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Sticky rubber armour coating on Futura LE Binoculars

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SOURCE: rubber coating on my tasco exp scope has become

Dust with fine Talcum powder, ie baby powder. Distrubute powder over rubber and it will harden up the rubber, let sit and gently rub in. After a couple of minutes dust off excess. repeat if required.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009

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SOURCE: rubber coating on my tasco exp scope has become

Talcum powder solution does not work, it will become gooey again. I have two of the scopes same problem on both. The coating can be removed with WD-40. Do not spray directly on to the scope. Spray a paper towel and gently wipe the goo from the scope. It takes a lot of towels but the end result is a scope the looks the same but with out the gooey coating.

The 3-9 scope I have recently stopped focusing at greater than 80 yards and I'm sending it back for repairs. It will be interesting to see how that goes.

I have begun switching to Leupold scopes for all of my rifles and pistols. Really too bad as I thought the Tasco EXP was great when it first arrived. I just don't have the time to fool with a product that should work.

Posted on May 01, 2010

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My Chinon 10x25R binoculars have the same problem.

Simple use soft lint free cloth like old drying up cloth, you need about half a cup of methalayted spirits,can get this from any hardware store.
poke finger into cloth dip into meths proceed to rub sticky coating off binoculars. you will need to keep changing to a new peace of the cloth as soon as it gets coated with the sticky black stuff off binoculars.
keep dipping into meths eventually after say 6 rubs in a particular area you will see and feel a nice hard black plastic, continue all over effected area then finish off with any window cleaner polish until cloth remains clean.STICKY COATING IS NOW GONE IT WAS INFACT A COATING PUT ON THE BINOCULARS TO MAKE THEM NONE SLIP. job done. regards GER8

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The same thing happened with my old Praktica Sport Zoom binoculars, and (in my case) found that the sticky coating could be removed by repeated rubbing with paper towels moistened with methylated spirit ("meths"). SAFETY FIRST: If you decide to try this method and have not used meths before, it is a very flammable liquid, and harmful by touch and inhalation, so please wear rubber gloves and do this outdoors or in a well ventilated place and away from sources of heat or fire. That said, it is cheap and readily available from DIY stores, usually in their painting section.

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Try it with rubbing alcohol first - just keep it away from the optics, and you may get lucky. The only thing that ever seems to work with these is an abrasive cream cleaner (jif/cif or similar) - you just have to use lots of cream and be careful not to polish the optics - unfortunately the stickiness will come back quicker than before though. I haven't tried myself, but i have heard that once you have carried out the cream cleaner routine, you can paint the unit - ask your hardware shop what sort of rubbery paints they have - ideally oil based and not acrylic. It wont last as long as the original finish or like quite as good, but it should stop the stickiness for a while at least. Try and keep your binoculars out of the sun - most of the stickiness is either caused by that, or contact with a damaging chemical such as most insect repellents, or petroleum products. Hope this helps :)

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