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    How to glue a bellows to frame?

    I have a bellows that the glue between the front frame and the bellows is drying up, and I will have to re-glue it.
    What do you suggest as a glue?

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    Re: How to glue a bellows to frame?

    Contact cement, I think, but it's been a long time since I've done so.
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    Re: How to glue a bellows to frame?

    Contact Cement

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    Re: How to glue a bellows to frame?

    Try removing any old loose adhesive first then contact adhesive as Peter suggests. That's what many of us use when fitting new bellows.

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    Re: How to glue a bellows to frame?

    Another alternative to contact cement is automotive weatherstrip cement. It was recommended by a Beseler technician for installing bellows on a 45 ??? enlarger.

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    Re: How to glue a bellows to frame?

    As was suggested to me by another (more experienced) member recently, Pliobond.
    It works beautifully.
    I had never replaced bellows before, and this was very easy and incredibly effective.
    More info and photos here:
    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ghlight=linhof

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    Re: How to glue a bellows to frame?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    As was suggested to me by another (more experienced) member recently, Pliobond.
    It works beautifully.
    I had never replaced bellows before, and this was very easy and incredibly effective.
    More info and photos here:
    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ghlight=linhof
    Look to be a good choice as this remain flexible. Seems to be available at local Home Hardware.
    Here the technical information about Pliobond http://www.phe-nordic.com/documents/00044.pdf

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    Re: How to glue a bellows to frame?

    Pliobond is a type of contact cement. It comes in a small bottle with a brush. It works fine. Make sure that it hasn't been sitting on the shelf of the hardware store for a very long time.
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    Re: How to glue a bellows to frame?

    Pliobond is fine, but I prefer some kind of mechanical clip attatchment, with the glue
    merely serving as a light-tight gasket. Ideally, you want something which will stay
    pliant over a wide temp range, not have corrosize solvents, and can be removed later for repair. Black silicone RTV sealants work well for this purpose, but shouldn't
    be trusted in the long haul with some kind of mechanical security backing them up.
    Barge Cement (aka shoe sole glue) can also be used for this purpose, but has the
    disadvantage of not being black and of being analogous to nasty solvent contact cements, so could damage the lacquer of a wooden camera frame. Avoid ahesive water-based caulks like the plague because they get progressively brittle over time,
    no matter what kind of BS is printed on the tube!

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    Re: How to glue a bellows to frame?

    Ooop - typo again, I should have said, should not be trusted WITHOUT some kind of
    mechanical (clamping) backup ...

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