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How do you clean your body?

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Sep 08, 2011 23:56 |  #1


No, I mean your camera body. I have sweaty hands, I hate the feeling that I've gunked up the body after holding it for a few hours.

How do you all clean your bodies, if you do at all? Moist paper towel? Something else?

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Sep 09, 2011 00:03 |  #2

Show daily at least for my own body;
Toilet paper for 'another' body ;)

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Sep 09, 2011 00:15 |  #3

Rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth for heavy cleaning, water and a microfiber cloth for after each use cleaning. Has kept my many bodies looking new for the entire time Ive owned them.

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Sep 09, 2011 01:38 as a reply to  @ ben_r_'s post |  #4

mostly wipe the LCD with my shirt...sweat and nose-prints drive me nuts. ;)


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Sep 09, 2011 11:42 |  #5

Get pre-moistened computer monitor wipes... They are safe to use on the body and the LCDs, won't remove painted labels and such. A container with 70 to 100 of them will cost you $10 or less. Other, stronger types of cleaners can be risky.

Paper towels and other paper products made with wood pulp are risky to use. Often they have minerals in them that can cause micro-scratches. I figure the monitor wipes are safer, if okay for an LCD or multi-coated CRT screen.

You might need a brush in some of the corners and tighter areas. An old, clean, soft toothbrush works pretty well.

Vacuum (gently) or dust off the camera as necessary, before wiping with anything. Dust particles can scratch LCDs, painted finishes and such.

If rubber or plastic parts start to look a little dried out, try Mother's Preserves for automotive tires, etc. (available at auto parts stores and elsewhere, it's in a distinctive red spray bottle). After it soaks in and dries, it's not at all glossy, so doesn't make the camera slippery. It smells good, too! DO NOT use Armorall or other glossy rubber/plastic treatments... They will make the camera slick, hard to grip, and difficult to hang onto. Not a good thing!

I keep these things of the viewfinder optics... Clean that in the same way I clean lens optics.

Use these things on lens barrels, too. Once again, just keep them off the optics.

Oh, and an auto parts store is a good source for another thing.... Large microfiber cloths that are relatively cheap. These aren't the finer type you use for optics, are more like terry cloth towels. But they are good for wiping off dust and grime, and can be washed and used over and over. Same as microfiber for optics, don't use any sort of fabric softener on them when you clean them, that will smear things you wipe with the cloth.... And I hang them up to dry and don't throw them in the dryer at all.

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Sep 09, 2011 12:00 |  #6

I sweat a lot, not just hands, but head as well and after ten minutes under sun it is getting wet :oops:
But after two years of intensive use I have no issues with camera body. It is showing regular tear and wear, but no gunk.
I get it dirty with melted marshmallow once, but it was easy to clean with water.

Here is my little dirty secret how to keep camera clean even if you sweat like shower, like I do.
Do not eat and shot. If you eat, wash your hands before you taking camera back.
I also keep my camera always, always in the small clean lunch bag. If I'm taking pictures - camera out, if I'm not taking pictures camera always in the bag.
And if camera is getting wet from me or by rain - I have small microfiber towel from Wall-mart. Works perfect.

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Sep 09, 2011 12:15 |  #7

I use my fastpack like that - as soon as I am done, I flip it around my shoulder and put the camera away.

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Oct 27, 2011 21:11 |  #8

I don't give a flip how it looks. I can't keep things nice anyway. I could put my eye out with a cottonball

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