need tips on preserving cameras
I've ended up with somewhat of a 'collection' of cameras. Nothing really expensive. But I would still like to make sure they are protected against rust and time.
I was thinking that since WD40 is designed to prevent rust, I could spray some on a towel and rub in on external metal surfaces.
what else can I do to preserve my collection?
In the absence of professional opinion, I shall offer my own. Were they mine, I would not use WD-40. I collect vintage military firearms and have been advised against WD-40. I use a silicon spray, listed as safe for food-preparation areas and equipment.
John, Mount Vernon, Virginia USA
It is corrosive, its designed to break rust and such to loosten bolts.
I have yet to see WD-40 corrode anything. The WD stands for water displacement. It is meant to protect against corrosion by removing water and leaving corrosion inhibitors on the metal.
Re: need tips on preserving cameras
WD-40 is likely to migrate to places where you don't want it. This is why it's not usually recommended for cameras.
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Originally Posted by Terence
I use it regularly to over-winter a vintage motorcycle and use it on all unpainted metal (alum, chrome) and never had a problem with corrosion.. on the contrary and the bike is forty years old.
I've been using the Weiman Stainless Steel wipes. I sort of stumbled upon this stuff while managing a night club. I have a rather large collection of cameras and use these wipes on "ALL" of them. This stuff has proven, to me at least, to be safe on all camera exteriors. So far it works fine on leatherette, metal, and even polycarbonate cameras (the plastic ones). So you'll always see a container of these wipes in my CLA kits! It's something like a combination cleaner / lube that has the end results of Armor all. Be sure to use sparingly because it goes a long way
RB67, ETR, ETRS, F4, F5, FM3a, A1, AE1,
Bronica-S, Mamiya-7, Yashica TLR, & many many Range finders
Take advice from a repairer you trust in the same climate as yourself. Seem to remember one in Vacaville years ago. I'm a UK based, retired repairer.
People have on occasion brought cameras to me that they've tried to "repair" with WD40. And RUINED them! Great for motorcycles, OK for locks but death to cameras.
Cameras like a reasonably constant temperature; if you see condensation on your lens it will also be on internal metal parts. Sweat from your hands on those really hot, humid days - rain, obviously, avoid.
For storage keep in a cupboard or cabinet away from direct sunlight - not too much of a problem here in the UK - away from heating radiators or appliances, preferably against an internal wall, not in a kitchen or bathroom. If you have a spare room, great. We breathe out moisture all the time so if your cupboard has to be in a bedroom or living area choose the bigger room if you can to minimise humidity.
"Airing cupboards" are found in some houses in the UK - the hot water tank is in there - great for drying towels but will dry out some lubricants in cameras and cause others to separate & migrate. Leather can crack, adhesives can fail.
Exercise is good if you have the discipline for it, most of us don't. But if you can manage it, using them regularly helps to keep them moving.
Having said all that... I have some cameras that have been untouched in boxes for up to 25 years. Just now put batteries in four of them and all work fine!
Some will disagree but I don't use desiccants or plastic bags - each item I wrap in a square of undyed clean cotton cloth. Mostly because I've never known for certain all the possible causes of degradation of light-trap foams.
Hope this is of some help but don't forget I'm at least ten years behind the times...
Good advice for the operator as well as the camera. There is an old medical saw. “Motion is the best lotion.” At nearly 70 I take the Labradors for 8-12 miles a week of hiking. We keep the WD-40 for things in the garage.
Originally Posted by unclemack
Personally, I would save the WD-40 for in the garage. I wouldn't dare get it anywhere near my cameras. It might not be corrosive, but I would think that it would make the outer casing (Whatever it may be: Leather, Vinyl, plastic, rubber, cowhide, wood etc. etc.) oily. I do agree with the Stainless Steel wipes.
When I decide to put a camera away for a couple months, I usually do a deep cleaning of everything, and put it in one of my bags with Sillica.
My thoughts, take it or leave it!
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