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    Glueing (sp?) bellows on a Century Graphic...

    I have a Century Graphic with red bellows- bellows are in fine condition, but while tightening the Graflock back retainers, the bottom of the rear bellows separated from the body(see pic). So what adhesive is recommended? I was going to have at it with Gorilla glue, but figured I should ask the more knowledgeable folks around here...

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    Bob K

    Pic shows the bottom of the bellows detached from the camera frame....(the 'red line' is the edge of the bellows that seats up against the camera frame)
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    Hi Bob,
    Why don't you try and go over to Graflex.org and use the search function. Search for "Century AND bellows". I got 98 different threads.

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    Dave
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    You need to use a contact/impact adhesive this is what major bellows makers etc use.

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    Ahhhh…

    But what IS that cement!?
    I'll Google as advised
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    Contact/impact adhesive isn't cement, I can't advise on a US brand as I don't know the market look here for a description of acontact adhesive. In the UK Evostick or Unibond are two main suppliers and where what was used by Camera Bellows (now Custom Bellows) to attach my new bag bellows to their frame back in 1976, still a perfect join.

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    I don't know the US brands of this glue either but it's the type of glue usually used to fix laminate surfaces such as Formica. The glue is applied to both surfaces and left to dry. Then the surfaces are brought together to create the bond.


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    Thanks gentlemen!

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    Ask your friendly hardware man for contact cement. He'll direct you to the shelf with several choices. The cements are pretty much the same, pick the bottle that's most appealing. I prefer "Pliobond".
    Heavily sedated for your protection.



 

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