Hi all; I'm involved in an audio restoration project. In 1999 there
were some messages on this list about the problem, but I haven't
been able to find any definitive answers.
Note that "dry tape squeal" is not the same as sticky-shed. Dry
tape squeal happens when the tape's original lubricant has dried up
due to age.
Is there any approved process to re-lubricate a tape? I'm loathe
to go out and buy any random silicone libricant or whatever and
There was an article out of the library of congress
which says to apply a "silicone solution or Krytox" but I'm not entirely
sure what this even means. (Krytox is an entire product line from DuPont.)
Can anybody tell me what the approved solution is?