How to Restore a Used Camera Bag

Buying a used camera bag is a great way to save yourself some of your hard earned money. A camera bag is essential because it will protect your expensive camera from damage. Cameras will last much longer if they are cared for properly and carefully.

If you do decide to buy a used camera bag then there are a few different things that you can do to restore it and improve its condition. If you invest enough time cleaning and preparing the bag then you should be able to make your camera bag look as good as new.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Cleaning Solution
  • Polish
  • Stiff Brush

Step 1 - Removing Dirt and Obvious Stains

If there is any dirt or mud dried on the surface of the camera bag then this should first be removed by brushing it off. Brushing the dirt is the best way to remove it. Make sure you use a fairly stiff brush but check that it won't scratch or damage the material.

You might need to do this a few times to get rid of all the dried on dirt and stains. Once you have removed all of the dirt you can then proceed to the next few steps.

Step 2 - Removing Stubborn Stains

Depending on the material that your camera bag is made out of the cleaning methods will be different. With some canvas style bags, for example, it may be possible to machine wash them once all of the inserts and pads are removed. Others, however, will only need to be cleaned by using a damp sponge.

If you have wet the bag then you will need to allow plenty of time for it to dry before you move onto the next steps. If you machine washed it then it's a good idea to try and form the shape again while it is drying.

Step 3 - Polishing the Bag

This step is optional and will only be suitable for leather and other similar types of bag. If you have a canvas bag then this step won't be possible. Depending on the material used different polishes and materials will be required. These polishes will shine the appearance of the bag and also weatherproof it. Leather needs to be treated and fed regularly to keep it in good condition. This will also prevent the leather from cracking or becoming damaged as it gets older.

Step 4 - Repairing Stitches

If any of the stitches on the shoulder strap or rest of the bag are damaged then these will need to be repaired. This is fairly easy when repairing stitches on canvas bags. However, when working with leather bags this will be much more complicated. When repairing stitches you need to do so carefully to ensure that the bag is capable of taking good care of your camera.

Step 5 - Finishing Touches

Once you've finished restoring your bag you will then need to reassemble the bag by putting the padding and inserts back into the camera bag. Once it's assembled you will then be able to start using your used camera bag which looks as good as new.

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