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4x5 auto graflex focusing hood repair/replacement

 
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gbogatko



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:36 pm    Post subject: 4x5 auto graflex focusing hood repair/replacement Reply with quote

Anyone here who can repair/replace a focusing hood? It's still usable, but stiff and cranky.
Thanks,
George
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Location: Mid Peninsula, Ca.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remove the hood from the camera.
With the hood open clean the exterior with a soft cloth saturated with Isopropyl Alcohol supporting the section being cleaned with a hand inside the hood.
Coat the exterior with a medium to heavy coat of Pledge Lemon Clean Furniture Spray (as they call it now){yellow can}
http://www.pledge.com/en-US/Products/Pages/default.aspx
Let sit an hour or so then wipe off the excess rubbing in the beeswax.

Using a nonflammable contact cement
http://www.dap.com/product_details.aspx?BrandID=48&SubcatID=8
glue black nylon cloth to the inside along the fold seams so that the cloth extends approximately 1 inch either side of the seam. Do the long seams first then the cross seams. Apply the contact cement to the repair cloth and position it in the hood while the glue is wet. Avoid overlapping repair strips.
Leave the hood open and allow it to sit for 24 hours.
Rub off any glue residue along the edges of the repair strips.
Fold and unfold the hood.
Reinstall the hood in the camera.
DO NOT use solvent base contact cement as it dries too quickly and is extremely difficult if not impossible to remove any excess along the repair strips.

Somewhere in this section is instructions for making a new hood.
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gbogatko



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh wow.
Thanks -- I'm gonna try that this weekend!!
I'll let you know how it turns out.

George
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