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Using Dust-Aid Platinum cleaner

The DUST-AID™ Platinum Silicone Sensor Cleaner is my favourite method for dealing with loose dust particles.Cleaning power on a stick.

Available from our online shop - click to view!The tool consists of a small flagpole like stick with a pad at the base.
You will notice it looks a little like a rubber stamp- let’s call it the cleaning wand!

Using this tool is simplicity itself.
The wand is, in fact, used much like a rubber stamp – except that it removes stuff rather than deposits it!

As described in the right side column, the silicone pad is slightly sticky. By placing the wand down onto the sensor surface, pressing lightly, then lifting it back up, loose dust particles adhere to the wand’s cleaning pad and are carried away.

Here’s a view of the wand Silicone Pad being placed on a sensor surface (out of camera for illustration purpose).

The pad only covers part of the sensor surface, making it easy to manoeuvre within the mirror chamber, and allows it to get right into the corners. The stamping action is repeated as many times as necessary to cover the entire surface of the sensor.

Easy to manoeuvre within the mirror chamber.And, yes, the pad must of course be kept clean in order to be effective.
The bits that stick to its surface are removed between each use, using special Cleaning Strips, supplied with the wand.

As always, with any cleaning method, you should expose test images between each cleaning. That way bits stuck in one spot are easily recognised and located for further attention.

Tip:  Particles may get stuck in the shutter/mirror mechanisms. By firing the shutter several times after each cleaning, any such particles are shaken loose and detected on the test images.
Holding the camera upside down and on the side, while firing the shutter, will assist in loosening the bits.
These particles can then quickly be removed with the wand.

The Dust-Aid Platinum Sensor Cleaner is a tool I am glad to have in my arsenal of cleaning tools. If your camera is kept clean, or has recently been professionally wet cleaned, then the Platinum wand is probably all that is needed to maintain cleanliness and remove stray particles.

Recent service, test shots:  
The two images below are actual before and after test shots with a Pentax K200.
Click on the images to view a larger version. Although reduced in size for viewing here, the images clearly shows the result.

The first image is the pre-clean reference test. The second image shows the sensor immediately after using the Platinum Silicone Wand once only. Only very faint, tiny spots were left to be removed by wet cleaning.

Pre-clean test image Pentax K100Post-clean test image Pentax K100The result is typical, and shows how loose dust particles are easily removed with this method.

About DUST-AID Platinum Cured Silicone Sensor Cleaning tool

Some years ago Dust-Aid introduced a sensor cleaning wand which used disposable, sticky pads, and we were among the first to test and market it in Australia.

The method became a great success, as it made sensor cleaning very simple. However, there was an ongoing cost as you had to replace the sticky pad each time you needed to clean the sensor.

Then about 5 years ago the tool was redesigned and the need to replace the sticky pads was done away with.

The new wand uses a small rectangle of Platinum Cured Silicone, the surface of which is slightly sticky.

This is not just any plain silicone pad, but a pad with a finely textured surface that increases effectiveness with picking up particles.

And, the pad never needs replacing – you just need to clean the pad between uses.

Other similar methods have since become available, but our tests indicate that the Dust-Aid Platinum™ Sensor Cleaner is a superior performer due to its specially designed surface texture.

Due to the closure of my cleaning products business (and hopefully retire) I have nearly sold out of this tool.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on one.

There are several places on the net where the tool may be purchased.

On the next page we will look at the method for removing stuck particles and smears from the sensor -
Wet Cleaning with Sensor Swabs >>