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 bad.
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]>
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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.