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Removing Tobacco Smell from Cameras and Cases?
Old 05-09-2016   #1
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Removing Tobacco Smell from Cameras and Cases?

This may not be the correct forum, but is there any good method for removing tobacco smell from leather camera cases and rangefinder cameras? Thanks.
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I think you guys call it white vinegar, we call it ättika or ättiksprit, removes most smells from most materials.

Put the item in a plastic bag, with a bowl of he stuff, seal well, let rest for minimum 24h, and then let it air out thoroughly.

Even works for whole apartments that's been inhabited by smokers!
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I haven't used it on camera cases, but I did buy a second-hand car years ago that reeked. Febreze worked great.
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Thanks a lot. I may try the vinegar!
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Thanks a lot. I may try the vinegar!
You can also use it as stop when developing your negs!
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I have used "Odour Gone" to deodorize smoke from a Bessa-L camera body and grip.
For cases I have used the spray and several days of sun & fresh air.
It's sold in shops in Canada and online here:

http://www.odorgone.com/shop/home/odorgone-16oz
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Let me guess...you took delivery of a Leica from the far east (HK or Japan)?
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Baking soda open box.
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I think you guys call it white vinegar, we call it ättika or ättiksprit, removes most smells from most materials.

Put the item in a plastic bag, with a bowl of he stuff, seal well, let rest for minimum 24h, and then let it air out thoroughly.

Even works for whole apartments that's been inhabited by smokers!
But how do you place a whole apartment in a plastic bag??
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Found two kodak Retina rangefinders at a local estate sale. The house wreaked with tobacco smoke. I've been trying fresh air but think I will need to use stronger measures. Your tips should help. Thanks!
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Wipe them down with some (diluted) cleaning vinegar.
Frebreze has some anti-smoke smell sprays as I recall.
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A used canvas camera bag I bought arrived smelling strongly of fabric softener.
I left it in my car's trunk for several months, in all types of weather.
No detectable odor remained afterward.

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I have simply let the item sit outdoors in the sun for a short time over a period of a week or longer. I know that's a PIA but it worked for me many times and there is no risk.
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I had an old computer printer that smelled and was actually yellowed by tobacco smoke. Let it sit in the hot garage for a couple weeks over summer and the smell went away completely.
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My 1935 Deardorff must have been owned by a chain smoker...horrible smoke smell..
So I put it on a tripod...with baking soda in a dish inside...in a well ventilated room..with the GG back off..
And 1 to 2 months later...nothing was left..no trace at all..
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I once bought a Canon 7 on eBay, could smell it before I even opened the packaging.

Lots of q-tips soaked with rubbing alcohol and then Ronsonol (lighter fluid) finally cleaned it up and got rid of the smell.
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I was going to ask if you thought there was any risk to using Febreze or vinegar on leather cases and on cameras. I'd like to keep them looking nice.
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Let me guess...you took delivery of a Leica from the far east (HK or Japan)?
Or maybe she bought an M camera from Thorsten Overgaard?
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