We can re-paint your camera in a number of finishes. The first type and the most popular is the 'classic' look. We have developed a traditional but tough enamel finish that closely replicates the technology of factory painted cameras. The coating has a high gloss finish that is designed to get even better over time, as it wears and ages, it will continue to develop a deep black lustre. However, this finish will eventually wear to reveal the underlying brass that has been revealed prior to painting - just like original factory cameras.
For older Barnacks, such as the Leica IIIc, we can also re-paint in a traditional grey enamel and even supply & fit red shutter blinds. The amount of work and attention to detail with each camera is tremendous. Each lever, knob and screw is individually stripped of its chrome and nickel plating and hand-finished before being painted, so that as the paint wears it will brass naturally. You can choose the look - all black, including the ISO dial on 'M' cameras, or perhaps you may prefer to leave certain dials and levers chrome.
Quite often, clients will email pictures or provide links of a camera they are inspired by. We can also offer an additional service, where we hand finish the camera after painting - adding brassed areas and oxidising the exposed brass. We also flatten the paint which reveals the deep lustre of a few years of use. Infill of engravings can be done in white, aged white or any other finish according to your requirements. Just tell us the look you want and we'll make it happen.
We can also re-skin your camera at the same time. Our #4008 emboss covering is a close match to the original vulcanite but we can source more exotic coverings too. Because your camera has to be completely dismantled for painting and finishing, we recommend getting your camera serviced/overhauled at the same time and if you do, will get a substantial discount on the cost of the re-paint. cameraworks-uk offers the best quality finishes with the ultimate attention to detail. Nothing is masked, we leave nothing to chance. Our goal to be the best in the business.
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PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CURRENT WORKLOAD, WE CAN ACCEPT NO FURTHER REPAINT JOBS UNTIL THE 2ND QUARTER OF 2019. NORMAL SERVICING WORK UNAFFECTED.
Cerakote is a thin-film ceramic based finish that can be applied to metals, plastics, polymers and even wood. The unique formulation used for Cerakote ceramic coating enhances a number of physical performance properties including abrasion/wear resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, impact strength, and hardness. Each of these properties is rigorously tested to guarantee that Cerakote products remain at the forefront of the ceramic coatings market. Cerakote ceramic coatings utilize state-of-the-art technology to out-perform any competitive coating in both laboratory settings and real world applications.
Cerakote is very resistant against wear and will not brass as easily as our classic black gloss enamel, nevertheless, Cerakote is always applied to bare brass or other base metal - steel, zinc or aluminium, after meticulous preparation as prescribed by the manufacturer. Cerakote is available in a wide variety of colours and finishes.
Vulcanite is a hard vulcanised rubber covering used by Leitz and others in the 20th century. It was a hard wearing substitute for leather but unfortunately, over time, the sulphur bonds break down in the material by oxidisation caused by exposure to sunlight and moisture. This causes the release of small quantities of sulphuric acid that will then oxidise the aluminium shell that it is attached to. The result is a very brittle covering that in places has blown-off from parts of the body shell.
If the vulcanite is in good condition - and that's relatively rare, we can apply treatments to improve the surface but in most cases we recommend complete replacement. Our preferred supplier is Aki-Asahi and we feel that the #4008 emboss pattern is a very close match to the original vulcanite and fit as standard. We also have relationships with other suppliers and if you need Moroccan leather for example, or even something more exotic, we can help.