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From: Corey Bailey [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 07:42 AM
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Application method for LAST Tape Preservative

Quoting "Richard L. Hess" : > As to The Last Factory tape products, I found I > had to use much more than recommended and with > cassettes and reels that were not back coated but > squealed, I got minimal results. Hi Richard,I also found that I have to use much more than recommended in the white paperprovided by LAST.Basically, I soak a Texwipe with the lubricant and apply it to the oxide whilerewinding or forwarding the tape VERY SLOWLY. By slowly I mean roughly 5Ė7 Ips.While applying the lubricant, I use an eye dropper to keep the Texwipe wet. Iwill stop as often as necessary to re-fold the Texwipe and wet it again. Thelubricant does evaporate from the oxide, however I have encountered no adverseeffects from the layers winding onto the reel before the lubricant hasevaporated completely. While I donít drench the tape, I do make sure that thecoverage is such that the oxide gets wet. Because Iím coming in direct contactwith the fluid, I wear rubber gloves for the application process.Iíve also had excellent results using this procedure on 16mm & 35mm magneticfilm. The studio where I work does agree that the process is viable but isreluctant to adopt it as standard due the cost of the lubricant so it isreserved for the most problematic of media.The Engineering Dept at this same studio, noting my results, has tried it onsome sticky Hi-8 video tape with mixed results.LAST Factory claims that treating magnetic media with their lubricant willincrease shelf life. I have no evidence to support that claim.Until Richardís post, I was unaware of Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane and somehowmissed it in all of his writings but I will look into it and compare notes ifI'm able to try it.Cheers!Corey BaileyCorey Bailey Audio Engineering