Why is my rangefinder so sticky.......

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  1. lightman

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    I have a 10ga Browning shotgun with a soft rubberized stock doing this. I chalked it up to possibly getting bug spray containing Deet on it. Maybe not............?
     
  2. Hugger-4641

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    Ship it to me, I'll wrap it in red and ship it back.
     
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  3. GBExpat

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    I have a pair of computer mouses that sported some rubbery grippy zones that went to goo. I had success removing the liquifying grippy zone material with patience, q-tips and isopropyl alcohol. It worked because it was applied to a base of smooth plastic.

    I still use both mouses and they both look & feel good.

    Good Luck! :)
     
  4. DukeConnor

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    My dogs backyard kong got sticky. possibly uv
     
  5. deadeye dick

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    Had a BSA red dot that did the same thing after about 8 years. Called BSA and they sent me a new on free.
     
  6. lemaymiami

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    Something I forgot to mention... after removing softened plastics (or sticky residue of any kind)... I have also had a bit of success simply using a liquid cleaner wax on the cleaned surface, and buffing it out.... It will further remove any softened material as well as leaving a protective coat on top of the cleaned off surface (possibly preventing oxidation and another need to remove sticky surface.... that's just a guess on my part...). Give it a try, I've had some good results going down that road..
     
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  7. chicharrones

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    Makes me think of the rubberized paint sprayed on everything about 10 or more years ago. Meant to feel grippy or soft touch or whatever. Worst idea ever.

    I had a pair of portable radios covered in the stuff. My daughter cleaned one and I cleaned the other, using alcohol. Umpteen hours later both were cleaned enough to be usable again, but they sure weren't pretty and much of the silk screened controls text was gone.

    Then my first red dot did the same thing. I threw it away. It just wasn't worth the time.
     
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  8. P5 Guy

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    Bug repellent softens some plastics and synthetic rubbers
     
  9. Swampman

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    Maybe use less jelly on your PB&J's...
     
  10. Remington1911

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    Don't know why I did not think of that, never hurts to shoot them an email.
     
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  11. MySuomi

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    I have tried alcohol as a fix for this and it just did not seem very effective. The baking soda fix has worked for this "sticky" rubber/plastic issue for me. Just dissolve some baking soda into water and using a paper towel it cleans up really well. I did this specifically for my range finder, which was just nasty sticky and it worked like a charm.
     
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  12. marksman13

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    I’ve got an old Nikon rangefinder that lives in my truck that did the same thing. I literally just scratched all the gooey stuff off of it and then wiped the remnants off with alcohol pads.
     
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  13. SCiesie154

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    Eton radios has this problem and Eton officially recommends a product called “Purple Power Industrial Strength Cleaner/Degreaser” because it is water-based, non-toxic, biodegradable, non-abrasive, and contains no solvents. It appears to work very well.
     
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  14. Remington1911

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    That is a shocker, in my experience anything that is labeled as "water-based, non-toxic, biodegradable, non-abrasive, and contains no solvents" generally does not work well at all.
     
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  15. SCiesie154

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    I have the same range finder, it did a great job on mine.
     
  16. troy fairweather

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    I've used the stuff a lot on tractors and such, I'd say they lie a little about what's in it. Turned a Oliver mint green one time, it does talk oil and grease off good.
     
  17. DukeConnor

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    Purple power was the only thing that cleaned the white plastic on our honda dirt bikes. i always have it on hand.
     
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