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:
- Soft cloth
- Rubbing alcohol
- Baking soda
- Spoon or dull knife
Steps to Remove the Sticky Surface:
- Moisten a soft cloth with ammonia or Windex. Rub it over the sticky area to remove some of the damaged surface. A wet Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can also be used.
- Rubbing alcohol can be used as well, but should be used with caution as it can cause damage to some rubber surfaces.
- If the sticky, damaged surface remains, mix some baking soda with water to create a thick paste that is about the consistency of toothpaste. Rub the paste over the surface with a cloth, then rinse clean.
- If the stickiness is stubborn, 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 rubber starts to degrade, it will continue and the problem will be recurring. It is best to replace these parts whenever possible.
- One site user wrote in (Thanks!) to say that instead of scraping the rubber with a spoon or knife, they used a Choreboy copper scouring pad to scrub it clean. If you’d like to do the same, be careful not to scrub too hard and damage the rubber.