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This page is an attempt to decode the strange three-letter codes for greases and glues that were used in the manufacure of Nikkor lenses over the decades. It's a small list to start, but as we find more materials, we'll add them here! If you have some knowledge to add, drop us a line with the contact link at left.

 

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Cemedine Super-X 8008

• AKA: Cemedine, Super-X, Super-X 8008
• Made by Cemedine Company, Japan
• Also used in Canon lens repair, dive suit repair and endoscope repair
• Available in black, white and clear colours

Cemedine Super-X 8008 is a liquid adhesive that turns rubbery when exposed to air. Used frequently as a hold-down glue in AF lenses.
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FC-4

• Made by Nippon Koyu Company, Japan
• Usually sold in 1Kg cans
• Synthetic white grease

FC-4 is a precision optical grease, used for greasing one or more of the helicoids, cam tubes and slots, lens keys and sliding areas of tubes in many Nikkor lenses
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GE-8

 

• Made by Nippon Koyu Company, Japan
• Usually sold in 1Kg cans
• Synthetic white grease

GE-8 is a precision optical grease, used for greasing one or more of the cams, tubes, sliding parts, slots and lens keys and sliding areas of tubes in many Nikkor lenses
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H-169

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• Made by Nippon Koyu Company, Japan
• Usually sold in 1Kg cans
• Synthetic white grease
• Molybdenum base

H-169 is a precision optical grease, used for greasing helicoids in older Nikkor lenses, notably the 50mm AiS. Has better low-temperature performance than FC-4 below -20 Celcius. Sometimes specified in manuals to be mixed with the FC-4 grease above.


I-40

• Made by Nippon Koyu Company, Japan
• Usually sold in 1Kg cans
• Synthetic black grease
• Molybdenum base

GE-8 is a precision optical grease, used for greasing one or more of the cams, tubes, sliding parts, slots and lens keys and sliding areas of tubes in many Nikkor lenses
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Lock End B

(AKA Loctite 241)

• Made by Loctite Company
• Widely available
• Medium strength general threadlocker
• used to lock the end of screws, not the tops

Lock End B is shorthand for Loctite 241, a thread- locker to keep screws where you put them! Repair manuals tytpcially say to use very very little: a microscopic drop on the bottom three threads of a tiny screw, for example. Not to be conufsed with the red Threebond screwlock that is seen on top of screws in Nikkor lenses.


OS-30MEL

(AKA "DrySURF)

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• AKA "DRY SERF" or "DRYSURF"
• Made by Harves company, Japan
• oil barrier
• Difficult to ship and use, as it evaporates quickly

OS-30MEL is an precision-engineered liquid that forms a film that acts as an oil barrier. You see this used often in lenses near the helicoids, to prevent oil from migrating into the lens elements.

Screw Lock 1401C

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• Made by Threebond Company
• Light strength threadlocker
• Used to lock the tops of screws
• Hazardous goods, can only be shipped by ground or sea

Screw Lock 1401C is shorthand for Threebond 1401C, a light duty thread- locker. This is the red stuff you see all the time on top of screws in Nikkor lens. As this is a hazardous good, it's best to look for it locally, where it can cometimes be found through auto and motorcycle supply stores.

Polyseter film tape

• Generic polyester film tape
• used to cover adjustment holes and to hold FPC's in place
• Part numbers iunclude TA-0008 AND TA-0018


 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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