Rear cover foam in an old SLR

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by ITSME.ULTIMATE, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. I picked up a circa 1978 Ricoh SLR from Good Will. I checked all the
    mechanical motions before buying and they worked good, but upon closer
    inspection after getting home, I discovered the mirror rest foam have
    turned into black goo. I cleaned off the old foam with solvent and a
    piece of rubber foam I got from a local camera shop.

    I thought all is well, but I found more gooey black molten rubber foam
    in the rear cover. I could replace the foam on the sides without much
    pain, but the foam in the top and bottom grooves are only a millimeter
    thick or so and I'm not sure how to source the part or fix it.

    Do I absolutely have to replace the foam at the rear cover?
    ITSME.ULTIMATE, Feb 17, 2006
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  2. Maybe, maybe not...

    You can find affordable foam kits on a well-known auction site.
    Chris Loffredo, Feb 17, 2006
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    Mike Guest

    Mike, Feb 17, 2006

    Norm Fleming Guest

    A thin slice of foam from an old mouse pad does a good enough job - just
    wedge it into the grooves - but leave a gap in the upper groove for the film
    counter zero resetter (if you have one there on that Ricoh model).

    Norm Fleming, Feb 17, 2006
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