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PHOTO GEAR by KRISS on 30 july 2017

I have had scratches on my dome port, exterior part almost ever since I got it.
You stop paying attention for a minute and there you get a scratch.
Fortunately, water gets in there and you need quite a few scratches before it starts affecting the quality of your photographs.

But about 2 weeks ago I quickly swiped a cloth inside the dome to remove some fog and didn’t pay attention to the microscopic grain of sand that scratched the inside of it.

I have had to use it since and playing with different angles with the sun you can get away with it but when it shows, it shows !

So I started looking for a solution on the internet and ordered a kit called :

Kit NC-78-1 Micro Mesh Acrylic Restoral Kit.

Most reviews and videos I watched seemed quite positive and almost guaranteed a new life to your dome port given you follow the instructions.

I wasted at least 4 hours for not following the instructions scrupulously so I will try to save you some trouble and explain how to proceed right.

First of all, understand that you are going to create micro scratches that will never come off especially on the sides of the dome port but these will not affect the quality of the photos at the end.

The way the Micro-Mesh kit works is you work your way down from different grades of sandpaper until the sandpaper is so fine that it almost just lustrates the dome port.

In order to do that the kit tells you to work at an angle of 90° each time with a straight motion (no circles).
Don’t assume you will know where 90° is from the previous sanding because you won’t !

Start putting some tape somewhere on the dome port, 2 extremities of any diagonal, so that you can easily see how you started scratching.

Imagine you’re starting scratching with the large grain (which is 2800 I think) following the tape you put one the dome.
Once the scratches you wanted to remove originally are gone, you’ll be scratching with the 3200 at an angle of 90° to that previous scratch and so on.
That way, you can easily see if you’re leaving any previous scratch.

It took me about 5 minutes each time for 7 grades of paper, inside and out, a lot more for the 6000 paper for some reason and the finishing 12000 paper as well.

I believe my dome port is a lot better than it was before restauration now and I yet have to try it out to confirm ! Can’t wait !

#scratches #domeport

ACRYLIC DOME PORT RESTORAL

ACRYLIC DOME PORT RESTORAL

ACRYLIC DOME PORT RESTORAL

ACRYLIC DOME PORT RESTORAL

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