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Tim Murray
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 - posted August 18, 2015 02:06 PM      Profile for Tim Murray   Email Tim Murray   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Has anyone a solution to repairing the sprocket holes on 8mm film? I had some film damaged by running through a dodgy projector and now it jumps when run. The film is ok it is the sprocket holes that are damaged. It plays back to front ok as the sprocket holes are only damaged at one side. Any ideas?

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Vidar Olavesen
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I tend to like the Kodak presstapes for this. Works fine for me, not sure if it's more than 3-5 sprockets that are gone, but under 5 works nicely

Good luck, sad to hear films get damaged, but sometimes it happens

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Tim Murray
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Hi thanks for this. Is this a splicing tape then, or something else? Thanks

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Vidar Olavesen
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Yes, it's splicing tape, but they are fairly long and covers 4 sprockets or so I think

It's like this one
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Kodak-Presstape-Universal-Splicer-/221851546704?hash=item33a761f450

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Maurice Leakey
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Super-8-Movie-Film-Splicing-Tape-Presstape-splices-formerly-Kodak-Presstapes-/261384732944?hash=item3cdbbe8110

These are the tapes which could be useful for perforation repairs. Unfortunately they only seem to be on sale in the USA.

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Joe Taffis
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As long as the damage isn't too bad, you can try applying some film cement (the kind used for cement splicers) to the damaged areas. I've done this with a few films that had moderate sprocket damage instead of using tape or editing precious frames...

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Adrian Winchester
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Good to see another member in Croydon!
Vidar - when repairing sprocket damage, do you apply Presstapes to both sides of the film, and do you use the whole tape or just cut off and use the edge with the sprocket holes (which 16mm users sometimes do). Can you actually make the damage difficult to spot, or is it more a matter of getting the film through the projector without losing the loop?

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