I came across an old Polaroid camera in the spare room of crap today - that seemed good but looks like I’d left the batteries in it causing corrosion. Does anyone know of a solution to this? Takes AA batteries or is it a consigned to the trash for every more?
Battery leakage, also known as battery acid, is nasty, corrosive stuff – it can burn your skin, contaminate soil, and of course ruin whatever device it has leaked into. For more information about battery acid, please visit Energizer’s battery acid page.
For the contacts on the battery door (top photo), remove them from the plastic and give 'em a good scrub.
I'd give it a quick clean and stick some fresh batteries in it to see if there's any life in the camera.
Can also use lemon juice - both that and vinegar are mild acids which neutralise the alkali. I've used both with good results. For flatter areas cotton wool ball or make up removal pad soaked in either can be left resting on top.