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    For those who love brassing on their cameras...

    Ok, check out this eBay auction for a brass Pentax http://cgi.ebay.com/Pentax-Brass-Bod...-/200596165996

    I'm quite fond of the brassing around the edges of my black cameras, so I'm wondering what it would take to achieve this look. Also, is it only black cameras or do chrome cameras have brass underneath? (a stupid question perhaps)

    How do you think this is achieved? Just sanding, or is there a chemical treatment that could be done?

    Anyways, I think it looks pretty cool...
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    That looks like it was disassembled and dipped into some sort of paint remover. Note the lack of sanding marks.
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    from the description its a special edition. Its most likely that they just didn't plate/annodize the metal parts of the body before construction. Or they made it just like always and just plated it differently period. I have no idea what the base metal would have originally been, though its a sure thing that they didn't make just the edges brass so we would tell if they had been handled well. lol.

    You could create your own but you would have to completely strip it down and send it to a plating shop - like the guys that do chrome...lot of work.
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    Perhaps the best thing to do is just use the hell out of it and get your own brassing.
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    Some of these older slrs are brass under the paint. I think my old Vivitar 250 was brass.

    Example on web:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kianany...n/photostream/

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    The covering plates of the Pentax Spotmatic and similar versions, like this H3V, were made of brass. Those versions with "black paint" can be easily taken to the brass with paint stripper. The "chrome" versions would need to have the layers of chrome removed, preferably by a chrome plating firm.

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    Sure does look neat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by resummerfield View Post
    The covering plates of the Pentax Spotmatic and similar versions, like this H3V, were made of brass. Those versions with "black paint" can be easily taken to the brass with paint stripper. The "chrome" versions would need to have the layers of chrome removed, preferably by a chrome plating firm.
    Exactly right. Most older cameras' covers were made from brass sheet, because it can be easily formed into the shapes needed, and needs no underplate before chroming.
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    The black paint on Pentaxes of that era had/has a habit of crazing, cracking and going manky easily enough without the aid of too much paint stripper!
    I once spoke to an ex-camera salesman who told me how he'd sold a new black bodied SLR (I forget the make) only to have the buyer return next day to ask for some instruction in using it. Funny thing was, overnight the purchaser had taken some fine abrasive to the edges and corners of the body to give it that well-worn look, even though it had never had a film through it.
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    Hmmm... what kind of paint stripper are we talking about... in theory of course! ?
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