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    Century Master Studio Camera Restoration

    I recently bought a Century Master Studio Camera and wanted to restore it partially. I have cleaned and polished all wood parts with Murphy Wood Cleaner and Old English Wood Conditioner. I have also cleaned and conditioned the bellows with vinyl protectant. The camera looks nicer now. However not sure how I restore the cast iron parts of the camera. Are there any suggestions? Many thanks!

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    Re: Century Master Studio Camera Restoration

    I used Rustoleum Rust Converter. This leaves a nice black finish, and it chemically changes the rust.
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    Re: Century Master Studio Camera Restoration

    Thanks, Peter!

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    I used Rustoleum Rust Converter. This leaves a nice black finish, and it chemically changes the rust.

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    Re: Century Master Studio Camera Restoration

    Never sell it!
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    Re: Century Master Studio Camera Restoration

    It is so hard to find this beautiful studio camera locally. I have wanted to buy one since I saw your Deardorff studio camera.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Never sell it!

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    Re: Century Master Studio Camera Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    I used Rustoleum Rust Converter. This leaves a nice black finish, and it chemically changes the rust.
    The base on the Master is a tan brown paint this is not rust. Unlike all other models like the 7-9-10-8(11x14) & 7-9-10-8A (dark finish) have a black base so I would not use the Rust Converter on the master as it's brown paint on metal parts.

    I did a little matching tan/brown paint touch up here & there & I wiped the metal & wood down with a couple rounds of Balistol a special lube with a great PH balance that mixes with water instead of being repelled by the lube. https://ballistol.com/

    I have very nice matching sets camera/stand 7-10a- 8a (w/ 11x14 back) - Century Imperial View- Century Master & Ansco/Agfa No5 Studio set so I know these cameras well.

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    Re: Century Master Studio Camera Restoration

    Louis, I didn't know about the brown paint on the Master. Mine is a 7a, if memory serves, and the metal parts looked like they were originally black. Thanks for the correction!

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    Re: Century Master Studio Camera Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Louis Pacilla View Post
    The base on the Master is a tan brown paint this is not rust. Unlike all other models like the 7-9-10-8(11x14) & 7-9-10-8A (dark finish) have a black base so I would not use the Rust Converter on the master as it's brown paint on metal parts.

    I did a little matching tan/brown paint touch up here & there & I wiped the metal & wood down with a couple rounds of Balistol a special lube with a great PH balance that mixes with water instead of being repelled by the lube.
    Could you please show a picture of your master base? I’d like to know the exact color. Thanks!

    https://ballistol.com/

    I have very nice matching sets camera/stand 7-10a- 8a (w/ 11x14 back) - Century Imperial View- Century Master & Ansco/Agfa No5 Studio set so I know these cameras well.

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    Re: Century Master Studio Camera Restoration

    Your camera looks very nice!


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    Louis, I didn't know about the brown paint on the Master. Mine is a 7a, if memory serves, and the metal parts looked like they were originally black. Thanks for the correction!


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    Re: Century Master Studio Camera Restoration

    One original lock knob (#8 in picture below) and the original crank on my camera are missing. Where can I buy the similar ones?

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