Originally Posted by brothernature
I just picked up a Focomat 1c. The bellows are shot and have multiple corners that are cracked open. Is there an easy way to replace them? Or if I patch up what I can with gaffers tape, how much will that affect my enlargements?
I'm not sure where you are located, but here in the US there is a useful product called "liquid electrical tape"; it is a jet black, gooey (technical term) liquid with the consistency of rubber cement which forms a flexible, opaque film when it dries. A small bottle of the stuff goes for about USD$3 locally - Ace hardware and Home Depot. Paint it over your light leaks.
I (and many others) have successfully used the stuff to repair bellows on view cameras. I expect the bellows extension on a Focomat is less than that on my Ansco 5x7 view, and the repair which I made on the Ansco has held up just fine for several years now.
Used sparingly, one bottle will last for 15 to 20 enlargers or view cameras; buy a second bottle if you have more than 20 of either. Use nail polish remover to get the stuff off of your hands.