Two filters stuck together.

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  1. MyCameraEye

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    Normally I am posting answers in this forum bu today I need a solution.

    I have two fairly expensive filters jammed together. A 77mm Nikon UV and a B+W 77mm Polarizer. As you may know, the B+W is a very slim filter and has nearly nothing to grab onto to try to unscrew it from the Nikon filter and being it is a polarizer, the outside ring rotates freely so I am really stuck here. I have tried kitchen rubber gloves to get a good grip on them both and tried to turn with all my might but it would not budge.

    Scott
     
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    try needle-nose pliers?
     
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    Errr I think this would be a last option. There must be a way to get them apart with out using tools that could slip and cause damage.
     
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    have you tried to spray it with a silicon spray? or some kind of lubricant? or tap it lightly (as not to break them) on the side on a table or something maybe that will jar em loose.
    maybe if you put a bit of cloth or something on the end of the needle nose (if you choose to go that way) it wont damage it as much.
    hmm... good luck. let us know how you figure it out.
     
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    I would try a rubber strap wrench. You also may want to try running the filters under hot water. The expansion may loosen things up a bit and the water would act as a temporary lubricant.

    Hope this helps,
    Kevin
     
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    1. WD40. Then try.

    2. Put into freezer. Then try.

    Both are non-destructive.
     
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    Soak them in a warm/hot bath with a little bit of dish detergent. The soap will work into the threads and act as a lube but will also rinse off cleanly.
     
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    They used to make a plastic filter wrench years ago. Don't know if they still do.
     
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    Put the two of them in the freezer over night. That should do it, if not, run some hot water on the filter with the female threads.
     
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    I like this option the best. I will try this one first and let you know how it turns out.

    Scott
     
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    I was about to put the filters in the freezer just when I got them apart. I said I tried some rubber (yellow) kitchen gloves but I also had some latex gloves I use for field dressing when I'm hunting so I decided to pull a pair out of the box and give it one last go. After a few trys, I managed to get the two filters seperated.

    Scott
     

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