Best way to clean out sand from Arca Swiss Z1 ballhead?

6 years 5 months ago #295302 by HawaiiGuy
I'm not sure what happened to my post. Yesterday while on a job, I dropped my tripod into the sand and my ball head got completely covered with sand. I needed it right then so I brushed off all the sand I could and used it. I can feel the sand is inside the ball head. What is the safest way to clean this out so I don't permanently damage my ballhead?


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6 years 5 months ago #295353 by Soccer Mom
Have you tried compressed air?

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6 years 5 months ago #295361 by John Landolfi
I think the head needs to be opened to get all the sand out. If you try it yourself, you may damage it to the point of unusability . I wouldn't risk it with a piece of high end equipment. Send it to their authorized repair location. It'll be cheaper than buying a new head. And, the expense is business related, so you can deduct it :)


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6 years 5 months ago #295431 by Sandy Smith Photos
:agree: with John, something like that I would have someone who knows how to take that apart inside and out. Have them clean it and do it right. Sorry to hear about this.


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6 years 5 months ago #295551 by Overread
100% have a pro clean it out. I would even go as far as send it to the manufacture and see if they will service it for you.


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6 years 5 months ago #295610 by HawaiiGuy
Good tips, thank you all. I'm going to have someone clean for me. It really feels bad when moving it around.


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