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How can I fix the sticky black surface of the outside of my binoculars?

The outer surface of my binoculars has become sticky and the black comes off when you handle them.

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Try cotton pads (makeup removal type) and Isopropyl alcohol. it works about 75% of the time. Cotton balls can leave a lot of fibers.

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  • Ammonia can be used as well, but should be used with caution as it can cause damage to some plastic surfaces.
  • If the sticky, damaged surface remains, it can be scraped away with a spoon or dull knife.
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