Even the smallest details count on a restoration…

My ongoing ‘interpretive restoration’ of the Yashima Yashicaflex A-II…

As the title suggests, when restoring a vintage camera there are no unimportant details. Stripping of old paint (in this case baked-on 60-year-old enamel paint) and removing corrosion from small metal parts is tedious and super time-consuming… but absolutely essential. As my ‘interpretive restoration’ progresses into the middle stages I thought I would share some new images.

Important small parts after removing corrosion and light chemical cleaning. Ready for a coat of primer.

Important small parts after removing corrosion and a light chemical cleaning. Ready for a coat of etching primer. Clockwise top center… tripod/case retaining screw, left strap holder, right strap holder and accessory (cold) shoe.

After a light (3 coats) of etching primer.

After a light (3 coats) of etching primer.

Close-up detail showing the recently painted parts.

Close-up detail showing the recently painted parts.

Paint removal from the Yashicaflex A-II body. There was plenty of corrosion on the cast aluminum body and the only way to attack it was with a good sanding with about 120 grit sandpaper followed by 220 grit.

Paint removal from the Yashicaflex A-II body. There was plenty of corrosion on the cast aluminum body and the only way to attack it was with a good sanding with 120 grit sandpaper followed by 220 grit. Still some of the original factory enamel paint hangs tough.

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