It is vital to remove the corroded and damaged batteries from your vintage cameras carefully in order to avoid further damage.
You will need to disassemble your camera in order to access the battery compartment. Consult the manual for your camera to find out how to disassemble it. You will generally need to remove the bottom or door to get to the batteries. Keep track of the small parts as you work.
You may see signs of leakage and/or accumulation around the batteries after the compartment has been exposed. Avoid removing the batteries by force, as it could damage the contacts and casing.
Breaking the Seal
The corrosion and leakage are what “glues” the batteries into place. Breaking the seal is necessary to remove the battery. Be gentle. You may need to use an angled plastic tool to pry the batteries out of the compartment. Apply even pressure while wiggling the batteries. This will slowly break the seal.
Be very careful not to bend the contact springs within the battery compartment. Avoid sharp metal tools and work slowly. Rust and rust can be removed, but damage to the contacts or casing may not be reversible.
Once the batteries have been loosened, and the seal broken, you should be in a position to gently lift them from the compartment. If they are still stuck, do not force them as this may damage the camera. Continue gently prying the edges and applying more solvent until they come loose.
Be patient. Take your time. It is a delicate process to remove old batteries from an antique camera, but you can do it with care. Prepare the camera for new batteries. It will be worth the time and effort to get your vintage camera working again.
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