HELP: How to clean a Kodak 620

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  1. Strajuck

    Strajuck TPF Noob!

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    Hello,

    I bought this beautiful camera (Kodak 620 Box-Camera) yesterday in order to complete my collection. But sadly I can't figure out how to clean it properly. To do so, I would need to open up the front, which I have no clue how.

    Thanks for every help in advance

    Strajuck


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  2. star camera company

    star camera company No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Kodak used a Lot of rivets. They never anticipated “repairs”.
     
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    compur Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Remove the rivets.
     
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    I recommend the 'Pot and Pan' cycle, but make sure you use extra Jet-Dry to avoid water spots!
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A Dremel-style rotary tool and fine grinding discs are your friend. Use heavy tape to protect the leatherette around the rivets, put some good music on the radio, and TAKE YOUR TIME.
     
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    I would leave it mostly as-is and just give it a surface cleaning. It is old... don't ruin it by making it look as clean as a five-year-old camera.
     
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    what are you trying to do anyway, get the front face plate off? (Ps I have never known anyone who has completed a collection)
     
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    Better to wait until you find another in better condition, it's not as if it's a rare collectable camera.

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    These old boxes will clean up externally fairly well. If there is a B setting the shutter will remain open enough to get the inside with a q tip. I have been able to gently coax those viewfinder lenses off some models then press them back after getting some of the dust out. Unless they have been lucky enough to be stored in a dry place rust is inevitable and the silvery stuff in the viewfinders has flaked off. Straps are rarely intact if there at all. Cameras like these except some rarer makes are plentiful so finding a better specimen might be the way to go. My priority is to take pictures with them so I forgive their looks. The simple shutter mechanism almost always works.
     

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