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Case is "sticky" like glue

Have vivitar series one 7-16X25 Zoom (maybe ten years old). Under cover for several years, but when taken out, the case (not the rubber grip) appears to have degassed, and is extremely "sticky." What can be used to remove sticky substance, and not ruin binoculars?

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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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