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07-20-2018, 09:12 AM   #1
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Pentax MX touch up paint

I am in the process of changing the light seals on my Pentax MX. The very difficult mirror box is successfully finished, and the rest of the camera is cleaned waiting for new seals to be installed.

When removing the old seals from the inside of the film door, I ended up with removing some of the paint. Does anybody have any suggestions about which kind of paint that can be used to touch up the inside of the camera door?

I am grateful for advice on this matter!

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Flat black paint for hobby use works.
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Flat black paint for hobby use works.
Thank you!

The vendor I purchased the light seal kit from suggested using Krylon semi-flat spray paint #1613, a product which is more or less impossible to source in Norway.

I have also though about using Humbrol enamel paint, that is easily found in hobby shops here. So, I believe I will start by visiting a local shop selling hobby articles.
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Is the surface flaking or just scratched? If flaking - removing the old paint that isn't adhering would be critical. If just scraped off in a few spots any good flat black touch up paint should work. I would just verify that it will stick to the metal and apply with a sponge brush rather than spray unless you have a precision airbrush setup.

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Is the surface flaking or just scratched? If flaking - removing the old paint that isn't adhering would be critical. If just scraped off in a few spots any good flat black touch up paint should work. I would just verify that it will stick to the metal and apply with a sponge brush rather than spray unless you have a precision airbrush setup.
Thank you for providing advice! I used denatured alcohol and a wooden tool to remove the old light seals, I guess the surface is scratched. Here is a photo of the MX camera door.
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Thank you for providing advice! I used denatured alcohol and a wooden tool to remove the old light seals, I guess the surface is scratched. Here is a photo of the MX camera door.
Just lightly run your hands over that or perhaps a soft cloth and make sure no flaking is happening. If it is widen the area by scraping off a little more.
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Just lightly run your hands over that or perhaps a soft cloth and make sure no flaking is happening. If it is widen the area by scraping off a little more.
Thank you! I will check the affected area for possible flaking.
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Paint for models has a more gentle and controlled spray – and there are some grays and blacks for model railroad use that might give you more color choice.

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Spray paint is a great way to refinish a larger area.
Complete disassembly, proper surface preparation and masking are required if you want it to look like new.

OTOH if you just want to touch up a small area a brush-on liquid paint is much easier to apply in a controlled manner.
However repair may be visible and color will likely not be a perfect match.

A neat item I have found for small touch ups is paint markers.
Micro-Tools sells them in gloss black and flat black finishes.
I believe they have a EU website.

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A flat touch up marker is likely your best choice.

There's no hope of cosmetically matching the original finish. Pentax and others hard anodized their alloy back doors. The outsides got enamel paint and leatherette. The inside surface is what you've chipped through.

Flat black paint is closest, and will guard against any internal reflections.
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BTW I bought the paint markers I mentioned from Micro Tools long ago.
They are not cheap, but after probably ten years they are still usable.

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Thanks everyone for providing advice, much appreciated!

I ended up with buying a small tin of Humbrol flat black #33 enamel paint, and have applied the first coating. I am sure this will function well enough, especially with regards to avoiding reflections. The affected area on the MX camera door is mainly underneath a light seal, so most of the paint job it will be masked by the new light seal.

The paint marker at micro-tools looks interesting, and I will order one from the micro-tools EU shop in the near future to check it out.

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To side track my own thread: Are there different versions of the Pentax MX, like early and late versions? I believe I have read something about this somewhere.

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