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WD 40 is a solvent. Good for unfreezing a rusty hinge, but what does it 
do to recorded tape over time?

joe salerno


On 8/14/2012 6:55 PM, Dennis Rooney wrote:
> Dear Rainer,
>
> You've by now learned what WD40 is. DO NOT follow the strategy described in
> an earlier posting using WD40. It's akin to using cling wrap in place of a
> condom.
>
> DDR
>
> On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 6:02 PM, Birgit Lotz Verlag <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Ahem,
>> what is WD40???
>>
>>
>> Ted Kendall schrieb:
>>
>>> On 14/08/2012 21:12, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi, Shai,
>>>>
>>>> No apology needed...I appreciated you mentioning the technique.
>>>>
>>>> Have you had success with it?
>>>>
>>>> Cheers,
>>>>
>>>> Richard
>>>>
>>>> On 2012-08-14 1:35 PM, Shai Drori wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I feel an apology is in order on my part. I was running out the door
>>>>> and totally forgot about Richards website. Not to mention that I should
>>>>> have credited him. Check out the a77 in the fridge picture. LOL
>>>>> shai
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>   With the usual caveats, this worked on a reel of Shamrock under extreme
>>> duress (many years ago, I may add) :
>>>
>>> The tape in question was a dub of ETs of Buddy Holly's hometown radio
>>> station on the day of his death, and was required yesterday for a TV
>>> production (aren't they always?). I had a Revox 700 to hand, but could not
>>> stop the tape squealing. In desperation I sprayed the tape with WD40.
>>> Instant success! - followed by instant failure as the lubricant passed on
>>> and the squeal returned. Eventually, however, I found that wedging some
>>> cotton bud tip betwixt erase head and fixed guide, in contact with the
>>> tape, and dousing it every three seconds with the WD40 enabled silent
>>> playback. Of course, it created a b-awful mess of tape and machine, but
>>> this cleaned up all right, and in any case the job sometimes has to come
>>> before the tool!
>>>
>>>
>>
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Joe Salerno