Replacing Light Seals

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  1. Brian Schmidt

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    Hello.

    Have any of you ever replaced the light seals on an old plate camera? I am speaking of the fur-like ones where the dark slide goes or where the film holder slides on.

    What do you replace them with? I have found plush velvet on eBay but it is much less plush than the ones that came with the camera.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks

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    Well, there's the felt from 35mm film magazines. But it comes in such short lengths.

    Have a look at the velvet ribbons at a craft store. Used that for felt in some Leica lens caps.
     
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    Oh, was just reading another post, and realized there's a good piece of felt/velvet in a "film pack". You could buy empty (or even full) Kodak film packs on eBay, and strip the felt from them.
     
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    Go to a fabric store - Jo-Ann for instance. They have felt in various colors including black on self adhesive sheets that are about 8x10 or so. You can easily cut to size with an Xacto knive.
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    That is a pretty good idea. That film leader is sort of thick and waxy, and black to boot. It isn't like I don't have a bunch laying around.

    If I found a broken Graflex sheet film holder I might be able to get one out of there. There is a chance I have one kicking around. Those can be pretty cheap, too.

    Also I just happened to be observant and find something that bears some resemblance to what I am looking for. Go look at the door frame around where your screen door closes and you will see what I mean. It probably could be tinted black. Just another idea.
     
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    i think its called velour or velvet, not felt. also when installing the material, notice the direction of the material.

    try a fabric outlet like joanns or michaels.