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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

I have had good results when using talcum powder on sticky rubber and plastic surfaces. This is not a solution that takes away the problem but it may work just enough to make your walky talky usable. ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

The components you describe have deteriorated and are in the process of decomposing into organic residue. The process is a natural part of the usable life span of an organic compound. It is not ...
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What chemicals to use to whiten recycled paper

There is no white dye that you can add to your wood-pulp slurry to whiten it. Any and all dyes will only make it appear darker. Bleach is used to whiten paper the same way it is used to whiten your ...
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Verify the accuracy of ph test strips

This is a tough one. Typically you would need a "control solution" with a known pH in the narrow range of your test strips, but it is surprisingly difficult to come up with a reliable ...
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Cleaning the back of LCD screen

You got some REALLY BAD ADVICE. You cannot remove the acetone. You have melted the plastic on the back of the screen. Acetone is a solvent for plastic. If the area is very lightly affected, you may ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

I have a really good car, but apparently it was manufactured when low-quality plastic was in vogue. As an artist, I have a bunch of products, so I figured nothing ventured, nothing gained. I painted ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

I found an old microscope with extremely expensive lenses that seem better than any ones I've ever used. The rubber base of the scope is sticky and it has sat in a closet for decades. It was like ...
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Verify the accuracy of ph test strips

Do you know someone else with a pool? Even a well-maintained aquarium will do in a pinch. Test their water and see if your results match whatever they come up with their equipment. Your local ...
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How to defoliate a tree with 38cm diameter trunk?

The fastest, most expedient, and environmentally friendly way to defoliate a tree of any size is to remove the leaf-bearing limbs and branches physically with a saw. Trimming is a good idea to avoid ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

In addition to the other valuable answers, you can consider covering the sticky parts with tape, depending on how much you care about the aesthetic. I did this once with an extension cord that got a ...
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How to defoliate a tree with 38cm diameter trunk?

Depends on what you mean by 'defoliate' if you just want the leave off and it is not an evergreen, wait until fall. The leaves will come off naturally. If the tree is green year round, take off a ...
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How to make dry ball pen work again?

I have always just moistened the tip by licking it just a little and the making small circles on a piece of paper to get it rolling again.
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How can I neutralize the odours of certain washing detergents?

I've tried everything and I find soaking clothes in warm water and Calgon Water Softener (found it at Walmart near the oxyclean) for about a day works well to get detergent smell out of used clothing....
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Continuous vinegar disinfecting of dehumidifier water basin

My concerns about damage due to the vinegar were well founded. I used my dehumidifier as a sacrificial guinea pig. When I emptied out the water bin, I sloshed in about half an inch of vinegar. I ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

this sticky rubber is in fact a pulverised material on the surface of your walkie-talkie. With time it tends to melt. You can use alcohol to remove it completly from the surface. Here is an quick ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

I've just saved a interactive pen for a world globe that was rubber coated it was so sticky I couldn't handle touching it and kids wouldn't use it All I did was make a paste of baking soda and a ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

I used Baking soda with a little water to make a paste worked for me. I applied it with my hands and cleaned with a moist cloth towel, all black sticky rubber came off. Some areas required more work, ...
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Free distilled (deionised) water, as a byproduct

Great question. I think you're right in that the water from all of these sources should contain little-or-no scale chemicals - but I'd be reluctant to use it for this purpose, purely because of the ...
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How to make a sticky mess (a permanently sticky material like sap)?

Modern spray adhesives are definitely NOT what you want. Instead, dip the rope in boiled linseed oil and hang it up to dry in the sun. It hardens up sort of like lacquer but usually doesn't get fully ...
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How to make a sticky mess (a permanently sticky material like sap)?

I'd recommend hide glue for this. It's a very effective glue for porous materials like wood, fabric, paper, rope, etc. It also works on non-porous surfaces like metal and glass (it's used in a ...
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How to store opened PU sealant cartridges?

My thoughts go along the line 'seal the cap'. Whatever you are using, make sure it doesn't react with PU (or in its vapours, in this case). Of what I know wax is non-reactive with other chemicals ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

Here’s a solution that hasn’t been posted on this thread: Use melamine foam. Sometimes they’re sold ( for a lot more ) as “Magic Erasers” but they’re just pieces of white melamine foam, and ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

Clear nail Polish. Just paint a thin layer and let it dry. Problem solved
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

Paint it. Mask it up with tape and newspaper, use the cheapest can of spraypaint you have, and just paint it. Pic below; items I have salvaged successfully this way include: Heat gun with rubber ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

to make rubber soft, mineral oil is milled into the rubber material before it is molded into shape. With time, that oil segregates itself out of the rubber matrix and bleeds out onto the surface of ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

I tried vegetable oil, paint thinner, acetone, and isopropyl alcohol, and none of those worked on my sticky ASUS laptop. That is what did NOT work for me. It seems that many post remedies that they ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

Well I just tried a couple of combinations from above. I have a retro phone I plugged into my iPhone and it got hot so the rubber started to deteriorate. The magic was three squirts of Goo Gone on a ...
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

I used GOO GONE with a nylon brush then wiped it down with alcohol. It worked great for me.
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How to cure "stickiness" on walkie-talkie rubber components

I've had this happen a couple of times. One of them was important enough for me to want to fix it. I used White Spirit or Turpentine to clean it off with LOTS of kitchen towel. It took the surface ...
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