General Replacement Instructions:

Removing the old material:
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When removing the old seals, Either foam or cloth, Use Denatured Alcohol as a solvent, Soak a swab applicator with solvent and apply to the old seal.
Please do NOT use solvent around the mirror assy.
Allow time for the solvent to do it's work, About five minutes
You may have repeat the above two or three times,
Once the solvent has softened the seal it will peal off the surface easily.
Pick away any small pieces with your Bamboo tool being careful not to
allow them to fall within the works of your camera.
The old seals really do degrade to the point turning into an oily goo.
Use a paper towel as needed.
The old material once removed will stain anything it comes in contact with.
Once the surface is exposed, Add another application of solvent using a
dampened applicator until the surface is perfectly clean and completely
free of the old seal material.

Removing upper and lower body slot seals:

These two slots are usually located on the upper and lower back of the camera body. Click on image.
Remove the camera back if possible .\
The slots are about 2mm in width and about 166mm in length
Remember when installing the new seal NOT to cover the film counter button located on the top right of the body
Using you Bamboo tool and cleaning pads
1. Using the thin end of the tool running it through the slots remove any old seal material that you can.
Use a paper towel and a little solvent to clean the material from your tool as you go along.
2. Dampen one of your cleaning pads with solvent , using the thin end of your tool run the pad the length of the slot.
Repeat the process until the pad comes out clean,  This could take several applications, so be patient.


How clean is clean?

Below find general instructions for seal  replacement. Please note that specific instructions for your specific camera make and model are included within every kit.

Properly cleaned camera back

The answer to the question above is Spotless.
Please take your time when removing the old seal material removing every trace that you can.
Be extra careful around the mirror box, Always holding the camera in a downward position (lens opening pointed downward)
Allowing the larger pieces to fall out of the mirror box area. Be extra patient as you should not use any solvent within the mirror
Don't forget when replacing the upper slot seal not to cover the film counter with the new seal.
The  button is located on the right side of the upper slot holding the body away
from you. You may also use either adhesive back or non adhesive seals
for the upper and lower body slots, Either will work fine.
Remember to run the pads within the slots until they come out clean. Same for the remainder of the old seals, Latch, Hinge etc.:
Again we cannot stress enough that you have to take your time not rushing the process.
If by chance you damage a new seal simply email us and we will ship you a replacement at no cost.
It can be a real pain cleaning these cameras, But it is what you make it. Once done properly you will rewarded with a Vintage
camera that will serve you for years to come.

Be patient:

Patients pays off :
Take your time and find a quiet place to work,  Never attempt to rush the process.
Lay out and identify all of your new seals ( many seals look the same as there may be only 1/2-1mm difference )
It is best to remove any trace of the old seal material from the entire camera before attempting to install the new seals.
The Bamboo tool and cleaning pads are used to remove and clean the upper and lower grooves of 35mm camera bodies.
The applicators (swabs) are used to apply solvent to the old seals for removal.
Denatured Alcohol, Used as a solvent to soften the old seals so they can be removed easily.
The blunt end of the Bamboo to can be used to properly place the new seal.
Always dampen the adhesive side of the new seal to allow time for placement.
Never attempt to use solvent when working within the mirror box, prism area.