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Cleaning VCR Head

Older, analog with built in VCR. What exact cassette head cleaner should I look for and where should I look for it

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You can buy it on amazon, specific for job, look for video head cleaner... it will likely be alcohol based from memory

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Head cleaning cassettes for 8 mm and Hi8 are exactly the same, there is no Hi8 head cleaning cassette except one that Sony used to sell for almost three times as much as a regular 8mm and offered nothing special.

Sony also made a bit of a big deal that you can't use "wet" cleaners inside your Sony Hi8 camcorders...also not true and Sony was just trying to part you from your wallet.

I can understand if you have some concerns about these things so I suggest you Google around something like "head cleaners for 8mm and Hi8."

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This is the head cleaner that you would need for your camcorder. These are the best! We use this particular one in our repair shop and they last a really long time. I have some that are over 5 years old and they still work.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-V825CLD-Camcorder-Cleaning-Cassette/dp/B00005TQKQ

When using a head cleaner, play it for only 5 to 10 seconds at a time. If there is improvement, but it still doesn't look exactly right, run the head cleaner again for another 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat as necessary. The reason for this is because the tape is semi-abrasive and will wear down your heads (over time) if it is run for long periods of time.

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Most likely the VCR needs a head cleaning. This is common when playing older or rented tapes as the oxide recording surface can flake off and clog the video heads. You can try a head cleaning cassette. Make sure to get a wet-type cassette which you moisten with the included cleaning fluid.

Unfortunately this is not always successful for severely clogged heads. It may be necessary to remove the cover and clean the heads with a chamois cleaning swab moistened with head cleaner. Hold the swab flat against the round drum that holds the heads and move the drum back and forth while holding the swab steady. Repeat this for each of the heads. The heads are fragile and can be damaged by incorrect cleaning, so you might want to see what a shop in your area charges. (The shop I worked in used to charge $20, but that was several years ago.)

There's also the chance there's been head failure or some other problem has developed, but dirty heads are very common.

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