- Never let your Camera Housing bake in the sun or in the furnace of a closed black car on a equatorial hot day. Always make a best effort to keep the Camera Housing shaded when out of the water and out in the open under an unrelenting sun. Exposing the Camera Housing to prolonged periods of direct sunlight or heat can cause harm to both the iPhone® and the Camera Housing.
- After each outing leave the Camera Housing closed up and take the time to soak your Watershot® PRO or SPLASH in either a fresh water rinse tank, bucket or sink for approximately 30 minutes. DO NOT use any kind of cleaner or detergent. Cycling all of the the buttons and controls for a few seconds, while the Camera Housing is immersed in cool fresh water, will purge any residual saltwater and eliminate an environment where salt crystals might form. Afterwards, simply towel-dry the Camera Housing with a soft dry cotton towel.
- Make it a habit to perform a cursory inspection of the O-Rings, Seals, Push Buttons and general condition of the Lens Port and Camera Housing Front and Rear Sections after each use.
- Recommended long term stowage is with the Lens Port removed, Cam Lock in the Open position and the Camera Housing Rear Section (door) open and in a cool dry location.
It is not necessary nor is it recommended to remove, clean and reinstall the Main Body Seal or Lens Port O-Rings after each use.
The Watershot® O-Ring Removal Tool, lubricant supplied by Watershot® or Parker Super O-Lube®, a few Q-Tip® cotton swabs and a paper towel are the only tools required to service the Main Body Seal and Lens Port O-Rings on all Watershot® Camera Housings. Watershot® Maintenance Kits
- Remove the Main Body Seal or Lens Port O-Rings by placing the pointed end of the O-Ring Removal Tool between the O-Ring and the O-Ring path or groove on the Lens Port and Main Body Seal and Main Body Seal path or groove on the Rear Housing Section. Once the O-Ring and Main Body Seal has been separated at one point, gently pull it out and place it aside.
- Using a Q-Tip® cotton swab, gently trace around the entire perimeter of the Main Body Seal path and Lens Port O-Ring paths wiping out any contamination from the groove. It make take several circuits around the paths to clean. This is also a good time to inspect the Internal Threads on the Lens Port and the External Threads on the Lens Port Mounting Ring on the Camera Housing Body. Chasing a Q-Tip® over the threads will remove any contamination.
- Special attention should be directed to cleaning both the Internal Threads on the Lens Port and and the External Threads on the Lens Port Mounting Ring on the Camera Housing Body Front Section.
- Gently wipe off the O-Ring, being very careful not to stretch it. A common practice is to wipe the O-Ring off using just your fingers, gently feeling for any particles or defects. If the Main Body Seal or O-Rings have any visible damage, defects or contamination that cannot be removed DO NOT REUSE.
- A can of Dust Off® might also be useful to blow off any hair or contamination from the Main Body Seal and Lens Port O-Ring grooves.
- One of the most common miss-steps is over-lubricating the Main Body Seal and O-Rings. Just a trace of lubricant is fine. Think lubricant not sealant. Make sure to only use the O-Ring lubricant supplied by Watershot® or Parker Super O-Lube®. TIP: Placing just a trace of lubricant on the external threads of the Lens Port Mounting Ring will reduce the 'gain' or friction between the external and internal threads and make for a smoother mating as the Lens Port is screwed on. And remember DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN ... think 'Snug-tight' not 'Herculean-tight'.
- After re-lubricating the Main Body Seal and O-Rings, visually inspect one last time and again being careful not to stretch the O-Ring, place the Main Body Seal and Lens Port O-Rings back onto the Camera Housing and Lens Port.