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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]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
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
> MTS
>
> 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 
>> 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]>
>> 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
>>> deteriorates.
>>>    -  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.
>>>
>>> db=
>>>
>>>
>>
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