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Re: Removing Paint From Tube

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Posted by Robert May on August 26, 1998 12:53:35 UTC

Sorry Glen, I was just responding to the general question of paint removal. I don't know how exactly to take a Ranger apart. I do find it interesting that it is riveted together. But anyway, here is how you will problably be able to get the optics out. 1) When removing any optics, be sure to mark them on the edge with a permanent marker (or sand a mark on the edge) of each optic piece when removing it from the assembly. Mark both for the top and the front of the optic. Also put a mark on the tube so that everything goes back in EXACTLY the same way as it came out! 2) There should be a pair of slots on a little ring holding the lens in place on the front of the tube. There is a proper tool for undoing this ring, but one can be made by taking a piece of steel and cutting and filing to thickness (make sure you don't hit the glass in the center) and very carefully unscrewing the ring. They often are tacked in place and are otherwise hard to start. Pushing one one slot over the other may break everything loose easily. 3) When you get the ring off (making sure the optics don't turn about) remove and mark each item that comes out. Sometimes it is easiest if you just remove everything that comes out as a stack and mark it all then.

Doing the above, remember not to force things as something may break! The fairly fragile ring will be almost impossible to replace except by making a new one on a lathe equiped to do metric threads. If you are not experienced, you may want to take it to a photo repair shop and have them at least start the job. Good Luck.

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