Please help reviving dirty/damaged 8mm tape

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by jakesnake66, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. jakesnake66

    jakesnake66 Guest

    A while back a can of Coke got spilled directly on an 8mm video tape that
    came out of my Sharp camcorder. I snapped the tape up immediately, and I
    could not tell how much liquid actually made contact with the tape. Not
    knowing what to do, I let the tape sit for a few hours, in the event it
    needed to dry. When I tried to play it later on the camcorder, the
    camcorder's "dew/clog" light came on and it froze up. I cleaned the tape
    heads, and the camcorder would play all my other tapes, but to this day it
    will not play the tape that got wet.
    This tape is hugely important to me, and I absolutely have to salvage it
    some way. I have taken it to two camera/video places, but they "don't do
    that sort of thing." I'm confident that the tape is carrying residue of the
    Coke - sugar, dyes, whatever - that can be cleaned with the right process.
    I'm willing to go over this tape inch by inch if necessary, with whatever
    solution or cleaner might work.
    Please help me devise a solution, as I just have to save this tape.

    Thank you for any input.

    jakesnake66, Jul 8, 2004
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  2. jakesnake66

    SimMike- Guest

    I bet you can take apart the plastic case (many are screwed together) and clean
    the entire length of tape with warm water. It will be a slow process because you
    will have to let it dry totally before you start rolling it up again.You'll
    probably have to do a couple of feet at a time, let it dry, and then roll some
    more out.

    Too bad it wasn't diet coke - this version dries without any sticky residue.

    Not to be too mean sounding, but it was kind of dumb to put it back in your
    expensive camcorder without cleaning.
    SimMike-, Jul 9, 2004
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    Rick Guest

    Before doing that, I'd first take the case off to see exactly where
    the soda went. The way these cases are designed, unless you
    really soaked it, or turned it over, the liquid most likely went into
    the space between the reels and case -- not on the tape itself.
    If the reels are sticking to the case, that would cause your clog
    light to come on. But it's relatively easy to clean up once you
    take the case off.

    Rick, Jul 9, 2004
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    Brian Guest

    I'd advise you to backup any tape of high value, even copying it to a
    VHS tape would be better than not backing it up.

    Good luck in restoring your 8mm tape.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Jul 9, 2004
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