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Cleaning a Nikon body


harvestman 8 10 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2011 12:57PM
I have a s/h Nikon F80, the the body of which seems to have had something sticky spilt on it some time by a previous owner, affecting the black "leather effect" covering.
I've tried dilute detergent, meths and white spirit to try and clean it up but to no effect. The solvents may actually have made it worse - perhaps they were the cause of the original problem...
Can anyone suggest an alternative way to solve this, or is there no way back?

Thanks,

Chris

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Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Oct 2011 2:16PM

Quote:The solvents may actually have made it worse - perhaps they were the cause of the original problem..


Yes and yes.

Peel off and replace.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
15 Oct 2011 2:55PM
...or peel it off and don't replace.

...or ignore it.


...or incorporate the existing staining into an art deco customised look.
harvestman 8 10 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2011 2:58PM
Thank you Paul - I had a bad feeling it would go this way!
I've never refurbished a camera body before; I suspect that it isn't straightforward. Is there a specialist out there who does this sort of thing?

Chris
adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
15 Oct 2011 4:06PM
Unlikely that the meths had any effect although the white spirit might have done.
Most likely the original damage was done with acetone, or nail varnish remover. These chemicals are a real no-no with plastics.
66tricky 8 742 Scotland
15 Oct 2011 4:06PM

Quote:I have a s/h Nikon F80, the the body of which seems to have had something sticky spilt on it some time by a previous owner, affecting the black "leather effect" covering.
I've tried dilute detergent, meths and white spirit to try and clean it up but to no effect. The solvents may actually have made it worse - perhaps they were the cause of the original problem...
Can anyone suggest an alternative way to solve this, or is there no way back?

Thanks,

Chris



Many Nikon Film cameras from the 90s and 2000s had issues with the rubber grips and body coating "melting". It appears the only "cure" is removal. You may find the odd replacement cover on Ebay. However, the cost per item is high compared to the cost of the body as F80s can be had for well under 100.
harvestman 8 10 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2011 4:28PM
Thanks - interesting to learn that Nikons have previous issues on this score. "Melting" is rather a good way of describing it! My main concern, apart from the annoying feel, is the way it will inevitably attract dirt. It just happens that I learned of an F80 body looking for a new owner today, so perhaps I should follow that up...
thewilliam 6 4.8k
15 Oct 2011 5:11PM
You might find a "for spares or repair" body for sale on Fleabay. Nikon parts are not usually very cheap so this could be a cheap solution.
harvestman 8 10 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2011 6:21PM
I just searched around on the web on this matter - it does indeed appear to be a commonly reported issue. Perhaps the most commonly recommended approach, apart from the replacement option, is the application of rubbing alcohol/surgical spirit. I just gave it a whirl - it needs to be worked in pretty well but it seems to be improving things as far as the stickiness is concerned. Whether it's a permanent fix or the problem returns only time will tell.
Thanks all for taking the trouble.
Chris
User_Removed 4 299 4 France
15 Oct 2011 8:44PM
I had the problem on my old f90x and in the end took a sharp knife and scraped it off...the camera has virtually no value even in pristine order and its only a back up for my F5...where the metal showed I used a black cd pen and its actually better to handle now...all I lost was the program mode listings....stuart
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Oct 2011 10:11PM
With a little time and patience you could do a nice custom job on this, fake leather in any colour you like Smile

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