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  1. I have multiple Hi8/Digital8 camcorders and VCRs, and I'm looking for the best way to clean the heads. I've heard q-tips are scratch or pull the heads, alcohol will rust the heads, chamois swabs will break the heads, cleaning tapes smear dust around, what should I do. I have an old VHS cleaning cassette.
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    Use 99 percent isopropyl alcohol, chamois swabs, and a very light touch. If that's too much trouble, use the cleaning cassette.
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  3. Originally Posted by JVRaines View Post
    Use 99 percent isopropyl alcohol, chamois swabs, and a very light touch. If that's too much trouble, use the cleaning cassette.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KCz59TCy8E

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  4. Originally Posted by Vitality View Post
    Wasn't that the cotton?
    I was pointing out the long discussion and disagreement about what to use. There are dozens of threads about head cleaning. They always devolve into arguments like that.
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    Originally Posted by Vitality View Post
    Originally Posted by JVRaines View Post
    Use 99 percent isopropyl alcohol, chamois swabs, and a very light touch. If that's too much trouble, use the cleaning cassette.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KCz59TCy8E

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    Originally Posted by Vitality View Post
    Wasn't that the cotton?
    It can never be said enough: never use cotton swabs.

    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    I was pointing out the long discussion and disagreement about what to use. There are dozens of threads about head cleaning. They always devolve into arguments like that.
    That thread had arguing? Seems tame to me.
    91%+ IPA and non-cotton foam/chamois/dSLR swabs. That's the simple formula. Most there knew this.
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  7. Originally Posted by lordsmurf View Post
    Originally Posted by Vitality View Post
    Wasn't that the cotton?
    It can never be said enough: never use cotton swabs.

    Originally Posted by jagabo View Post
    I was pointing out the long discussion and disagreement about what to use. There are dozens of threads about head cleaning. They always devolve into arguments like that.
    That thread had arguing? Seems tame to me.
    91%+ IPA and non-cotton foam/chamois/dSLR swabs. That's the simple formula. Most there knew this.
    Why exactly is cotton bad for VCR heads? Does it just leave cotton bits everywhere which takes days to remove, or does it actually do permanent damage to a VCR?
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    I've seen heads cleaned by a professional. He used cotton swabs but would NEVER touch the heads with them. He soaked them in isopropyl and used the swabs to dribble it over the heads.
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    Originally Posted by Vitality View Post
    Why exactly is cotton bad for VCR heads? Does it just leave cotton bits everywhere which takes days to remove, or does it actually do permanent damage to a VCR?
    Debris is one problem. More seriously, cotton fiber loops can snag the head and break it.
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