Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/04/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: All Canadian M3 Black Paint M3
From: Javier Perez <>
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2002 23:28:17 -0700 (PDT)

he sez in his faq that he reduces it to brass
but his Sample pics

show chrome!


- --- Bryan Caldwell <> wrote:
> Javier,
> The camera displayed on Shintaro's web site is
> brassing - there is no chrome
> underneath. I can assure you of this because I've
> held it in my own hands.
> It's been painted twice because it was one of
> Shintaro's first experiments
> and he repainted it when his skills improved. It is
> as worn as it is because
> he carries it absolutely everywhere he goes and has
> for years.
> Shintaro does not just paint over the existing
> chrome. He completely
> disassembles and strips the cameras - which is
> explained at his website
> (although in English, his second language). There
> are many LUGGERs here who
> can attest to the high quality of his work. He's
> done work for many of us
> and I've yet to hear of anyone dissatisfied with the
> results. He has
> customers from around the world and is always
> back-logged with work. The
> only thing that differentiates his finishes from
> originals (in addition to
> the fact that his haven't aged yet) is that he has
> been unable to obtain the
> exact type of paint that Leitz used. He uses the
> closest substitute that
> he's been able to find and it is very difficult to
> tell the difference. He
> also uses a slightly different method for the white
> engraved lettering - but
> it is also a very subtle difference.
> Bryan
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