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#1 ER Pemberton

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:16 AM

This is hard to explain but I'm checking with the PHBT to see if anyone has experienced this.  I have a bluetooth speaker (square Anker) and also a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses that have this issue.  Instead of the surface being shiny and black it's sort of a soft, textured black... matte, if you will.  Both of these things have gotten sort of 'sticky' and if you try to clean them off, (microfiber cloth), the fibers stick to them.  WTF.  I just tried to clean off the speaker with some citrus cleaner and a cloth and it didn't help.  Has anyone seen this and know how to clean it up?  I can't be the first to notice this.  



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:17 AM

how did these things get sticky?



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:20 AM

how did these things get sticky?

:lol:
 
Just use and time.  It's like the material broke down with use or with weather or something.  They don't look damaged but they're sticky and now fuzzy.  It's weird.  The speaker has a more "gloss" surface where the volume buttons are located and that area is fine. I also found THIS which suggests that the surface could actually be rubber.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:21 AM

I don't have anything productive to say here, just wanted to seed some chaos here.

 

I will now let you seek your answers.



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:25 AM

I've seen this with certain things that have a sort of rubberized coating on them, where it seems like that starts to break down and get all icky.  No advice though, I haven't found a way to fix it.  I usually just end up throwing things away when it gets too nasty, and avoid buying stuff with that coating on it if I can...


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:26 AM

I've seen this with certain things that have a sort of rubberized coating on them, where it seems like that starts to break down and get all icky. No advice though, I haven't found a way to fix it. I usually just end up throwing things away when it gets too nasty, and avoid buying stuff with that coating on it if I can...


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I usually end up scraping the sticky layer off with a fingernail. Shortly thereafter I replace whatever it is
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:31 AM

Harbor freight likes doing this to items. Too many IMHO. It looks real cooool until it breaks down and then it's just sticky surfaces.

I use alcohol and a paper towel. Seems to have worked on all items so far.


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#8 ER Pemberton

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:46 AM

Okay, glad to know that I'm not the first to see this. What's weird is that the sunglasses have barely been warn but they're already acting like this. I tried some alcohol on the speaker and it didn't really work. I guess I'll just have to live with it.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:01 AM

I think it’s just the compounds aging regardless of use.
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:03 AM

The speaker...

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It's just gross. It's sticky and dusty and it seems like there is no way to clean it. The alcohol & the citrus cleaner did not do it.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:08 AM

I use alcohol.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:12 AM

The speaker...

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It's just gross. It's sticky and dusty and it seems like there is no way to clean it. The alcohol & the citrus cleaner did not do it.

 

A white switch next to an ivory GFCI with an ivory cover .. YOU MONSTER!!!   :P


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:14 AM

A white switch next to an ivory GFCI with an ivory cover .. YOU MONSTER!!!   :P

The guy actually has a banana tree.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:46 AM

Over time the natural oils from you skin will turn matte black items shiny and smooth... Example cable/sat/tv remote controls are pretty fvcking gross... Thats why when I go into customer homes I’ll bring my own... Clorox wipes are the best cleaning method
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:51 AM

I've seen this with certain things that have a sort of rubberized coating on them,

Usually it's a polypropylene coating that they put a rubberizer in that blooms to the surface.  Or, at least that's what it was 15-18 years ago, when I was in the plastic industry.  

 

I think it’s just the compounds aging regardless of use.

Yep.  


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#16 ER Pemberton

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:58 AM

A white switch next to an ivory GFCI with an ivory cover .. YOU MONSTER!!!   :P

That was an emergency fix. The switch broke and the garbage disposal was stuck ON. :covreyes: I flipped the breaker and looked to see if I had a switch that fit and I did... but it didn't match. Miraculously, my wife didn't complain.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:18 AM

Things I have learned:  Citrus cleaner doesn't work and neither does alcohol.  A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser thing just shreds the second it comes in contact with the speaker and Goo Gone doesn't work either.  Oh and now the speaker has so much lint on it that it looks like sasquatch.  :lol:



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:19 AM

Things I have learned:  Citrus cleaner doesn't work and neither does alcohol.  A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser thing just shreds the second it comes in contact with the speaker and Goo Gone doesn't work either.  Oh and now the speaker has so much lint on it that it looks like sasquatch.  :lol:

You're not using the alcohol correctly.

 

But i'd try some oil-based cleaner.  If soap isn't working. If you ain't bathing. PertMINUS son.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:29 AM

In case you guys hadn't already concluded that I was mildly unstable... hear this:  I took a piece of tape and covered the strip of controls (volume, etc) and another and covered the power switch and the charging port and then I covered the top of the speaker (which is in good shape) and I took some hammered, black spray paint to it.  :lol:

 

@Vagus:  Alcohol and hammered in the same thread.  :D



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Posted 15 May 2019 - 09:32 AM

Use some fingernail polish remover.


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