Help with Stuck Filter!

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Ugh! So yesterday I was trying out my FL-W filter for the first time. It's a 77mm filter that I mounted to a stepdown ring (62 mm B&W brand so not cheap!). In the middle of the shoot, I decided to switch lenses and needed to remove the stepdown ring. Easy enough, right? WRONG! the two are stuck together like somebody crazy glued them together! I can't budge them. Trying everything including PB penetrating oil, WD-40, Dawn liquid detergent, filter wrench, etc but I am fresh out of ideas. I hate to think that this is the end. Anyone have any other suggestions on how to unstick these? :confused:
 
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WD 40? I'm assuming the step down / filter combo is off the lens. Try some heat. Put it out in the sun then try the filter wrench.
 
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Did you use a pair of filter wrenches?
Have you tried the rubber band trick? https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showpost.php?p=4082858&postcount=4
If heat does not work try freezing then use the filter wrench pair

If/when you do release the filter check the threads very carefully and clean then apply a little graphite to the threads which should help in the future
 
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Get a pair of thin, disposable latex gloves. Put the gloves on and sandwich the filter and stepup ring between your palms and turn to loosen.

If you're just trying to get a stuck filter off of a lens, a thick rubber band will also work. The problem in most cases is that you just can't get a good grip on the filter. Latex gloves and rubber bands work wonders and I always have them in my camera bag.
 
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WD 40? I'm assuming the step down / filter combo is off the lens. Try some heat. Put it out in the sun then try the filter wrench.

Did you use a pair of filter wrenches?
Have you tried the rubber band trick? https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showpost.php?p=4082858&postcount=4
If heat does not work try freezing then use the filter wrench pair

If/when you do release the filter check the threads very carefully and clean then apply a little graphite to the threads which should help in the future

+1 or a little wax

I used a hair dryer to heat filters and it worked well.

Get a pair of thin, disposable latex gloves. Put the gloves on and sandwich the filter and stepup ring between your palms and turn to loosen.

If you're just trying to get a stuck filter off of a lens, a thick rubber band will also work. The problem in most cases is that you just can't get a good grip on the filter. Latex gloves and rubber bands work wonders and I always have them in my camera bag.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I finally got the two separated using penetrating oil and repeated attempts using 2 rubber jar grips to unscrew them. Washed and dried both thoroughly and will apply some graphite to the threads. What a pita, but all ended well!
 
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Happened to me with a polariser, I wrapped a towel around it and honestly I used as much force I could, still feel the pain on my fingers :smile:
 

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