Deardorff Care and Lubrication
Following these instructions will increase the longevity of your
It is your obligation to your camera to do this
1st. The Wood. If it gets wet don’t worry ! The lacquer is
proof as is the bellows fabric! Wipe yourself down then wipe the camera
and bellows. Let dry and spray the ENTIRE camera (not Ground Glass)
Spray Lemon Pledge. Let it sit a half hour. Wipe to a sheen
with a VERY SOFT DRY CLOTH TOWEL.
NEVER EVER WASH THE GROUND GLASS. The lines will WASH OFF !! If the Glass has no lines wash by immersing in soapy water. Wipe with a soft wash cloth and rinse and dry.
The bellows were made with everything from Leather to Naugahyde to a material that was used for military rain coats. On the synthetics wipe with a soft damp sponge and let dry. Spray with Pledge. On leather be VERY carefull. Some conditioners can soften the glue holding them together. I use Lexsol with out any problems. Some use mink oil. What ever you choose do so with caution and test it on a small spot on the bottom of the bellows. The glue softening takes 6 months or more to happen.
2nd. The Metal. DO NOT USE ANY POLISH ON IT.
EVER !! Polish will get under the parts and rot the wood
screw holes. Keep the camera waxed as above.
3rd. The most important lubrication is the rear extension racks.
are the 12 in long (on an 8x10) or 8 in long (5x7 or 4x5 ) straight
racks. Each has 2 slots in it. Each year Fill the slots
LUBRIPLATE #630 brand grease. Roll the rear turntable forward and
wipe the excess off. Fill the slots again and roll it back. Wipe excess
off. and clean up. If grease gets in the teeth, use an old tooth brush
to pull it out. DO NOT CLEAN THE SLOTS OUT.
This is good for a year. Pinion Rods need a drop of oil every year
Lubriplate can be bought at a hardware store. Get the thickest, Like
butter. If you can not get Lubriplate use a thick white lithium grease.
Remember your car needs its lubrication so does your camera !!
Wood to wood surfaces get waxed with a block of Candy making wax available at the grocery store.
Do this on your birthday or every 6 months if it used heavily. Your camera will thank you !