VHS refurbishing...?

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VHS refurbishing...?

Anyone have any tricks or tips that they have found?

I recently got a vhs through the mail that got crushed in delivery and had to change the reels to another case which is simple enough. Though, when it came to transfering the stickers I ran into a few problems. They were foil stickers which peeled and tore away from the backing. I figure next time I'll use a razor blade... might work a little better. I also had to take the box appart and iron and tape it, for it too got crushed.

Anyone know of a good way to get these and other types of stickers off while keeping them intact and without damaging the cassette?

Also, any suggestions on types or brands of glue to reattatch them? I know that some glues contain solvents that might melt the cassette. Was planning on trying rubber cement, just not sure how well it will bond to plastic.

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I read a magazine article the explained how electronics repair people removed and replaced warranty stickers without damaging them. I'm afraid I can't remember what the process was, or which issue it was in, but looking online I found a guide here:

http://www.eevblog.com/forum/blog/eevblog-799-how-to-remove-warranty-voi...

I think the article I read described using a heat gun (a hair drier might do) to soften the glue first. There are some more videos later in the thread that I haven't watched. No idea about the glue, I'd probably try super glue (in fact I might have done in the past), but I can imagine myself regetting it.

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I've ordered a tape from the internet before that had broken pieces, but I was able to take it apart, and the tape worked perfectly after that.

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I've never had a problem removing new stickers... it's the 20-30 year old ones that are tough!

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I wonder if a heat gun is really effective on the older stuff, I definitely noticed that the older Blockbuster stickers just fall off (25+ year old ones) it makes sense as the adhesive just dries out over time.

Of course certain brands (Vestron) just seem to fall off when you don't want them to.