Best tape for M6 to cover logos
Old 06-14-2014   #1
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Best tape for M6 to cover logos

What tape is the best to cover up the logos on the black Leica M6?

It's purely for aesthetic reasons. I neither think that it will keep away robbers or make me invisible. But I just hate how the logos ruin the perfect design and how if one wants a black logo-less Leica with a light meter ones cheapest choice is an MP which is just too expensive for me right now. Sadly there are no replacement covers without logos so tape is the only solution. I could blacken the white typography and change the logo but I don't want to lower the resell value.

So which tape is the best? Electrician tape seems to have the most similar color and texture but it also leaves residue. Does it permanently damage to paint/coating? Or can it be cleaned without any damages? I heard that gaffers tape doesn't leave residue but the texture makes it stick out too much. Any other suggestions?
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Old 06-14-2014   #2
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Rather than taping, I suggest using a soft wood stick to clean out the paint from the engraving. That will greatly subdue the lettering.
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Old 06-14-2014   #3
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I use blk electrical tape, suits me Fine
However there is another option besides Rob's & mine
DAG/Don has the black leica dot in stock for the M6, can't remember if its $9.00 or $19.00...
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I've always used a black Staedtler Fiber Tip Pen - Permanent ink.

It covers the white text and red dot up well, and can be removed at any time without any damage to the white paint underneath , with a bit of alcohol.
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Old 06-14-2014   #5
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I installed DAG's black dot to eliminate the red eye on my M9. They are pretty inexpensive and very easy to install. Left the lettering as it was.
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Old 06-14-2014   #6
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This tape is the best for the M6: http://www.findtape.com/product129/P...aper-Tape.aspx

It won't leave any residue and despite the material it's made out of (impregnated paper) it will stay on for a long, long time (and just replace it if ever needed.) It's a perfect match for Leica's black anodized zinc top plates. Electrical tape is too shiny (although it matches the black paint cameras a bit better.)

You can also remove the paint in the engraved lettering as has already been described above, but then when it comes time to sell the camera you might have to fill in again with white lacquer paint (which you can buy here: http://www.micro-tools.com/store/P-L...ick-White.aspx)

Tape is the easiest way without changing the camera physically....
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Old 06-14-2014   #7
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Try gaffer tape.
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Old 06-14-2014   #8
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Try gaffer tape.
Tried it. Doesn't match and the texture shows up too much.

Trust me, the tape I mentioned above is the best for the M6 finish.
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Old 06-14-2014   #9
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I don't put tape on my cameras, but that is excellent tape for fixing bellows on enlargers and view cameras, taping up Holga cameras, etc. (The tape mentioned in post #7)
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Old 06-14-2014   #10
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There's a website called findtape? AWESOME.

i use gaffer tape on my m9. it's not aesthetically perfect but it's stayed in place for over two years.
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a roll of tape inc. shipping is about $16.50, but a black leica dot from DAG costs $22. i would buy the dot.
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I like 3M electric tape the best. But if you want the tape to blend in with the camera body finish then get 3M Black Mat tape from eBay. The one they use for cars. It's extremely durable, thin and is virtually unnoticeable on M9
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I use "Matte Black Japanese Washi Masking Tape" and it works very well.

I'll post some pics soon.
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Old 06-25-2014   #14
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I painted my dot with black lacquer paint. As for the "Leica M6" part. Artists acrylic paint should cover it and be easy to remove later. IMO paint looks way better than tape, since you'd be doing it for aesthetics, it seems like this would be a better solution. In fact, I may try the acrylic paint thing myself.

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Old 06-25-2014   #15
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I can't believe what I'm reading here! What kind of tape to cover Leica logos? Really, let's get back to photography guys...TW
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Old 06-25-2014   #16
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I can't believe what I'm reading here! What kind of tape to cover Leica logos? Really, let's get back to photography guys...TW
Amazingly enough, there's plenty of room on camera forums such as this for 'gear' talk and photos.
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I can't believe what I'm reading here! What kind of tape to cover Leica logos? Really, let's get back to photography guys...TW
"Chilax Bro" I take plenty of photos...
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you're not taking your hobby seriously enough. >=(
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Old 06-25-2014   #19
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I can't believe what I'm reading here! What kind of tape to cover Leica logos? Really, let's get back to photography guys...TW
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Old 06-25-2014   #20
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I found that the cheaper electricians tape is sort of semi-gloss and looks pretty inconspicuous. A little rubbing alcohol will remove the residue quite easily with no harm done to the camera except cleaning the white lettering nicely.
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Old 06-25-2014   #21
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Some good suggestions here. When I taped my M4-2 years ago I wanted different texture, reflectance, and shape and deliberately made a messy job of it so it looked like a Heath Robinson camera rather than a Leica. I soon got bored and took it all off. I am surprised not to see something more elaborate proposed, such as carbon fibre / titanium fibre tape dyed in Germany with Silver Anthracite particles for just $1000 per roll.
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I usually hypnotize people into thinking the Leica dot is an chocolate MM. That works fairly well, as far as I know.
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Old 06-25-2014   #23
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I tape my M4P with Microphore bandage tape for my patients
and draw a black permanent spidol on the white bandage

works fine and i like the grip also

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Some good suggestions here. When I taped my M4-2 years ago I wanted different texture, reflectance, and shape and deliberately made a messy job of it so it looked like a Heath Robinson camera rather than a Leica. I soon got bored and took it all off. I am surprised not to see something more elaborate proposed, such as carbon fibre / titanium fibre tape dyed in Germany with Silver Anthracite particles for just $1000 per roll.
Do you have a link for this exotic German tape?
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scotch tape
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I can't believe what I'm reading here! What kind of tape to cover Leica logos? Really, let's get back to photography guys...TW
Because we should all be photographing 24/7 like security cameras...
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