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10-09-2008, 03:16 PM   #1
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Black Body Camera restoration

Do any of you know of a source to have a Black Body camera restored? I guess I mean repainted, but I'm not sure how the original finish was done.
I sent an Email to Eric H and he doesn't do it nor does he know of any one who does. Did a web search and the best I could find was a place that refinishes Black Leicas. I did not ask for a price. $$$$$$$$

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You may want to check Vintage Folding Cameras

He restores vintage folding cameras and sometimes will strip them down to the brass and polish the brass for a unique look. It seems that I read somewhere how he did it, but I can't for the life of me remember.
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I know you can get leather skins but I've never heard of the paint being restored.
I suppose you could take it to somewhere that does powder coating to see if they can match the paint. Just an idea?
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Sounds like you are looking at some sort of powder painting which is use by bike builders.

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QuoteOriginally posted by wlank Quote
Do any of you know of a source to have a Black Body camera restored? I guess I mean repainted, but I'm not sure how the original finish was done.
I sent an Email to Eric H and he doesn't do it nor does he know of any one who does. Did a web search and the best I could find was a place that refinishes Black Leicas. I did not ask for a price. $$$$$$$$
The original black finish on most cameras was good quality enamel paint. Nothing really special, I expect good quality model airplane paint (I recall those little tins of Humbrol quite fondly) would be a good choice for a type match.

Personally, I like the look of a well brassed black camera. One of the things I dislike about new cameras is that they don't brass.
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air brush ?

Has anyone here tried using an air-brush to apply a good quality black enamel or poly urethane paint to otherwise sad-looking camera parts?
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QuoteOriginally posted by fearview Quote

The OP was made 2 years ago.

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Do any of you know of a source to have a Black Body camera restored? I guess I mean repainted, but I'm not sure how the original finish was done...
Check out ths site:

How to paint a Pentax.
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The OP was made 2 years ago.
oh this is embarrassing.. sorry blue ..
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oh this is embarrassing.. sorry blue ..
Still though, the thread you linked to is pretty interesting and a valuable resource. The topic of painting/repainting comes up every once in a while and it was interesting to read of a person actually going through the process. The end result looked pretty good. The big question in my mind is how durable the finish is going to be.


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It's kind of funny - Nikonians of a certain era took pride in not coddling their gear - I've seen people of that era with a couple of Nikons, with lenses on, dangling and banging toghether on their straps. The stuff was tough, see, and it was a point of honor to have a brassed black body with dings and stuff, and to have some dinged up lens on it.

As far as I can tell, this was mainly a Nikon thing, though the wear and brassiness did catch on with users of other cameras as well.
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It's kind of funny - Nikonians of a certain era took pride in not coddling their gear - I've seen people of that era with a couple of Nikons, with lenses on, dangling and banging toghether on their straps. The stuff was tough, see, and it was a point of honor to have a brassed black body with dings and stuff, and to have some dinged up lens on it.

As far as I can tell, this was mainly a Nikon thing, though the wear and brassiness did catch on with users of other cameras as well.
I immediately see dennis hopper in apocalypse now. you are very right. but I don’t think it was mainly a nikon thing. leica users were the same way, and I think Pentax users then were also that way. it was in general a sign of a seasoned journalist, I know that for sure. the idea of a worn and brassy black camera now is more of a nostalgia thing I guess. you know its been loved and used well and often. like buying a really old watch.

also, tough as the nikon F may be, (I own one. have owned two, which included a black body F) it really is nothing compared to a Pentax screw mount body. the F had a few parts that can be considered more ‘rugged’ by design or materials used, but overall an F side by side against a spotmatic is no contest. the Pentax feels heftier, more rugged and well built. also more dependable in the field due to a much more simple design. simple=reliable. and there was nothing simple about the F.
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