Restoring old leather and bellows

Discussion in 'Camera Building, Repairs & Modification' started by Paddy, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Paddy

    Paddy Member

    Jan 16, 2004
    Vancouver, B
    Multi Format
    I just came across some potentially useful information on the Photographic Historical Society of Canada's website.

    For restoring leather coverings and bellows, and to remove mould from an old camera, TALAS Leather Dressing is recommended. "This inexpensive mixture of lanolin and Neat’s Foot Oil is used by libraries as a leather dressing for book covers (any necessary applications of dye or glue should be done before applying the dressing)."

    "Potassium lactate (also listed on the Talas web-site under ’chemicals & deacidification’) is used as a leather protection and means to neutralize mould and mildew. Using potassium lactate on bellows may dissolve leather glues. The British Library prefers potassium citrate instead (British Museum leather dressing formula)"