some questions on restoring an arri sb
Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:18 AM
I got the cameras in great functional shape, and now I want to do some aesthetic face lift on them.
I have two main questions:
1. what is the black patterned material covering the sb body and mags, and what is the best method of cleaning it without causing it harm? also, is it possible to do anything about engravings and scratches on this material?
2. one of the cameras (an earlier type sb; serial no. 8549) has a motor locking lever and a cannon sync out which are different from those I know from other sb's, so my question is, do you think these parts are original parts that originally came with this camera, or later add-ons/ replacements? if so I would try to replace them with original ons.
pics of my aesthetically challenged magazine and of the camera parts in question:
Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:55 PM
For cleaning you can use a damp rag with a mild cleaning agent, window cleaner works well. Some people like to use shellite (napthal or Zippo fluid in the US). For tough stains try a citrus cleaning agent, but old tape residue in particular can be a bitch to clean off. A good quality corrosion inhibitor like CRC 2-26 or 5-56 lightly applied with a cloth, then wiped down with a clean rag is a good idea if metal is starting to tarnish, I also use it with a cotton bud on screw heads. Avoid acetone, thinners or other strong cleaning agents that can discolour the paintwork.
You can use automotive touch-up paint to fill in scratches, or wrinkle finish spray enamel for larger areas but it can be tricky to match the colour exactly, and the surface needs to be thoroughly clean and de-greased. For a proper restoration you need to strip the camera right down, a very big job.
Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:15 PM
Once again you save the day (:
Do you have any opinion about the motor locking lever and the cannon sync out? do you think they are original?
Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:51 AM
Having these guys at least to the paint will make a big difference as it's a very specialized process.