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Sticky rubber from humidity

Kid Ordinn , Dec 15, 2006; 02:42 p.m.


I just pulled out my gear to sell it on eBay and I found that some of my lenses' rubber parts are very sticky. I suspect that it's from the Florida humidity but I would like to know if there is a remedy to that. They were stored in my Tamrac bags along with a DesiPak to keep them dry.

Thanks, KO


Dave Powell , Dec 15, 2006; 02:53 p.m.

Don't know about the rubber, but it sounds like you should also open each lens to maximum aperture, point it toward a bright light bulb, and check very carefully for fungus haze or spider-webbing. eBay buyers will want to know if any lenses are infected!



Dan Spahn , Dec 15, 2006; 05:24 p.m.

If you used a whole house flea bomb, the rubber will turn sticky. I had replace all the rubber surrounds in my audio speakers. Florida has bad flea problems.

Anthony Bez , Dec 15, 2006; 08:06 p.m.

I would use a car interior vinyl cleaner like 'Decasol'. It will clean the rubber without drying it out. Then if needed use a silicone spray to dress the surface. After a buff the rubber should be as good as new.

Michael Meneklis , Dec 15, 2006; 11:30 p.m.

Do not ever use such a kind of cleaner because the lens will be off. The liquid goes inside and then is offfff. Just use an antistatic soft cleaner with lens cleaner spray and most of all use your lens. After a week or two of normal use it will be OK.

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