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sticky rubber on palm door on EOS 1-N

D. David Young , Mar 08, 2006; 03:48 p.m.

I have an EOS 1-N. The rubber grip on the palm door, which is the flip open door that hides the motor drive button options, etc., has gotten sticky to the point where it sticks to my hand and fingers; when touched it sticks to whatever and lifts up with it. I live in Hawaii where apparently this is one of the only places where it happens with our humidity plusperspiration from our hands. My question: has anyone ever encountered this and what are the solutions short of taking it to Canon for repair; this is a large repair as the top of the camera has to be removed to take off the door; they told me this! I have scraped the sticky rubber with fingernail and white stuff comes off and seem to help to take some of the stickiness! Your feed-back appreciated. thank you.


Puppy Face , Mar 08, 2006; 04:15 p.m.

I too live in Hawaii but haven't had any problems with my old 1N or 3. However, my A2 suffered from sticky grip. I removed the grip and used alcohol and a lot of rubbing to remove the sticky goo. So it's now a plain plastic grip. Not too pretty but works fine.

Mike North , Mar 08, 2006; 04:29 p.m.

there's a cool product called goo-gone I've used on similarly sticky situations. Put it on a white clean cloth and wipe the stickiness away.

Puppy Face , Mar 08, 2006; 08:40 p.m.

The goo is a result of the chemical breakdown of the grip finish. The rubber-like coating turns to goo and is a bitch to remove without damaging the underlying plastic grip or door.

D. David Young , Mar 08, 2006; 09:06 p.m.

thanks for the feedback: I've been scratching the sticky stuff off with fingernails and using Armor All on the sticky rubber. Hoping the AA doesn't damage metal or get-on glass areas.

Andrew Robertson , Mar 09, 2006; 03:14 a.m.

DON'T USE ARMOR ALL ON CAMERAS! It can damage the plastic. Armor All is evil stuff.

I would advise against using it on your car, as well.

D. David Young , Mar 09, 2006; 01:00 p.m.

"...Armor All is evil stuff..." please explain why it is evil.

Andrew Robertson , Mar 09, 2006; 04:59 p.m.

It migrates easily, and if you ever stop using it the plastic cracks and degrades.

It is horrible stuff - I'd only suggest its use to a mortal enemy. Thankfully, I have no mortal enemies.

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