Camera Repair Tools

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Camera Repair Tools
Camera parts are by and large readily available for cameras less than 10 years old. (ULTRA.F/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Camera repair companies rely on a number of tools to fix broken cameras. Parts of older cameras tend to wear over time and need replacing. Accidentally dropping a camera can cause one or more parts to break, requiring repair. Whatever the issue, specific tools together with some technical expertise can usually help restore a camera to its original condition.

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According to My Pentax, one of the more common problems with a faulty camera is that its gears and winders dry out over time. Lubricate these components using watch oil or a silicone-based lubricant available in most camera stores. These solutions can also be used in areas where plastic and rubber meet to prevent components from wearing.


A magnet that comes in contact with a camera can impact the camera's performance. A demagnetiser can eliminate the magnetism from your camera. Electronics stores usually carry these tools.


Screwdrivers enable you to open the camera's outer casing to make an internal repair. Look for a screwdriver with a cross-point head size "00," which fits most camera screws.

Pastry Brush

Use an ordinary pastry brush to wipe away dust and debris that can get into the camera's ruts and impact its function. It has delicate soft bristles that will not scratch or damage fragile parts.

Rubber Lens Ring Tool

It's not always apparent how to open a lens on a camera. Most camera lenses lack a clear entry point. A rubber lens ring tool enables you to grip the ringed layers encasing a lens to safely open the compartment.

Hand Blower

A viewfinder and lens must be completely clean of debris in order for a camera to take quality images. Use a hand blower to remove fragments from viewfinders and lenses before reassembling a repaired camera. The tool also works to dry cleaners and solvents faster when working on a repair.

Polystyrene Cement

Polystyrene cement, sold at modelling shops and craft stores, fills minor crevices and fissures in plastic camera casings. Use a hand blower to speed the drying process as the cement can take several hours to air dry. The cement provides an effective adhesive while eliminating a casing's imperfections.

Isopropyl Alcohol

Dust and debris accumulate on reflex mirrors and viewfinders, creating a film on their surfaces. Use isopropyl alcohol to wash these items and remove residue build-up. Isopropyl alcohol is also effective at removing ink marks from the exterior camera casing.


Applicators are items, often found around the home, that enable you to perform repairs on a camera, such as toothpicks, cotton swabs and craft sticks. A toothpick permits you to carefully probe inside a camera to diagnose defective components. Use a cotton swab to clean tight spots, such as the viewfinder. Craft sticks help you to apply glue or cement without getting it on your fingers.

Magnifying Glass

A portable magnifying glass allows you to view the intricate parts of a camera and identify problems with small parts. Look for a handheld magnifying glass that you can easily manoeuvre and position to view inside tight spaces.

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