Paint on a 1930s camera (Rolleicord Art Deco)

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by Sethasaurus, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. Sethasaurus

    Sethasaurus Member

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    Has anyone come across a good modern equivalent for the paint on these cameras?
    It looks to be a powder-based paint which is somewhere between satin and gloss - i.e. modern glossy paint just doesnt work.

    I did a test-run with gloss on a junk camera that had the same kind of finish. While the paint was dry to the touch, I sanded with 1200 grit paper and wiped it with isopropyl. Not bad, although for the Rollei, I want the repaint on the viewfinder to look just right.
     
  2. greybeard

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    Not familiar with the camera in question, but in the 1930s the premium long-wearing finish was baked enamel, very commonly seen on cameras, firearms, and medical/scientific instruments. It is still made, and as of a few years ago could be bought in small quantities from gunsmithing suppliers. I wouldn't be surprised to find it used for musical instrument restoration, and in that case maybe in a color other than black :smile:

    (If you do a Google search, try the term "baking enamel".)