cleaning a camera barney
Posted 05 September 2006 - 02:33 PM
I recently purchased an Eclair NPR for shooting a short film and maybe more. On ebay, I purchased an NPR camera barney to reduce the noise as I will be shooting sync. The problem is the barney has an extremely strong chemical odor to it. It smells toxic. I asked the seller why it smelled and they replied they didn't know, it was their father's and was in storage for many years and their father had passed on. They were just selling his old film stuff. No returns. Anyway, I wanted to know if anyone has ever cleaned a barney before. The seller suggested I scrub it with common cleaning supplies and let it dry. Before I do this, I want to make sure that getting it moist or wet won't ruin the insides and cause it to rot or something awful like that. Also, can you dry one in a clothes dryer? Basically I'm clueless on how to safely clean this thing. I normally would just ignore the smell but the odor is that bad. It smells toxic. Any suggestions would be gladly welcome. Thanks for your time.
Posted 06 September 2006 - 05:03 AM
There is a commercial disinfectant called "Nolvasan". If your smell is bacteria, fungus, or mildew in origin, and it looks like your barney can be soaked in water, soaking the barney in a Nolvasan solution will take care of the smell. One source of Nolvasan is:
I recently purchased an Eclair NPR for shooting a short film and maybe more. On ebay, I purchased an NPR camera barney to reduce the noise as I will be shooting sync. Michael Folk
The 4oz bottle will make 4 gallons of disinfectant, a little goes a long way!
Posted 06 September 2006 - 01:19 PM
To Hal Smith, again- thanks. If the dry cleaning doesn't work I'll definitley try the solution you suggested.
I really appreciate both of you suggestions.