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I bought this years ago
on February 27, 2010
I bought this wet cleaning system about 20 years ago, and it still works. I hadn't used it in many years, but a friend asked me to copy his VHS tapes to DVDs, since I have a Panasonic DVD/VCR recorder, that records to both DVDs and VCR tapes. Since his tapes were old, they weren't the best quality. I wanted to make sure that I got the most out of his tapes, so I dug around and found this cleaner. The bottle of solution had dried up, but it's only alcohol, so I just used a bottle of regular rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol).
The Maxell unit still works, and I noticed improvement when I played his tapes, so I know it still works. The only thing that is better than using this cleaner is to open the DVD/VCR, and wipe the recording head with alcohol. It's a quick and easy job, but this Maxell unit does a decent job. If the head was really dirty, I'd have cleaned the head by hand.
If you want to clean the head by hand, just take out the screws that hold the cover on the VCR, and remove the cover. That big, silver looking thing that is tilted on an angle, is the recording head. Just wet a cotton ball with alcohol, and wipe it all over the head. Make sure you wipe the entire head several times, using several clean cotton balls that are wet with alcohol. You can also wipe the rubber rollers that move the tape along to clean the tape residue that is on them. By the time you get the cover back on the VCR, the heads will be dry and ready to use.