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Fixing Shutter Curtain with Nail Polish :)
Old 05-04-2016   #1
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Fixing Shutter Curtain with Nail Polish :)

A fellow RRF member sent me a Kine Exakta I with Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm f2.8 as a Christmas Giveaway gift years ago.

It has been sitting in my cabinet since then as the shutter was stuck and I didnt plan to use it. Last weekend I was playing with my boy and he grabbed that camera and I had a second look. I pulled the curtain with my fingers and it was released with a puncture on the curtain from the spring. But the shutter started working! I inspected the curtain with a loop and flash light and realized that the puncture is indeed a hole and there are worn out parts transmitting light and there are pin holes all over.

I am not sure if that was tried before but I came up with an idea to use nail polish to mask the pin holes. I used dark purple polish first then the light became reddish passing through the curtain. Then I used dark gray nail polish as ssecond pass and the holes were sealed!!

Disclaimer: Please if you plan to do that on your machine do it at your own risk. I dont recommend this as a method here.

I put a fomapan 400 in it and ran it as a test roll. The film was old and I underexposed most of the shots but some shots came out very well from such an old camera. I confirmed that there were no major light leaks at fast shutter speeds. Cool! Check the shots below out. What do you think? Most shots are at 1/1000 and from f5.6 to f11.





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i'm glad it worked !
I have repaired fabric curtains with pinholes and/or worn out areas using the black paint sold for painting on clothes; it lasts several years, in my experience - no need to repaint or to replace the curtains so far...
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They also sell fabric markers at arts and crafts stores (Michaels, AC Moore etc) that do an excellent job. Marker costs about $3.
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They also sell fabric markers at arts and crafts stores (Michaels, AC Moore etc) that do an excellent job. Marker costs about $3.
The ideal paint from Michaels is Tulip soft matte fabric paint.

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Think I used Decofabric, but I'm sure it's more or less the same as the Tulip. I fixed an entire 6x6 curtain of a Reflex Korelle with it, worked great.
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You need something flexible.
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anyone tried using a can of Plasti Dip? I have a Canon VT with some holes...

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Could the lacquer pose problems with the shutter curtain? Just a thought to help. It's the volatile solvent used to mix the stiff up that would worry me. Maybe it will last, maybe not. Time will tell.

Here is some information on nail polish:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nail_polish
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Yes Bill you may be right. Longetivity of this is under question. That is why I dont recommend but it might be a temporary solution. I will post my result in the future.

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Nice results after the application. But I would worry that it will start cracking the more the shutter is actuated, and then you'll have a bigger problem.

I've used the Tulip fabric paint, and it's good for a while (until I blast another hole in the curtain). Liquid electrical tape (LET) has worked the best for me. It is pliable, and seems to stop the formation of new holes. It may wrinkle your curtains though.

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Years ago I had an Exakta VXIIa that had pinholes. I brought it to a very old-time camera repairman in Toronto, Mike Kominek of Kominek Camera. Mr. Kominek told me that he could put lacquer on the shutter curtain and that might fix it. I got the camera back and all looked good. However, after one click of the shutter, all the lacquer cracked.

So I personally would not recommend lacquer.
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More than 20years ago I fixed a hole in a canon new f1 shutter with some tinfoil superglued then painted black, still there worked a treat.
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How about liquid electrical tape? Comes in a small bottle, applies with a brush and appears thick and black when wet.

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