10 Mar Polaroid™ camera maintenance
From time to time, your Polaroid camera will require a little tender loving care. This will keep your camera producing the best images possible, and ensure the longevity of your camera.
Please remember that all Polaroid, Polaroid Originals and Impossible i-Type cameras must be cleaned with care. You should only use a slightly dampened cloth when you are working on the plastic or metal components of the camera. Do not use chemical cleaners of any variety, as they could damage your camera. If cleaning the leather components (as found on folding camera models like the SX-70), make sure you do so with care, so as not to tear the leather.
HOW TO CLEAN THE LENS:
To clean the lens of the camera, use a microfibre cloth designed for that purpose. This will ensure that you do not scratch the lens or leave behind any strands that may impact the quality of your photos.
HOW TO CLEAN THE ROLLERS:
The component which will require the most frequent maintenance are the rollers of your camera. In order to spread the developer paste between the negative and positive components of each photo, the picture goes through two metal rollers as it exits the film door. If they are dirty, uneven or a just little off-kilter, the chemistry will not be evenly spread.
We recommend that you inspect your rollers between every pack of film, and clean them every 2-3 packs – even if they look perfectly clean to you. The rollers are accessible by opening the film door compartment of the camera. You can easily clean them with a soft cloth, dampened slightly with clean water. Allow the rollers to dry completely before using your camera again.
You can read more on how to clean the rollers of your Polaroid camera in this article.