Lubricating/Unsticking an Instamatic 100 Shutter

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  1. ektachrome

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    Hello All
    I am faced with a problem. I have an Instamatic 100 that i want to use, but after cleaning the insides to get rid of the tobacco resin/smell, the shutter sticks.:sad: Any way of stopping this? Will lighter fluid or WD-40 help?
    Thanks again
    Ektachrome:smile:
     
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    what is the material made of...

    If you want to take stickiness from a metal part as long as it's not painted use acetone. don't use it on painted stuff or plastic or bakelite.

    Naptha/Lighter Fluid on a QTip will remove the stickiness


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    Hi Again
    The material is steel. It is not painted.
    Anyway, what is a QTip. Is it a cotton bud?
    Thanks
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    A cotton swab you normally stick in your ear after a shower, but to photographers, it's a cheap cleaning wand. :smile:
     
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    Yay Instamatic!

    I have the 104 and it's a blast to use. Yours uses regular flash bulbs where mine takes cubes.

    If I have it right you get two shutter speeds. One, about 1/80th, with the flash down and another, ~ 1/40th with the flash up (even without a bulb in).

    You can use this feature to your advantage.
     
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    Thanks.
    i now have unstuck it and ran a roll of truprint 126 film in it!!
    It is an amazing camera, to go beside my brownies and leicas

    i have also discovered a large stock of flashbulbs, to flash away for 120 pics!!!
     
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    People love it when they see you using one of these classic icons.