My father left me the mix out to make vinyl lacquers he was head chemist and was given the task to make the mix and that what he did with 3 men team. His 2 friends died loooong time ago. He would have become 101 next december but he died last week.
I would welcome you to let me me know what would be the best to do now ?
Thanks for posting this. If what you are saying is that you have documentation and knowledge of lacquer formulations for creating lacquer masters, then you are in a unique position. Most aspects of vinyl record production have been expanding (record labels, new pressing plants, new mastering studios etc..) but we have not seen anybody willing to take the initiative to create a new lacquer plant. With only 2 plants that currently supply the worlds increasing demand, it is very much needed. It will be some work, but I believe (as do many other professionals and hobbyists) that there is defiantly a market for an alternative lacquer plant/product. I think I speak for the entire lacquer cutting community when I say, YES PLEASE GO FOR IT!
What was the name of the company your father worked for?
I too have a lacquer disk formula that was passed down to me from my Father that was very successful here in the United States. The issues you may face are simply the massive cost’s to build a lacquer manufacturing plant or perhaps have a plant make the formula for you. Also building a plant to process and coat the disks. I have spoken to several experts in this field, and after looking at the cost to do this, it would take a long time to make some a profit. Perhaps the options are better for you in your part of the world.
Why not buy a brand new lacquer from Apollo and strip it? I don't think you are going to find a supplier of discs for that purpose. I seem to recall its not as simple as getting a sheet of aluminum and cutting or punching it out.
I Agree, at least in the initial stages using a recycled disc is the way to go. There are plenty of "perfectly good" scrap discs laying against the walls of cutting studios around the world. you want to remove all lacquer, and polish the disc to a mirror finish.
The aluminium disc is polished to perfection. The company that bought Apollo from the previous owner, Capitol Records, is the same company that supplied Apollo with polished aluminium discs.
When I visited our supplier Transco in the heyday of vinyl, Dick Llewelyn told me that reject lacquer discs, as well as used discs from local studios, were put in boiling water to remove the lacquer coating so that the aluminium disc could be re-used.
As suggested, use an existing lacquer disc. Scrape the lacquer off the edges, place in boiling water and remove a single film of lacquer from each side of the disc. It comes off very easily in one piece.
Here's another tip for you.... when aluminium was diverted for the war effort and not available to manufacturers of lacquer discs, they used glass discs instead. There is no reason you can't use a sheet of square glass, or if you can, cut it to a round shape. This should work beautifully for testing purposes.