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What to apply after Polish?
Old 11-13-2015   #1
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What to apply after Polish?

Hey guys,

I wonder what do you guys do after polish out the metal part of your camera metal plating? For example after rubbing my Zorki top/bottom plate with Flitz, what can I put on them to retain protection? Some random brand car wax?
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Old 11-13-2015   #2
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Car wax seems to offer some protection so I use McQuires, probably spelled wrong.

Then a polymer coat of NuFinish over the wax. Holds up on cars very well. I used plain Nu Finish on a `81 Olds which I kept for 17 years and it was a daily drive and park at work where a quary dumped crud, rain, snow & killer salt in winter. Paint looked as new when it went to the salvage yard.

Cameras get abused going in & out of camera bags so you get corner/edge wear.
Put them in a soft bag to protest from bag wear.
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Is it really worth the fuss? Showing some age is not bad at all. Store it properly and it won't change by much for too long.
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I'm with Nikos on this.
There is use & misuse. I don't suppose a thin layer of something is going to help long term. Far better to see a nicely worn camera, which translates to active photographer shooting lots of film.
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What to apply after Polish?

Russian, Lithuanian, Belarusian or Ukranian.

Or of course German if you're going westward; Czech if you're going south-west; or Slovakian if you're going south.

After polish, well, I never polish my cameras anyway.

Cheers,

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Russians will do it in hard&polish sequences several times. Applied from Friday night to Sunday night. Regularly.

But I was thinking what to do with similar surface of old Elmar 90 F4 just yesterday.
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Chrome shouldn't need any coating, it does not tarnish. You might want to wax brass or nickel, though I don't know how much that would help. I would not put a clear coat (polymer) on anything that was supposed to be bare metal unless it's a permanent shelf queen, as the coating will not wear naturally and it will look tacky as it begins to chip and craze.
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What to apply after Polish?
Russian, Lithuanian, Belarusian or Ukranian.

Ole!, Roger, ...I'd been thinking chorizo .
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Renaissance Wax, originally formulated by the British Museum is very good at protecting metals from fingerprints, I have been using it for a number of years. A little goes a long way.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_Wax
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What to apply after Polish?

Russian, Lithuanian, Belarusian or Ukranian.

Or of course German if you're going westward; Czech if you're going south-west; or Slovakian if you're going south.

After polish, well, I never polish my cameras anyway.

Cheers,

R.
when I was typing the title I was thinking opps I put a big "P" in "polish"
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Old 11-16-2015   #11
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when I was typing the title I was thinking opps I put a big "P" in "polish"
That'll do it. But there used to be an advertisement for Solvol Autosol (probably the finest chrome polish on the market) that said, "Polish Spoken Here".

I really wouldn't wax my cameras, though. They'll feel horrible, all slick and unnatural.

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