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Old 12-30-2019, 03:57 PM   #1
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'Sticky' case help?

I have a couple of old e-readers, and wanted to get them up-and-running to see if they still worked. The problem I have is with a Pyrus Mini (maybe... 8 years old?) It seems to work ok, but the case is... disintegrating. It's the rubbery/latexy(?) coating that is just sticky as hell - sort of melting (similar to if you peeled an old label off something, and it left all the sticky stuff behind). I've tried a couple of things, and the only thing that seems to work _a little_ is Iso. However, that takes an AWFUl lot of elbow grease - and I'm not entirely sure it'll work on the buttons.

Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 12-30-2019, 04:13 PM   #2
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the issue is that they used a plastic that disintegrates over time. i've come across quite a few devices, not limited to just e-readers, that are like this.

there is a product called "goo gone" or something similar that will remove this sticky stuff.

you have to apply it, wait a while, and rub it off. it smells like petroleum, so after you clean it all up, you'll want to use a damp towel with water to get rid of the smell.

i'm not sure if you're device is water-proof. if not, you should not apply directly onto areas where liquid would be able to seep into the inside of the device. apply the goo gone to a cloth and rub over the sticky areas instead.

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Old 12-30-2019, 07:47 PM   #3
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I use talc powder (baby powder) on devices that have a rubbery coating when they get sticky. It works quite well and lasts a long time. Just add a small amount of powder and rub it in gently. The stickiness goes away rather quickly. Apply a second coating if needed. Try using a q-tip to work around areas near openings to avoid having the powder seep into them. Also be aware that baby powder is perfumed as opposed to unscented talc.
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Old 12-31-2019, 08:00 AM   #4
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Well, I tried talc but it was a bit messy (the 'sticky' is everywhere - especially on the buttons). This may be destined for the trash... I don't have Goo Gone, but apparently you can make similar with Coconut Oil and Baking Soda (both of which I have). Nothing to lose!
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Old 12-31-2019, 08:26 AM   #5
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And... Now I don't have a problem anymore! The mixture worked well, so I thought it'd be easier if I took it apart.... Not unusually the disassembly took it's toll. RIP Pyrus!
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Old 12-31-2019, 11:17 AM   #6
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Some fingernail polish removers are acetone based and will dissolve plastic. Make sure you are using Acetone free. Also, fingernail polish removers have oils and scents added to them.
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If the casing actually is rubber, you're doomed! Latex has a short life and is very sensitive to oils such as those from hands. This is why you should never use oil based lube.
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Acetone or MEK products are used to 'solvent weld' plastic parts together.

Even Go Gone can be too much. TEST on a none critical area and WAIT a few.

(I used Goo Gone to remove Carpool sticker goo . WRONG. it took longer than I had waited to affect the paint
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