HELP! Left rare Rolling Stones 45record in sun/heat & it warped! What is best way to fix?!

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  1. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Hello all
    I left this in my car or outside during a afternoon collectibles show (it's happened over a year ago; afterwards I put it in a drawer afterwards & tried not to think about what I did).
    Is there any way to fix it? The record was mint(!) glossy black & looking like it was never played. Before I give up I thought if anyone knew how to safely return it to it's original condition it would be someone on the Antiquers forum!
    Thanks all

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  2. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

    Nothing is going to get it back to 100% original shape. There are specialty machines out there for $1000+ that are said to work well. Also, cheaper ways that some say work, and some say are worthless.

    You should try searching around on that discogs forum for other advice. There are many threads about warped records there.

    I've seen mention of heating between glass sheets in an oven or just putting weight on them and let them sit for weeks. Most likely you'll still be left with heat damage to the grooves even if you do get them to lie flat.
  3. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  4. Miscstuff

    Miscstuff Sometimesgetsitright

    Haven't read the discogs ideas but personally I would sandwich it between some thin (<5mm) dense foam then sandwich that between two panes of glass and do the oven trick. Might work.
  5. flipper

    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

    I think it will be easier, no matter which option you choose, to flatten the record out, than to have it ever sound "mint" again. I'm sorry for your loss:( but I wish you success!
  6. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    Foam in the oven is a no no, apart from being flammable it can give off toxic gases.

    I would let it warm up again in the car and then put it in a press, sheets of glass with weight, books etc.
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  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    And it could melt and stick to the record.:nailbiting:
  8. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    That's what I was thinking. Then you've got a flower pot in the making - a very expensive flower pot.
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  9. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    Have you tried to play it? If it still plays, I was also thinking another car stint could return it to original. Any other heat treatment could badly affect the inside of the grooves.
  10. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    I was thinking of putting it between 2 sheets of glass with weight on top & sitting it on the porch floor - it hit 91-92 here in Miami Tues!
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  11. gerspee

    gerspee Well-Known Member

    Put on a flat surface and get another flat surface to put on afterwards . Then heat it with a hair dryer to get it soft and place the flat plate on top and leave it there until it's cools off . Then check and do again if needed . Done that in the old days and works :)
  12. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    My parents lived with us for three months after my Dad had his stroke while they were waiting for elder housing. She rearranged the room I gave them and put a case of my records under a table next to the baseboard heater. About ten of my favorite vintage albums became very expensive warped art.
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  13. elarnia

    elarnia SIWL

    A lot of your value in this is in the cover, not the record. You are not likely to be able to fix the warp to make it sound good, even if you can make it look good. I would put the effort into looking for a copy of the record that lacks a cover. Good luck!
  14. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    i concur......the record is important....but original cover art is sought after.....
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  15. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Good idea - but this one may be difficult to find; it has 4 songs on the one 45 rpm record
  16. elarnia

    elarnia SIWL

    Check out websites like Discogs - look for Decca 457.039 under the format 7" EP (extended play) and look for a copy with no cover, generic cover (which will be plain paper), or poor condition cover - should be able to find one between 4 and 10 euros plus shipping. If you live anywhere where there are used record stores, look there. Chances are it will be just a dollar or two without the sleeve. Far more people kept the records than then sleeves. (btw Discogs uses catalog photos - showing a sleeve doesn't mean they have one, you have to read the description.)

    If you are planning to sell it, rather than going through the search, you could list it as "sleeve only" - sell it to someone who has a record & needs the cover or someone who just collects sleeves.

    "People buy covers without records?" you ask. Yep - a record may have had a different cover in each country - some people want both but some find the covers alone easier to store. And then there are some covers - well - check out Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream. ;) In 10 years in a used record store no-one ever asked me what condition the record was in. :angelic:
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