Years of dirt and grime can easily build up on the platter of your beloved Technics 1200’s. Continue reading to find out how you can restore your platters to their former shiny glory.
Steps for Cleaning Technics 1200 Platters
Step 1 – Removing the Surface Dirt
The first step for cleaning the Technics 1200 platter is to remove the surface dirt and grime. This is easily accomplished with a stiff bristle brush and a solution of water and baking soda.
Dip the brush into the solution and gently scrub the platter edge. Work your way around the platter, taking your time to ensure all areas are covered.
Step 2 – De-greasing the Platter
It’s slightly disturbing to think about, but most of the discoloration and dirt on the platters is from the oil on your hands. To remove this, use something like a glass cleaner – ie windex, or even a mild dish detergent. Again, apply this with your stiff bristle brush, making sure to cover the all the surfaces.
Step 3 – Wet Sanding
This step isn’t always needed, but can help remove the deepest of discoloration. I like to start with 1000 grit sand paper and work up to 1500 grit. Use the left over baking soda or mild detergent solution as the wetting agent. Again, work slowly and don’t stay in one spot too long. Use circular sanding patterns, and gentle hand pressure.
Step 4 – Final Polishing
At this point, there shouldn’t be any discoloration on the platters at all. If your platters still have gray or black marks, you need to revert back to earlier steps. For this step you will need metal polish. I like to use mother’s metal polish. It’s as easy as applying a small amount to a dry cloth and rubbing it on. You will see the platters start to sparkle before your eyes!
Now enjoy those clean platters, and perhaps think about reading about how to clean those needles?