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Sean13
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How to clean UV-NIR filter before installation?
      #5656999 - 02/01/13 07:17 PM

I finally got around to modding my 450D today. Everything went smooth until the gluing stage. I must of managed to get some silicon on my glove and smuged the glass a bit. I managed to get the silicon off quickly with a qtip and microfiber cloth, but while the silicon around the edges is still drying I can't seem to get a clean wipe across the glass to get all the smuges off. I am going to let the silicon dry overnight, but tomorrow before installation how should I go about properly cleaning the glass? I had good success with just breathing on it and lightly wiping with a microfiber. Is that what I should attempt tomorrow? Im a little worried about popping the glass back out as the silicon doesn't seem to be all that strong, but we'll see once it dries.

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Sean13
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Reged: 11/17/12

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Re: How to clean UV-NIR filter before installation? new [Re: Sean13]
      #5658418 - 02/02/13 04:06 PM

Surprised no one else had this problem.

Threw the camera back together today, after cleaning the filter as best as I possibly could with my breath and a microfiber cloth. Took some pics with the camera and I see no distortion or dust or smuges in my pics, so I guess I did an ok job.

For future reference when modding your own camera: Absolutely DO NOT touch the filters, with anything. Had I been smart I would have let the silicon completely dry before even attempting to wipe with a cloth, but once I did I had no choice but to get the silicon smear off as quickly as possible.


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andysea
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Re: How to clean UV-NIR filter before installation? new [Re: Sean13]
      #5658485 - 02/02/13 04:48 PM

I'm glad you were able to clean the filter. I think the coatings on those filters are actually pretty strong. If I remember well one of canon filters that I got from Alpine Astro was pretty dirty and I had to clean it before installing. It was just dust, nonetheless it needed cleaning.
Also, like you did, I always wear gloves. I use dust free nitrile gloves and they work great.
Andy


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