Pelican repair – my new project

Someone offered me a relatively well used Pelican 1550 which I’ve decided to take on as a project.

I’ve been wanting a pelican case but the intended purpose is largely as a storage case for all my camera gear to go into when not in use so buying a new pelican case seemed like an overkill.

As you can see from the condition of the unit (I will only collect this weekend), it’s looking a little sad and in much need of some TLC.

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My project at this point is going to involved a couple of things:

  • Clean up the old case
  • Fit a TrekPak system
  • Some branding/painting (yet to be determined)

Cleaning up the old case

The exterior is pretty faded and scratched so I’m going to investigate some options around sanding down the exterior or potentially some chemical treatment depending on the condition of the case when I get it.


The above clean up was conducted with a bumper and trim dye and it seems like it will go a long way towards solving the problem but I’ll have to wait and see what condition it’s in first, and whether this solves the problem before moving to step 2.

Trekpak system

Once I’ve established whether the case is fit for purpose and usability, I’ll be ordering a Trekpak system for it.

For those who haven’t seen, the Trekpak system is a storage system developed which allows you to create custom dividers for your case and maximise the usage of the case.

In my case, I’m starting to run short on space in my ThinkTank Airport v1 so this will allow me to rebuild my storage system for a slightly larger capacity.


I’m toying with the idea of some branding on the case, not sure what yet, but I’ll have a think about it and see what I am going to put on, or whether I just get my wife to do some painting on it as she does amazing paint work.

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