I have been given an old 8mm camcorder tape to transfer to DVD.
The problem I'm having is that "something" got spilled on it. I can only theorise that that something might be beer or some form of soft drink.
To top it all off, the tape has mildew on it.
Now normally I try to run those tapes and if they break (which they normally do), I tell the customer that it's fooked. (Of course I tell the customer beforehand that this might not play, break and can't be rescued. I'm mad for even putting filth like that in my camcorder for playing)
Does anyone know what can be done? Is there any treatment or solvent that will unstick the tape without destroying it?
I currently have the tape taken apart and have tried peeling it apart manually, but even if I get a tape end off the reel, as soon as I pull it, it just tears again, it's worse than Sellotape.
Of course I can just stick with my "It's fooked" line, but I wanted to give this one a try.