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    Leather conditioner on leather trim on Rollei?

    Hey guys,

    Whats your thought on applying a very thin coat of leather conditioner on leather trim on my Rollei? The leather on it is very good condition, though maybe it help? Or should I not do it?

    Todd

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    Is the covering actually REAL leather?

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    What kind of conditioner? Lexal is fine. A water-based conditioner like NikWax is fine but doesn't really do much on a sealed leather like the Rollei stuff. I wouldn't use Mink Oil or any paste conditioner. And don't use an actual polish, especially with color. The color will keep rubbing off on jackets or shirts and such.

    Small amount of anything, and be certain to have time to let it dry. Best to do a test on the bottom just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMbikerider View Post
    Is the covering actually REAL leather?
    I'm fairly sure it is not leather on the later cameras but "leatherette" whatever that may be. I'm not even sure the covering on my (1930s) Standard is leather. There's also the possibility that whatever treatment is used might a) seep into the camera and b) loosen the glue holding the covering to the camera.

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    Most "leathers" especially those that are fixed to surfaces will be sealed. Anything you put on is unlikely to do any good, and is just as likely to damage the coating. I wouldn't bother. I don't know what rollei use specifically, but I would be surprised if it was even "leather"

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    It's leather, up to a Rolleicord Va(II) model at least (1960?).

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    Thanks guys.. how about Armor All?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddB View Post
    Thanks guys.. how about Armor All?

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    No.

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    Noted.. Thanks. Cleaning with slightly damp cloth?

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    Also.. How about Kodak lens tissue for wiping lens?

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