Removing Old Bellows?

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  1. Roger Thoms

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    I have a "Charten" 5x7 wood field camera that I'm planning to restore. The bellows are in bad shape and need to be replaced. Does anyone have any advice on removing the bellows, they are glued on. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    I had to take out the bellows in an old 120 folder. Even though this was a metal body I'm sure things cant be that different. I found a thin metal strip - like a small palette knife - initially and gently forced between the body and bellows, then the old glue seemed to give in as the blade was worked round the gap. Odd stuff old bellows glue, I've always found it to be very brittle.
     
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    That worked well, I hadn't thought of a palette knife. The old bellow are in rough shape, but I didn't want to damage them any further. I have a quote for new bellows from Camera Bellows and wanted to send the old bellows to them as intact as possible.
     
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    A hair blower or heat gun can soften things up...