I was wondering what people use to add a sheen to the black "paint" finish on film camera bodies. I own several cameras and I believe that
clients want to see a camera that is clean and has the appearance of being
Tempted to use a product here in Australia called "Armor All" but the instructions say do not use on paint. Not sure if the finish on
cameras is paint?
>Tempted to use a product here
in Australia called "Armor All"
Every camera assistant in the world respectfully requests that you never
ever ever put Armor All or anything even remotely resembling Armor All
on any camera equipment.
Not only will it get all over your hands and then onto the film, the back
and front of the lens elements and the filters, the gate and all manner
of other places where it has no business being, it makes it impossible
for tape to stick to the camera and magazine. And as we all know, the
camera department runs on sticky tape.
A nice clean up with a slightly damp cloth and perhaps a tiny touch up
or two with appropriate detail paint is more than enough. When it becomes
embarrassingly ratty looking there are a number of places that will disassemble
your camera and re-paint it with the correct epoxy finish.
But please, from the bottom of my heart, no Armor All.
Motion Picture First Camera Assistant
>I was wondering what people
use to add a sheen to the black "paint" >finish on
film camera bodies.
A lot of cameras are painted - as silly as it sounds, you could try a
rag or paper towel that has been very lightly dusted with Lemon Pledge
furniture polish - this is actually not wax any more but a silicone preparation
- we've used it on motorcycle bits for years to make a quick shine and
make things easier to clean later...it is relatively benign as it is assumed
that it will be sprayed on inappropriate furniture surfaces...of course
it may make things a little bit slippery which could be a bad thing in
the case, for instance, of 16mm mags which get grabbed side to side with
one hand a lot.
What my late partner did with his 16 SR was to cover almost all of it
with 3M brand safety-tread which is a pebbly rubber that comes in self-adhesive
rolls. helps cushion the various bits of camera from knocks and dings,
and might even quiet it down.