> On Jan 24, 2022, at 10:27 PM, Gary Oliver via cctech <cctech@classiccmp.org> 
> wrote:
>> ...
> As to the real reason I was doing this: Most of my tapes are un-boxed and 
> have suffered being in a dusty area (before I got them) with the dust forming 
> a sort of 'crust' on the outside of the tape.  It's only on the first wrap or 
> so, but it's enough that it keeps those handy vinyl cohesive tapes from 
> sticking.  For that reason, I was trying to find something to clean of this 
> dusty gunk so the vinyl strip would hold the tape into a spooled condition. 
> It was the side-effect of this effort that lead me to the discovery if this 
> "removable layer" on the DECtape.
> BTW, does anyone know of a source for these vinyl strips.  My old ones are 10 
> mil blue very-flexible vinyl without any adhesive. They rely only on the 
> cohesive properties of vinyl-to-a-non-porous surface.  I tried using some of 
> the 'dry vinyl' sheets from Cricut (the plastic decal printer company.)  They 
> have a couple of colors without adhesive that they call "window cling" but 
> they aree only 4 mills thick and a bit flimsy, though so-far they are holding 
> ok.

There's a children's toy I remember: shapes cut from vinyl, intended to be 
stuck to windows to make pictures.  That seems to be the same stuff.


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