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Old 06-18-2008   #1
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Black Paint Canon P ...? Who?

One of my P is crudely engraved, back and bottom. Otherwise, very nice. Might like to give it a CLA and a paint job.

Who does that in the US?

I read somewhere that an epoxy paint was best.

Is this a ridiculous idea?
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Old 06-18-2008   #2
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If you are gonna keep it a long time, why not get it painted and enjoy it every day? Makes sense to me. One of our own members in the USA might be persuaded to to it: http://www.digitalintrigue.net/Welcome.html
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Funny, I thought the same and asked the guy if he did Canon Ps. He said he'd never tried it and wasn't sure how complicated it might be. I figured ... eh. I'll leave it.
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Funny, I thought the same and asked the guy if he did Canon Ps. He said he'd never tried it and wasn't sure how complicated it might be. I figured ... eh. I'll leave it.

I think you may have slightly misunderstood him. He just said he'd try my Canon L1 and it's just like the Model P in terms of dissasembly (in other words easy). However, he's just a little reluctant to name a price on any camera unless he's actually done one of that make/ model or at least seen one in person. That's very normal for his "profession" or any other contractor/ repairperson.
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Is this a ridiculous idea?
No, I don't think so.

OTOH, I own a 1937 Contax III. It has the usual nonfunctional meter lump on top of the camera that, I believe, seriously detracts from the camera's appearance. As a result, I've located a trashed Contax II that is being parted out and have purchased such bits as will allow me to turn my Contax III into a (to my eyes) much more attractive, and user friendly, Contax II.

There are three important considerations here. First, the camera in question, for both of us, is not especially rare. There is no history being destroyed by making these changes. Second, at least in my case, I intend to keep all the origional bits in a package for future reference, Finally, I intend to keep and shoot this camera for the rest of my life. I am as passionate about the Contax series as most memebers of RFF are about Leica so this is not much of a surprise. Given these considerations, I don't consider my alterations to my camera to be "ridiculous". Similarly, I don't think that your alterations need to be that, either.

I hope this is of some help,

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I think you may have slightly misunderstood him. He just said he'd try my Canon L1 and it's just like the Model P in terms of dissasembly (in other words easy). However, he's just a little reluctant to name a price on any camera unless he's actually done one of that make/ model or at least seen one in person. That's very normal for his "profession" or any other contractor/ repairperson.
Yes. I understood it like that, too. I can see how he'd need to see it; but after some due consideration, I decided to leave well enough alone. His work is wonderful, but I'll wait. Maybe later. Maybe not. That's all I meant.
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Yes. I understood it like that, too. I can see how he'd need to see it; but after some due consideration, I decided to leave well enough alone. His work is wonderful, but I'll wait. Maybe later. Maybe not. That's all I meant.

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Is a black paint Canon P worth more? How much more? 10% 20% 30% ... ?
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Based on what I have seen on eBay, an authentic black paint P would probably sell for 5 to 10 times as much as a standard chrome model.

This would not apply to repainst, such as the one currently listed on eBay that has nice shiny chrome showing through the worn paint. At least the seller is claiming that it is authentic.
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Dexdog's estimate agrees with my thoughts. And experience of "losing" on ebay after posting what I thought was a more than reasonable price for a Black P a few weeks or months back. I think it went for about 2 grand. hmmm... nothing wrong with chrome, I always thought.
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Based on what I have seen on eBay, an authentic black paint P would probably sell for 5 to 10 times as much as a standard chrome model.

This would not apply to repainst, such as the one currently listed on eBay that has nice shiny chrome showing through the worn paint. At least the seller is claiming that it is authentic.
Hi Mark,

The ebay seller is saying that it is most likely a black repainted Canon P,so he is being frank about it.

How much more is a repainted P worth as compared to same condition chrome version? I guess, I am after the value of a used repainted P.

Also, how would I go about repainting the flaked off parts of a repainted camera?
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This is a price list for Shintaro:

This price is for Leica.
1 $500US just paint on the brass.

I do not paint eyelet's and flame at back door.
It is good for the camera which is mint condition or owner doesn't care about scars.

2 $600US Fix dents or dings then paint on the brass.
I do not paint eyelet's and flame at back door.
It is good for the camera which has dents or dings but has good leather.

3 $700US Fix dents or dings then paint on the brass and change leather
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I've found a guy here in Korea, who's as good as Shintaro and will do a paint job for $300
w/ no dent repair. I'm getting my Model P done now in "Army Green." Changing the covering to match paint is $100.
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Take a look at these photos of my newly acquired Canon P.
It is rough looking, but still beautiful to me.
What can I do to put some black paint on the areas where the paint has gone ?

The repaint job was done in Japan.
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OK, Raid........ what did you pay for it? Touch up? I'd leave it alone. A nick is better than a big glob of touch-up paint, even if you find a sheen match.

BTW--it's sweet!
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Bill,

I paid $360 shipped from Japan. The seller states that there are no wrinkles in the shutter curtain. This is a good sign.

Once I see the camera for real, I may love how it looks and keep it as is it.
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I paid $360 shipped from Japan. The seller states that there are no wrinkles in the shutter curtain. This is a good sign.

Once I see the camera for real, I may love how it looks and keep it as is it.

You got a helluva deal!!!! Congratulations. I'll have $550 in mine when finished.
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You got a helluva deal!!!! Congratulations. I'll have $550 in mine when finished.
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Mine has many paint flaking, so it is not as nice looking as a newly painted one like the camera you will be having.
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Will your camera be repainted also from inside the back or will it show chrome?
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Is that a "TE" in the accessory shoe?
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Is that a "TE" in the accessory shoe?
It sure looks like a TE painted over with black.
Is this short for someone's name or is the P an export model or what?
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I think you should check with Peter, Raid. He did record three other Ps with similar TE engraving, AFAIK. Probably a rare animal.

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WOW! These could be good news for me then. Thanks for the tip.I was debating whom to ask about the TE.
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I just found mentioning of P cameras with the TE for serial numbers 773,139 and 773,019. My camera has serial number 773,698.

They all start with 773XXX. Is this a coincidence?
Maybe not. This supports that a series of P cameras was assigned the letters TE by some unit.

What Peter has stated is an educated guess. Maybe he is right.

One owner of such a camera bought his TE camera new in Seattle, while mine is used from Japan. Why would someone be able to buy a new TE camera if he is not from "that company" that had the TE engraved?
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Hi Raid,
a very nice black P. When it's black over chrome and misses the white dot on the selftimer lever it's a repaint (the camera was chrome originally).
As for the paint flakes, I would look for model paint, available in very small tins in toy shops. At least, I've bought it there in my youth... like these one:
http://cgi.ebay.de/Revell-Color-Emai...mZ350086222828
very good quality repair paint (synthetic resin paint). Probably you need to grind transitions before the paint job carefully with a very small piece of grinding paper, thus roughen the chrome surface for better adhesion of paint.

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