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metalic decorative strip coming loose on Nikkor 55-105


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My Nikkor 55-105 has a very narrow metallic strip around the lens that's beginning to come unstuck ... only about an inch for now. Part of me says it's ok to intentionally pull it loose the rest of the way. After all it appears to be primarily decorative. An alternative would be to find the right kind of adhesive and stick on the loose end. Would be very tricky to maneuver.

 

This lens is a Nikon re-con. If the strip is totally removed the groove left behind is narrow enough to look intentional.

 

PS: Can someone help me delete this post from Canon? I don't know what made me put it there!

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Double-sided tape.

It's probably what was used in the first place, and can be easily trimmed with scissors or a craft knife and straight-edge.

 

Thanks rodeo_joe, but... wouldn't having two sides adhesive make one side be exposed to dust etc?

 

Just wonderin' !

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Just ran into something: if you have access to page 233 on David Busch's D90, look at the photos of two lenses. The one on the right, a 18-55 like my lens, shows the metallic ring around the lens but the one on the left, a 18-105, shows no such ring. Guess that helps answer my questions.
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Thanks rodeo_joe, but... wouldn't having two sides adhesive make one side be exposed to dust etc?

Huh? One side is stuck to the gold band, and the other side stuck to the lens plastic body. So where's the side exposed to dust?

It's just an adhesive layer, like glue only less messy to apply.

I'd have thought running a bead of extra thin cyanoacrylate adhesive under it would be fine.

You're talking Superglue? Noooo! That stuff outgases a white precipitate that marks black plastic surfaces almost indelibly.

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Since there's this photo try this first, while assuming the sticky surface on the strip end still remains, use a cotton q-tip dipped with robbing alcohol to rob/clean both sticky strip and groove areas a few times and let it try out a bit then reattach it back to the groove firmly, hope it works without the double-sided tape fix as suggested, good luck. Edited by photomemory
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Since there's this photo try this first, while assuming the sticky surface on the strip end still remains, use a cotton q-tip dipped with robbing alcohol to rob/clean both sticky strip and groove areas a few times and let it try out a bit then reattach it back to the groove firmly

Note, robbing to clean the sticky area gently to NOT to remove the adhesive but making it stickier.

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Thanks a bunch, Mary. Actually that option was mentioned in my initial post. Now there's common sense for you! I was hoping someone would come along and agree with me.;);)

 

PS: Thanks to you also, photomemory. You were too quick for me!

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Well, I did it. I removed the metallic strip, just took one end between my fingers and .... zip. Thanks to all, in spite of my various mistakes. I must say it looks good, better, even. I've got some Goo Gone around here somewhere, just to remove the residue.
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A little late for this, but my go-to adhesive for many repairs such as this, or the replacement of fake-leather pieces on old cameras and the like, is Aleene's Tacky Glue, which can be found at craft and fabric stores. It's a white glue which holds a little better initially than others, dries clear, and remains slightly elastic after it dries, Thus you can stick something down and not have to clamp it, It holds well, but if you do ever have to take it off again, it can be done without leaving damage and residue.
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Well, thought I was going to close down. One last question:

 

Removing the metallic strip leaves a shallow groove... several comments have mentioned how to soften and remove the left over residue here and there. Turns out it may be become some time before I can clean it out. Which solvent can tolerate some time without hardening?

 

Thanks, again.

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