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03-09-2019, 03:34 PM   #1
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Lens body restoration.

I'd like to repaint some of the chips and scratches away. I have a few vintage lenses that I would like to bring back to their former glory. I also would like to know what kind of paint to use for the aperture dials. Also would steel wool 0000 be good for removing some of the scratches on the aluminum body?


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I can"t see how getting small filaments of steel in the cracks and openings of your lens would do it any good. Forget steel wool.
Try a metal polish such as Flitz. Don't worry about the scratches it cannot remove.
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I can"t see how getting small filaments of steel in the cracks and openings of your lens would do it any good. Forget steel wool.
Try a metal polish such as Flitz. Don't worry about the scratches it cannot remove.
Thanks for the advice. I used metal glo polishing paste already. This was the before.

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Engineers (fine) cutting paste and a polishing wheel would be best for those small scratches. Obviously complete disassembly would be required to ensure safety of the optics.

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I've never seen a bare metal lens with a mirror finish even when brand new. Camera bodies either, except gold plated editions. That's not so say it shouldn't be, I've just never seen it.
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Engineers (fine) cutting paste and a polishing wheel would be best for those small scratches. Obviously complete disassembly would be required to ensure safety of the optics.
Thank you.
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I've never seen a bare metal lens with a mirror finish even when brand new. Camera bodies either, except gold plated editions. That's not so say it shouldn't be, I've just never seen it.
There's plenty of them. The only gold plated ones I have seen are the fake Leica, and limited edition Vivitar that was gold plated. Oh there's also the LX Pentax lens that I almost forgot.

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The problem with aggressive polishing needed to remove a scratch is that you'll remove any anodizing in that area, resulting in an uneven finish as the unanodized area greys from oxidation.

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