Smoothing out wrinkled VHS tape...

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  1. DeathStar1

    DeathStar1 Producer

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    I ironed out a peice of wrinkled of VHS tape, in hopes of making it smooth again, and restoring the picture?

    A Tape got a bit chewed up in the VCR, and now when it goes through VCR, a white line or three will appear over the video. I was thinking about smoothing it out with my finger, but that didn't work. The next idea was to Smooth it over with an Iron(No water in it, of course), turned on at Steam Pressure, in hopes of smoothing it out..

    Anyone think this might work?
     
  2. Scott Kimball

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    The most likely result will be a melted tape.

    After running a finger over it and getting skin oil on the tape, even without ironing, you run the risk of clogging your video heads... and that's if the wrinkled tape doesn't damage the head by itself.

    The best solution is to run the tape once, preferably in an old VCR, and copy the tape to a new one in that first and only pass. Then toss the damaged tape and don't play it again.

    -Scott
     

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