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Old Feb 22, 2014, 4:38 PM   #1
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Default Preserving and maintaining rubber on dslr cameras

Anyone here actively preserve the rubber on your dslr camera? What do you do?

I have a 10 year old D70 which was not used a lot, but the grip has become a little sticky.

I just got a canon t3i and would like to prevent the rubber from getting sticky.

I am thinking that the oils in my hand hastened the deterioration of the rubber.
Seems like any rubber coated thing that touches the skin gets sticky over time, and any rubber around the kitchen that comes into contact with oil vapor also deteriorates rapidly.
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Old Feb 23, 2014, 9:51 PM   #2
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I don't think that stuff is actually rubber, it's a sort of synthetic rubber or rubberized vinyl. Rubber dries and cracks, but this stuff gets sticky. Study this type of cleaner/protectant:

http://www.mothers.com/02_products/06524.html
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Old Feb 24, 2014, 7:37 AM   #3
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Prevention beats trying to restore it hands down. A damp cloth is usually what is recommended. Do this after you are finished using the camera for the day, and you shouldn't need anything else.
Various oils and chemicals can attack natural or synthetic elastomers. Avoid anything with chlorine bleach, which makes rubber sticky and soft.
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ArmorAll (et al.)?
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The Armorall, and Mothers's products would probably make the surface slick and shiny (which may be better than sticky), so I would probably try something else first.
Mild soap may do it, or perhaps, tire cleaners from those same auto products outfits.

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