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    Posted: 15 August 2020 at 22:58
For those of use who take tripods outside. And into sometimes dusty or sandy conditions, thereís a constant risk of bits of sand and the like getting trapped in tripod parts.

With all the blowers and brushes Iíve found another thing that can help clean the parts. Car clay. I had an old bar of car clay that rather than chuck out, repurposed for tripod cleaning. Itís very effective at lifting the bits of grit that cling to tripod parts, after other techniques have removed most of it.
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What's "car clay " .
Never heard of it in the U.K , though there might be an equivalent product , depending on what it is .
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Clay bars are commonly sold in car-detailing retailers and some good auto stores. Itís a way to give car paint a good clean before a polish and wax/sealant. You spray on some lubricant and use some clay to give the paint a thorough clean.
As far as I know itís common to car detailers worldwide.

After a while the bar gets too much dirt to be reused in car paint. Itís still good for tripods
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Originally posted by wetapunga wetapunga wrote:

Clay bars are commonly sold in car-detailing retailers and some good auto stores. Itís a way to give car paint a good clean before a polish and wax/sealant. You spray on some lubricant and use some clay to give the paint a thorough clean.
As far as I know itís common to car detailers worldwide.

After a while the bar gets too much dirt to be reused in car paint. Itís still good for tripods


Woot I never though about that. I definitely have a clay bar that I could use that way. Thanks for the tip.
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It also works to clean lenses and cameras. Tiny grains of sand can get themselves stuck in various grooves, threads or tiny spaces in lenses and cameras (especially if youíre inclined to photograph at beaches). These can often resist the ministrations of ai-blowers and paint brushes. The clay bar removes them quite effectively. (I havenít applied clay to lens elements however, and suspect that would be unwise).

Itís also good- if your lens hoods have felt bonded to them- to remove bits of sand and dust from the felt. Which also seems to otherwise trap the tiny bits of sand that doubtlessly have malicious intent toward your exposed lens elements.

Quite a useful extra tool really to keeping your gear clean.
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Would blu-tak do similar?
 



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Originally posted by wetapunga wetapunga wrote:

@djfoxy

It also works to clean lenses and cameras. Tiny grains of sand can get themselves stuck in various grooves, threads or tiny spaces in lenses and cameras (especially if youíre inclined to photograph at beaches). These can often resist the ministrations of ai-blowers and paint brushes. The clay bar removes them quite effectively. (I havenít applied clay to lens elements however, and suspect that would be unwise).

Itís also good- if your lens hoods have felt bonded to them- to remove bits of sand and dust from the felt. Which also seems to otherwise trap the tiny bits of sand that doubtlessly have malicious intent toward your exposed lens elements.

Quite a useful extra tool really to keeping your gear clean.


Thank you for those ideas. Especially the event that might have happened to anybody: the hood falling on the ground.
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As cars are one of my hobbies too, i know clay very well. But i would be careful with the use of it. Only if you are very sure all sand (and similar hard particles) are washed away. The clay can clean the surfaces (paint in the case of a car) as it "chops" away the small particles (small as in smaller than sand). Even with these small particles, you will get (very small) scratches. And for this you need to polish after clay use.
I used clay also a few times, also without doing the next step and it works quite well on its own. When sand gets in the clay, it can give well visible scratches, hence the need to wash the sand away first.
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Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

Would blu-tak do similar?


Possibly, although blu-tack has some oils or plasticisers in it that may have an effect on some surfaces. I wonder if anyone has tried it
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