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I think I ruined my ME Super?

I purchased a cleaning kit at Ritz camera so I could clean my ME Super and I made the big mistake of using the cleaning solution on the mirror and the opaque (plastic?) area over top the mirror and now it is extremely smudged! I can't get the smudges off. It look horrible when I look through the view finder. Is there anything I can do to fix this problem??? Why would they sell a solution that would make such a mess?

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  • johnseipp1 Sep 15, 2008

    Not sure. It may be alcohol. It smells similar but not exactly like Isopropyl Alcohol. I bought their "delux" cleaning kit and this was the solution in it. I guess it was just for lenses but I just didn't know that. I've used the entire package of Q-Tips that came with it and it just keeps getting worse! I'm worried that it must have "melted" the plastic or something.

    Thanks for responding so quickly!

  • johnseipp1 Sep 15, 2008

    It's not the lens. I removed the lens and cleaned the mirror and the area above the mirror that I assumed was glass but probably isn't.

  • johnseipp1 Sep 15, 2008

    I tried using Q-tips w/ a little water and then using the dry end of the Q-tip tp mop up any moisture and it remains the same. LOTS of smudges and black streaks from the cleaning with the solution. I think the soultion sort of melted some of the black stuff around the mirrors and then it adhered to the glass.

  • johnseipp1 Sep 16, 2008

    No there was no warning at all. It's just a small red plastic bottle that say's Lens Cleaner on it. I took it to a camera repair shop here in San Diego today and they said that it disolved some of the black foam that surrounds the upper mirror. They suggested I replace the glass instead of trying to clean it. They said it would never get all of those black smudges off. It's a Pentax ME Super. A very good camera. They said that to repair it and overhaul it would cost about $120. Live and learn. Thanks...

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    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    did the solution contain alcohol ?




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The lens cleaning solution probably is just that. A solution. Very fe claening agents will not leave a deposit behind unless they are wiped away. This is impossible in the textured surface of the screen.

Cleaning the screen is a job for experts only you should never even think about doing it yourself!

To clean the screen it must be removed fromthe camera. For this model the camera needs to be taken apart to do this. If you are lucky, the screen can then be properly cleaned in a ultrasonic tank using special cleaning agents, and then rinsed clean with distilled water.

To see how to open the camera up for repair and how to do this properly there is a camera repair site which deal with this and other cameras in detail. alternatively you can contact the author who can offer a very competitive camera repair service for these models.

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Not sure about melting it........ i would be concerned about removing the special coating on the lens. i managed to ruin a digital camera that was tho it was not an expensive one... it still works but the quality of the pictures just isn't the same. be that as it may... use a very clean lint free cloth and a lite amount of water to polish the lens.... it may just be a clouding on the lens that needs to be removed.


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    Roberta Smith Sep 15, 2008

    if this works out and is a proper solution to your problem please take a moment to rate the solution... thank you


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    Roberta Smith Sep 15, 2008

    Still the same idea.... it is perhaps clouding.... some of the solution you have appled as dried on the mirror. clean it with something other then the solution....


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    Roberta Smith Sep 15, 2008

    If the mirror is actually glass... that does seem to be a high end camera.... use a good quality glass cleaner ONLY on the mirror to remove the smudges.... i would tend to agree with you that the cleaning solution has probably "melted" the plastic. i have to point out the merely obvious as you are already aware of it but if i'm cleaning something with a solution i'm not sure of.... restrict it to a very small test area and watch for material transfer from what i'm cleaning onto the surface of what i'm using to clean it with.

    I am curious about one thing.... was there no warning on the cleaning solution container about the types of surfaces NOT to use it on. Get out your magnifiying glass you may need it.




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