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    Reinforcing bellows corners

    I could swear I've seen this topic before but can't find it ... feel free to redirect me to an old thread if there is one.

    I have a couple of old cameras which have relatively solid bellows but have some wear at the corners. I'd like to add some thin cloth along the corners to reinforce and protect those thin areas. I'll attach a shot of a FKD 13x18 which was made like that.

    So, the question is: have you done that and how? I've thought about bookbinders tape, linen tape, silk strips, silk ribbon - and maybe adhering it with Pliobond. I distrust tape in general since the adhesive is often problematic. Thoughts?

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    Hello Nathan,
    Bostick & Sullivan makes a bellows patch kit for $15 US which includes the sealer and a good supply of fabric for patching. I've used this with excellent results. The link for the kit is
    http://www.bostic-sullivan.com/cart/home.php?cat=16

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    Sorry, I misspelled the link. It should be
    http://www.bostick-sullivan.com/cart/home.php?cat=16

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessar View Post
    Hello Nathan,
    Bostick & Sullivan makes a bellows patch kit for $15 US which includes the sealer and a good supply of fabric for patching. I've used this with excellent results. The link for the kit is
    http://www.bostic-sullivan.com/cart/home.php?cat=16
    Yes, I've used that kit too, it's very good. It's particularly aimed at fixing holes though, I'm really trying to strengthen a large area that's weakened. In fact, I was planning to use that kit to first fill any actual pinholes and then go over it with the tape or cloth strip.

    Another reason for going this route is that one of the cameras is a Burke & James with red non-leather bellows. I think they're still light proof, but the corners are worn down a bit. Short of using red Plasti-Dip, I can't think of a good way to fix that without it looking weird.

    Nathan

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    I finally found an old thread in which Sandy King recommended bookbinders tape here: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum187/...ws-repair.html

    I'd still like to hear any other ideas though.

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    Hello Nathan,

    This may not be high tech enough but I have repaired/reenforced many bellows using 3 M Black cloth tape. It is available in different widths and I beleive different colors. In most cases I applied t to the inside of the bellows.

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    Hi Francis,
    Is 3M Black cloth tape the same thing as "Gaffer's Tape"? I haven't used either of them, but Gaffer's Tape sounds like about the most useful stuff around.
    Nathan

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    I use 3M 850 Black polyester tape. It's very thin, very strong, very black, with a non-bleed non-creep adhesive that stays put. One of my enlarger bellows is entirely covered with 3M 850 without being bulked up or losing flexibility.

    The downside is expense. My last roll cost $100 but it means I can make good any bellows that is still vaguely in one piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Smith View Post
    I finally found an old thread in which Sandy King recommended bookbinders tape here: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum187/...ws-repair.html

    I'd still like to hear any other ideas though.

    Thanks,
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    Much thanks to Sandy, he confirmed that this is the tape he was referring to:
    http://www.gaylordmart.com/adblock.a...%20Tape&mpc=WW
    and that it is good for both repairing both bellows and film holders.

    Nathan

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    Thanks Maris, I hadn't heard of 3M 850 Black polyester tape, but I've looked it up and it looks like good stuff. It is a bit pricey, but looks like it might be cheaper here in the States.

    Nathan

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