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Original post by: John Sheridan ,

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If you don’t plan on using your VCR to record, an easier solution may be to affix a dry piece of lint free gauze over the erase head (to the left of the head drum).  That way the tape path passes directly over the gauze and the surface is gently wiped each time it passes through the machine.

For mine I used a 2x2” sterile gauze pad from CVS held in place with small zip ties at the bottom and top of the erase head.  Just be careful not to let the pad touch the bottom of the mechanism, else it may wind up wicking some of the oil from the guide track and smearing it against the tape.

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