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    When I was processing my crocus pics I had several sheets fogged. So out came the light and upon inspection I find my bellows must have come from Switzerland! Several holes in the corners of the bellows folds. So how do I fix these little pesty problems. Hopefully with no exotic materials.

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    Eric, Depending on how badly your bellows are affected, Bostick and Sullivan (A search will locate them) has a bellows repair kit. I have not used it myself but others have indicated that it works very well. In leiu of that replacement bellows may be purchased at several places. I have had Western Bellows make replacement bellows for a couple of cameras. I recommend them highly.
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    Depending on how bad and how much looks matter. Tape should work no? Or just the old trick of putting your darkcloth over the bellows. If it's a common camera new bellows might exceed the cost of a replacement camera-((

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    Being a good Canuckdian, I was figuring on using duct tape. Since you can get all kinds of cool colors it should look pretty funky. Red Green would be proud.
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    Eric, I have used the Bostick and SUllivan repair kit and it works great. The bottle they send you will last you a life time. Another solution is liquid tape from electrical stores.

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    </span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (EricR @ Apr 24 2003, 07:59 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> Being a good Canuckdian, I was figuring on using duct tape. Since you can get all kinds of cool colors it should look pretty funky. Red Green would be proud. </td></tr></table><span class='postcolor'>
    Don&#39;t use duct tape... use chewing gum&#33;
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    I HIGHLY recommend the B&S repair kit.

    First off for very little money (like &#036;15.00 shipped) you get enough stuff to repair a TON of holes.

    Secondly, the stuff works. I mean it WORKS. And it is pretty easy to use. I had holes in the edges of my pleats on my 401 and the B&S kit took care of them quite readily. Application is easy and the stuff is durable. Within 1 week I had a perfect bellows (it takes 1 week to dry).
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    When I repair bellows, I use medical gause and liquid electrical tape (get the gauze at the local druggist and the liquid tape at the local hardware). Apply a thin layer of the tape, then a small, thin piece of gauze with the bellows stretched out. Then after drying, flex a few times and add another layer of the liquid tape.

    Work&#39;s great and keeps flexible for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Kennedy
    I HIGHLY recommend the B&S repair kit.

    First off for very little money (like $15.00 shipped) you get enough stuff to repair a TON of holes.

    Secondly, the stuff works. I mean it WORKS. And it is pretty easy to use. I had holes in the edges of my pleats on my 401 and the B&S kit took care of them quite readily. Application is easy and the stuff is durable. Within 1 week I had a perfect bellows (it takes 1 week to dry).
    I got my B&S kit in the mail today, I think I now have enough patch to fix every camera I will ever own. Huge portion!
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    Somewhat off topic, but I wonder if the B&S repair kit might also be the perfect solution for all those people who burn holes in their Leica M shutters?

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