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I know, I know. Throw it out each time and grab a new one. Freakin' pervs. But I'm asking about tools and such that have a (usually) thick rubber coating that seems to degrade and get sticky after awhile. Some can just be wrapped with sports tape and such, did an umbrella like that, but with some tools and farkles that wouldn't work. I've tried WD, isopropyl, mineral spirits, etc and while it generally cleans them up is still leaves the stickiness. (Yes, that's a word.) Anyone have any remedies?
 

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OK, you have to use acetone, or fingernail polish remover!

And don't judge! You don't know my life!! :ROFLMAO:
 

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Methylhydrate.

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I know, I know. Throw it out each time and grab a new one. Freakin' pervs. But I'm asking about tools and such that have a (usually) thick rubber coating that seems to degrade and get sticky after awhile. Some can just be wrapped with sports tape and such, did an umbrella like that, but with some tools and farkles that wouldn't work. I've tried WD, isopropyl, mineral spirits, etc and while it generally cleans them up is still leaves the stickiness. (Yes, that's a word.) Anyone have any remedies?
I don't know if you are just trying to clean the handles or if you are looking for ideas but I use this stuff as many of my hand tools are old world and handed down from my father and maintained. I just cut all the rubber off and rub it on a wire wheel then dip it in the goop. I usually dip twice or three times depending on how thick a coat they take.

 

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I don't know if you are just trying to clean the handles or if you are looking for ideas but I use this stuff as many of my hand tools are old world and handed down from my father and maintained. I just cut all the rubber off and rub it on a wire wheel then dip it in the goop. I usually dip twice or three times depending on how thick a coat they take.

Nope, cleaning things that can't be recovered.
 

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I recently read an article where the writer used a paste made of baking soda and water. She used a stereo remote for an example.
She rubbed the paste over the plastic with her fingers. She said to resist the urge to use a green scrubber as it will scratch the surface.

I have not tried it yet, but I'm suggesting it nonetheless.

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I prefer Sally Hansen over Cutex!😁
 

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Do you find that you have the same issue with rubber/plastic knobs in your cars? When my folks lived in Florida, it was weird how the air there seemed to basically melt certain plastics and rubber things.
 
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Now that you mention it . . . my son's '07 Explorer. Steering wheel big time but a wrap fixes that. Sits in the sun most of the day lately but got him using windshield shades finally.
 

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Now that you mention it . . . my son's '07 Explorer. Steering wheel big time but a wrap fixes that. Sits in the sun most of the day lately but got him using windshield shades finally.
My mom had a brand new Audi A4 Convertible when she lived down there. Always in the garage and she put maybe 6K miles on it in 7 years. The steering wheel, all the knobs in the car softened up and would leave black marks on your hands. The hoses in the engine compartment were the same. Weird since my wife owns nearly the identical car, which is now 15 years old and has 120K on it with no issues.
 
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