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Bushnell Binoculars We have a pair of Bushnell binoculars. The casing has become super "sticky". Is there anything we can use to clean and restore it?

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  • ncriptide Nov 01, 2008

    I have the same problem My binoculars are the Jason Model 296, Perma Focus 1000. The rubber grips on top of the binoculars are super sticky and black comes off in your hand. Any solutions?

  • MidnyteMoon Dec 05, 2008

    My Bushnell binoculars, got them out last night to look at Saturn and Venus... same problem. The black rubber has become sticky over the years, and that black stuff gets on your hands and it's hard to get off. I had a pair of black boots that this same thing happened to, on the insides. Ruined my purple socks, LOL. It must be a certain type of rubber that this happens to?

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    Paul Seemuth May 26, 2016

    I have a sharper image 8x28 variable binocular compact that was very gooey from use and storage over the years. I can give a definite thumbs up to use Murthy's oil soap. Use full strength, place some on rag and wipe body and other surfaces till the black material is completely removed. IT may take 20 minutes with good rubbing to get it all off ( change rags or areas to minimize time). Works on rubber eye protectors also. Once you have removed the blackish material (white rag v good to see) taking another clean rag, to verify you got must off the unit then take a clean moist rag, rub the oil soap off ( should take no time at all then dry. My binoculars, though now missing most of printing and logos, feel smooth, no stickiness and works perfectly. A little soap save me better than 60 bucks for a new pair.
    Just to cover bases, I tried isopropyl alcohol, acetone and simple green and NONE of them work even marginally. The solvents made it worse so save time and get the Murthy's. PS. I don't work for them nor never have. Just used original comment suggestion!

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USE ACETONE (FINGERNAIL POLISH REMOVER) PUT IT ON WITH A CLOTH..IT TAKES THE STICKY OFF BUT THE END RESULT ISN'T POLISHED. SO BE EASY WITH THE ACETONE...

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  • knarfie Mar 21, 2011

    I bought a pair of these at a flea market, and had the same problem, with sticky goo completely covering the portion of the binoculars which houses the mirrors and prisms. i tried about 6 different solvents, including acetone (or fingernail polish remover) and what worked best of all was isopropyl alcohol. I used plenty of that, and lots of paper towels. It would be interesting to know the source of the stickum in the first place.

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I agree with the isopropyl alcohol. However, it still does not come off easily. You can, with perseverance, remove the sticky down to the nice hard surface. I then used car wax on the cleaned areas and it worked great

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The very best solution is use Rubbing Compound & Heavy Duty Cleaner from Turtle Wax.

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I want to Thank the person who told me to use wax. I used a cleaner wax for (cars,boats),and kept rubbing that black off until it all came off and left a shine. It really worked.Thank You.....

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The best solution I had for cleaning Bushnell Binoculars is Murphys' Soap. "Pure Vegetable Oil Soap" Household Cleaner. It has no toxic ingredients, no chemicals. I used it straight from the bottle. It removed all the sticky substance. I was pleasantly surprised. A lot of arm work.
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