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    Bellows repair question

    Hi !
    This is a question to all people of good will who repaired their camera bellows ( pin holes at the corners ) using black tape :
    Which kind / brand of tape is the best ?
    Basic technique to stick the tape to bellows ?
    It's for 8x10 Agfa, generally bellows is in fine condition, but has a very tiny pin hole at every corner.
    Thanks in advance,
    Igor.

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    Re: Bellows repair question

    I like Permacel gaffers tape (now known as Shurtape P-665). It is available in many widths and colors.
    It doesn't leave that nasty goo behind that duct tape is notorious for.

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    Re: Bellows repair question

    I've heard that people use the stuff for patching neoprene wetsuits. But the problem is, once corners start to go, other corners could go at any time. I'd strongly recommend looking into getting a new bellows.
    "Why can't we all just get along?" President Dale, Mars Attacks

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    Re: Bellows repair question

    I repaired a sinar 8x10 bellows recently,

    I bought a tube of gasket material from the auto supply store.

    Pressed a little of the material into each light leak. Used just a little and went over the bellows three times, each a day apart.

    Tape over the worse ones, primarily to protect the soft gasket material.

    As light tite as a new one. Still looks like crap, but it will do until I buy a new one.

    bob

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    Re: Bellows repair question

    Quote Originally Posted by Iga View Post
    It's for 8x10 Agfa, generally bellows is in fine condition, but has a very tiny pin hole at every corner.
    Thanks in advance,
    Igor.
    Is it lined? If not, it can be done from the inside and is much neater in appearance after repair.

    Rack bellows to limit to find all the holes. Recognize than many leaks are not visable to film if using wides/normals. Teles and close up can be where the light comes shining through. Always good to throw your darkcloth over bellows when taking the exposure if you don't trust the bellows.

    bob

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    Re: Bellows repair question

    I have used liquid electric tape . Comes in different colors black & red being the two I have used. It can be bought at just about any hardware store .Apply THIN layers on the corners reapply several THIN layers. Make sure to let dry before reapplying . It's flexible, light tight & inexpensive.

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    Re: Bellows repair question

    Quote Originally Posted by cdholden View Post
    I like Permacel gaffers tape (now known as Shurtape P-665). It is available in many widths and colors.
    It doesn't leave that nasty goo behind that duct tape is notorious for.
    Nope. I use Permacel/Shurtape by the case at work, and it has nasty goo just like the rest of the gaffer/duck tape offerings.

    Gaffers tape is used (by gaffers!) because it doesn't leave residue on surfaces - the first day. But if you leave it in place for days or weeks on end, the adhesive migrates to anything it touches. You need some strong solvents to get it off of carpeting/wallpaper/cables.

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    Re: Bellows repair question

    I used Black photographers tape. It’s like paper masking tape but is black and light proof. Put it on the inside and carefully re-crease the bellows. I repaired a Linhof bellows this way about 25 years ago and it’s still fixed.
    Jerome

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    Re: Bellows repair question

    I also used the black photographers tape and it seems to work fine for me. The only problem I found was that my Ikea camera wouldn't quite close. But close enough that packing it isn't a problem. I've had it on for about 7 years now.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ape_Black.html

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    Re: Bellows repair question

    I have used black silicon gels. It'll do the job. So much so that I kept the old one as spare after I got a new bellows.

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