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EM1 grip glue problem

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by EarthQuake, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    Sorry if this has been brought up before (I searched but couldn't find a thread on it), but the rear grip on my EM1 is starting to pull off, looks like the adhesive has failed. I feel like I've seen other people have this problem as well, but it may have been on DPR.

    Anyway, has anyone found a solution for this other than sending the camera in for warranty service? Perhaps a DIY fix someone can recommend? I need the camera for an ongoing project I'm doing so I can't send it in for service at this time.
  2. lowlight

    lowlight Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 3, 2014
    have you tried glueing it back into place? or some double sided tape that could hold it temporarily....
  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    Oddly enough I noticed this problem on my E-M1 yesterday.... its about 1 year old....and it was a hot day yesterday

    going to try a spot of superglue at this point... will let you know how I get on

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  4. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Rubber glue or even better contact cement. superglue is corrosive to some rubbers and foams.
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  5. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    thanks usayit

    I am heading back to europe today... so I wont attempt a repair right now... any suggestions of brand of adhesive would be appreciated


  6. zensu

    zensu Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    Alabama USA
    You might want to contact an authorized repair facility and maybe they will sell you a new 'skin' to replace your peeling cover.
    If you don't go that route, I glued a peeling skin on an old film camera using rubber cement. I worked great for years (until I sold it).
    Good luck!
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  7. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Info for contact cement:


    Dap or Elmers.. worked fine for me. Keep in mind that contact cement needs to air dry before pressing the components together. Its easy to forget as most glues are assembled before the glue is "set"... contact cement is the opposite. Rubber cement (don't use ones that have a lot of solvent although all have some) is less permanent and easy to clean. I prefer contact cement but I've used rubber cement in the past in a pinch with no ill effects.. works great.

    You can always "test" the glue at hand on a corner or something too if you are unsure.
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  8. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    The E-1 used to have that problem. I tried various glues, including contact, and none of them really worked well. Olympus sold replacement rubber pads with the adhesive tape pre-fitted and with a proper cleaning of the camera surface, that fixed the issue the best. I'd say you can get the same for the E-M1. If you can find the right sort of double-sided tape (very thin) then you can repair it yourself and hope it stays fixed.
  9. Yorkie

    Yorkie New to Mu-43

    Nov 15, 2011
    Olympus do sell the grips at good prices in the UK. I had a grip come off on the e5 and a new one cost less than £10 including postage. Just use some white spirit to clean the residue off and stick on the new grip. Much easier than messing with the old.
  10. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Can you tell if it's coming off because it's shrinking? If it's shrinking, no amount of re-gluing will keep it on there.
  11. Grinch

    Grinch Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 9, 2011
    Gorilla glue...water based and has never let me down. Used it to reattach mouldings on cars, my glasses, leather on my shoes, haven't had to try it on my E-M1 but if anything goes I will.
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  12. tweggers

    tweggers Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 19, 2013
    Terry Eggers
    Hello, I had this happen on my first EM-1. They replaced the camera with a new camera. It was under warranty
    Good luck, Terry
  13. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013

    I got some contact cement and used that, a few day later its seems to have worked perfectly. Thanks for all of the advice!
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  14. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Gorilla glue is indeed very versatile and strong. On the other hand, I have yet to master whatever special Gorrilla technique is required to not make a mess.... That stuff expands as it cures and I always make a complete mess of things when it does.
  15. RamblinR

    RamblinR Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 16, 2012
    Qld Australia
    Have just found my em1 back grip is lifting. Contacted Olympus and they want me to send it in for a quote. Don't know why they would need to quote it as it should be a straight forward price for a grip replacement. Will call them today and speak to someone about this.

    Any other suggestions for best glue fixes keeping in mind that the grip is removed for repairs so it can't be unremovable due to this.

  16. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    I used contact cement and that worked fine. I actually sent this in for repair eventually, as I had the rear dial problem and my USB port failed (snapped off while using a remote shutter release) and bricked the entire camera. Pretty awful build quality for a $1400 camera I have to say, the rear dial problem is starting to show on my backup body now as well.

    Anyway, they were able to remove the contact cement that I used to glue the grip on apparently as it was repaired without any issues.
  17. barry13

    barry13 Mu-43.com Editor Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Hi, I think used Gorilla Glue when the rear panel came loose... It didn't help for very long - perhaps I should have fully removed the grip first and cleaned it. Anyways, Oly/PCR fixed it soon after as I also had a failing dial.

    Now, both front grips have a loose area... If it gets worse I'll have to try glue again.

    Btw, some glues can be removed with alcohol, which should be safe around most areas of the camera.
  18. RamblinR

    RamblinR Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 16, 2012
    Qld Australia
    Just as a heads up for Australians. I just contacted Olympus by phone (previous contact about this was by email on their site). Have just been advised that they now have a:

    $88 Fixed Price General Service

    This is new and apparently covers the grip and the rear dial repair and clean and service etc.

    Pity they didn't have it 2 months ago when I send it yet another of my EM1 cameras for the rear dial repair. So it will be $88 for the grip repair and they post it back.
  19. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    Well if you NEED the rear dial replaced and a cleaning, then I supposed that is ok. But for just a loose grip a tube of adhesive is MUCH cheaper. :biggrin:
  20. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    my EM-1 grip fell off ,but it still worked. Then got green trash in EVF. Finally sent back and had it repaired. Works like new. Old EM-5 still humming,no problems.
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