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Old Jun 30, 2014, 8:57 PM   #1
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Default Well.....Has Your E-M1 Started Losing It's Skin Yet?

Mine's just starting to show it. In the lower right-hand back corner, from 3pm to 6pm oround the review button, the body covering has loosened, bubbled up and it's only a matter of time before the outer edges give way and I'll either need to run down some good double-sided tape to reseal it myself or send it in to Olympus to apply a new covering. From posts I've seen on other sites, this seems like a pretty common area for the camera's covering to start loosening and eventually peeling off entirely from the edge.

A faint reminder of the past when the first Olympus DSLR I purchased, the E-1, started losing it's skin within four months of brand new. Sent it in under warranty and had it all replaced, only to see it start yet again within 6 months. Today, it's sitting in a bag in my closet that never comes out with the skin about 90% off the body. Never had the issue with many subsequent Olympus bodies, until now. Just checked as I could not remember. I picked up my E-M1 in December, 2013, so around 6 months....

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Old Jun 30, 2014, 11:51 PM   #2
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So far so good. I'll be watching for it now.
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I wonder if it's worth wiping the body down with a damp cloth from time to time to remove finger oils ?
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Probably wouldn't hurt.
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I've check mine; it is fine, no loosening.

What I have noticed is that the 'wrap' material, while it does have a tacky feel which improves handling grip (and I like), well the grip areas on the material do show wear nearing what my E-3 does after exclusively using the E-3 more than 3-yrs.

I keep my cameras and lenses brush-dusted and wiped so hand/finger oil is kept to a minimum.

a few years ago when I did a tear-down and to replace the card cover of my E-300 a piece of fabric (covering a screw) was removed. A replacement was @ $7 US so I used a rubber cement I've used for other fixes and that piece of fabric is fixed to the E-300 yet. The cement cost $1 US.

If that piece of E-M1 material should come loose I will fix it with the same adhesive I used on the E-300.
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Well, I've never had to use it on a camera, but I recognize Bob's "Fix All Adhesive" from Super Glue.

I have used it on a variety of different things from automotive to household, and can attest that it really works well. $1 at the Dollar Tree. Just recently I used it to cement a loose piece of ceramic tile on an outdoor table. I haven't found anything that it can't fix.
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My only hesitation using something like a super glue product would be, if I needed to send the camera in for a "real" warranty-related servicing issue and Olympus needed to remove the covering, only to find it would not come off back there , would such a "fix" now void a warranty down the road before it expires in December? I'm figuring, it might.

Of course, chances are a year to 18 months from now I'm probably going to be using an E-M2 and nothing's going to happen with the E-M1.
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Greg, Super Glue is the maker, the 'adhesive' acts like a rubber cement, it does not finish as a hard weld. I've used it to fix rubber sole tears on my cheap camera hiking boots, there it stays pliable.

To fix the piece to my 300 I used a toothpick to spread a very thin coating. If I were to lift a corner the piece would likely peel off.

Yep, get it at one of the 'Dollar' stores, cost 1$ And I will bet you will be with the E-M2 by then...... wanna start a M2 rumor right away?
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i'm always up for another good rumor

Sounds like the fix to me. I'll go pick up some so it'll be on hand when the edges give way.
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The exposure dial top fell off my Em-5. Super glue was the option I used.
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