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Sticky residue on internal plastic plane on roof of lens cavity

Camera is a fujica st605n.I believe the residue comes from perishing of the gasket around the plastic plane.I have tried to use lens cleaner on a cotton bud but this only smeared the residue over the whole of the plane surface.What solvent could I use without damaging the plastic plane ?

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There is none I'm afraid. Iv'e tried everything!

What you need to do is use a tissue and some isoproyl alcohol. This won't dissolve the goo, but is effective as a cleaner nonetheless.

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