How to Remove a Sticky Surface from Rubber


Juan asked: How do I  clean degraded and sticky rubber from a Nikon camera cover?

Over time, rubber surfaces start to deteriorate and can become sticky and/or rough. This surface can often be cleaned away or simply scraped off. Follow the guidelines below for easy removal techniques.

You Will Need:

  • Spoon or dull knife
  • Ammonia
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft cloths

Steps to Remove the Sticky Surface:

  1. Moisten a soft cloth with ammonia or Windex. Rub it over the sticky area to remove some of the damaged surface.
  2. Rubbing alcohol can be used as well, but should be used with caution as it can cause damage to some plastic surfaces.
  3. If the sticky, damaged surface remains, it can be scraped away with a spoon or dull knife.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • Please note that these fixes are only temporary. Once the plastic starts to degrade, it will continue and the problem will be recurring. It is best to replace these parts whenever possible.



  1. Paul says:

    I got good results making sticky plastic not be sticky any more by rubbing with a Kleenex sprayed with WD-40. It may not have cleaned it. It may have just coated it, but it worked better than Windex.

  2. Alan says:

    The Windex worked well for me. But, I put it on fine grade steel wool, which doubled as a spoon, I guess. Of course, that leaves some fine metal flake residue which you can easily wipe off, but I would be *really* careful with something like the camera in the picture. I was doing it on the end covering of a music keyboard. Another possibility would be a scratch pad like what you might use to wash dishes, I suppose, but remember you are going to throw it away afterwards.

  3. GS says:

    Thanks; I used Windex and a Dobie pad and it worked perfect on my universal remote.

  4. Greg says:

    This worked great; way better than the typical internet remedy.

  5. Tecki says:

    Use powder to take the stickiness away.

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