black paper tape = mylar?

From: Ian Primus <>
Date: Mon Oct 6 20:12:56 2003

On Monday, October 6, 2003, at 03:28 PM, Pete Turnbull wrote:

> On Oct 6, 8:12, Lyle Bickley wrote:
>> I'd contact the seller and ask them if the tapes are oiled (you can
> smell the
>> oil) - if so, they are not mylar. (I've used a lot of that
> black/oiled tape
>> - btw, mylar tape is typically not black, IMHO and experience)
> You can often *feel* the oil. By a curious coincidence, I was talking
> to a guy, this morning, who still sells paper tape and used to be
> involved in its manufacture. He told me how it was oiled in bulk, and
> how they used to do it in small batches for special jobs. I now know
> how to oil my own :-)

That sounds interesting, how is it oiled? I had thought about that
before, and I couldn't imagine just dunking a roll of paper in oil, or
spraying it with oil or something. How oily is paper tape anyway? I
don't have any oiled tape, although I need to get some for my ASR33. I
have been using strips of computer paper to test, but I am worried that
the unoiled paper might wear down the punch. I thought about having a
stack of junk fanfold greenbar cut into 1" strips on the big machine in
at work, but since it wouldn't be oiled, I don't know if it would
damage anything. Do you really _need_ oiled tape, or can you get by
without it?

Ian Primus
Received on Mon Oct 06 2003 - 20:12:56 BST

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