Dave Burnham, I think John makes a good suggestion -- try very hot water first, see how you do. And
please report back if you try it! I'd like to know if water alone will remove the goo.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Schroth" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 4:10 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Chandos CD ALERT
> Interestingly enough - I have a rather large camera collection in my lobby and the leatherette
> finish on some of the 1970's Kodak Camera products (such as the Super 8mm motion picture cameras)
> are also turning to goo.
> What about using very hot water to soften and remove the foam from between the CD's? In that way
> one does not stand the risk of clouding the CD surface with a chemical.
> John Schroth
> On 9/29/2015 2:03 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Hi Alan:
>> Yes, agree. However, let me report that I just salvaged several Kodak slide carousel trays from
>> the 1980s, and the foam was in good shape. I still threw it out, knowing it would eventually go
>> I do think the US and European versions of this foam were different "recipes," and that the US
>> version tends to last longer and deteriorate more as a somewhat sticky powder rather than a
>> ruinous gooey ooze. It probably also depends on climate (temp and humidity).
>> -- Tom Fine
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Alan Lewis" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 1:55 PM
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Chandos CD ALERT
>>> The same foam warning should be applied to many AV products and containers:
>>> - 3M 2" videotape cases from the 1960s used a foam gasket that
>>> - Some Kodak 35mm Carousel slide drum cardboard boxes had a sheet of
>>> foam in them.
>>> - Some electronic component packaging and carrying cases were/are
>>> foam lined.
>>> - Some 3M 1" and 2" videotape reels had a foam lined upper flange.
>>> in this case, the problem was not with the foam but rather with the adhesive
>>> that leaked through the foam onto the tape pack.
>>> Alan Lewis
>>> Washington, DC
>>> In a message dated 9/29/2015 12:41:16 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
>>> [log in to unmask] writes:
>>> Last night I pulled out a Chandos CD set that I had bought in the mid-'80s
>>> and was horrified to see that the foam sheet that was placed between
>>> facing CDs was rotting and adhering to the CDs. This residue seems to be
>>> unremovable, rendering the CDs unplayable. When I got home I checked other Chandos
>>> box sets and found the same problem developing. Strangely I looked at
>>> other brands similarly packaged and there didn't seem to be a problem. However
>>> I am now removing these sheets from ALL such sets.
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