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Mosasaurus
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Posted - Mar 16 2018 :  11:22:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello,
Last weekend I bought on a fair here in the Netherlands a FED 1d (NKVD, Nr. 164150). Unfortunately I didn’t notice that some pieces of the “leather” were lost. So I planned renewing the leather…..
On the internet I saw some difficult instructions removing the vulcanite with a special agressive gel, that is supposed to remove/dissolve paint. On RFF someone else suggested to yo use a chisel and perhaps some lighter fluid.

My question is if someone of you has experience removing the vulcanite/ leather of the FED 1d and replacing it by new leather(ette)? What kind of leatherette would you recommend? Dividing/partition line of the leatherette under the lens?
Thanks for answering in advance.
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Edited by - Mosasaurus on Mar 17 2018 07:45:13 AM

Vladislav Kern
Vlad
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Posted - Mar 16 2018 :  4:18:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Vlad's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've heard of people melting black plastic bags and restore patches that way, but I've never actually seen it done... ..

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SteveA
United Kingdom
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Posted - Mar 17 2018 :  3:35:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello, try these people: http://www.angelfire.com/biz/Leica/vulcanite.html
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Mar 19 2018 :  11:51:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Thanks for the link, Steve.
Anyway, it's not an easy operation... Vulcanite means vulcanization, so enough heat... To try and scrape the original vulcanite, and put a "plastic" leatherette is much easier.

Jacques.
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Mosasaurus
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Posted - Mar 19 2018 :  2:14:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello,
On RFF I started a discussion too. One of their advices was: use acryl-paint.....
My neighbour is an (amateur)painter. So he has a lot of acryl-paint.... Being a good neighbour, he is so friendly to try to do the job! I'm very interested how it will looks like.....
Thanks to everybody who tried to help me/tried to answer my question!
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Edited by - Mosasaurus on Mar 19 2018 5:44:42 PM
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