Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/10/09

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Ted Grant Underwear King (was: Black Finish)
From: "Dan Post" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 13:44:37 -0400

Diapers are great, but I use my kids' old seat covers in the darkroom- they
are super absorbent and easily washed! then again, most of theirs were the
multi layer type and not really suited for lenses.
For lenses, I used a well washed LINEN table cloth for years. It was stained
and my wife was going to pitch it; I had heard that linen was relatively
lint free, so I took it, cut it up into foot square pieces and used pieces
of it for about twenty years- just used the last of it a couple of years
ago. It is, with the exception of some of the newer microfibre cloths, the
best lens cloth material ever made. Cotton, even well washed will lint to
some degree, though it sure beats paper towels and such!
Also- for alcohol for cleaning, I go to the package store and get EVERCLEAR;
it is pure USP Ethyl Alcohol. It is good for tape recorder heads, lenses,
and I even used it years ago to clean and sweeten my smoking pipes! A pint
goes a long way!