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Rubber coating on my tasco exp scope has become sticky and seems to smear black when rubbed. any suggestions?

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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.

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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.

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This might be a problem with no palletable solution. Once the rubber reaches this stage it's pretty much of a write-off, sooooo this is what I might suggest;
4. Wrap the whole mess up in waxed paper and return it to Tasco.
2. Try spraying Armor All on the rubber and see what happens..
3. After smearing your hands with Crisco, pull all that goopey rubber off; spray paint what's left.
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I've wandered over this planet 60 years and encountered this problem at least once or twice.
Made a decent living fixing alot of of things, but it took a while to understand that some problems are better dealt with by either handing it off to somebody else(rare) or just dropping it in the circular file(increasingly more common) It wasn't until recently that I realised that my motive in life(use it up, wear it out, pass it on or do without) should have resulted in me being born Almish. I think the rubber has returned to its native state, and only vulcanization will toughen it up again.

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Taken From Tasco's Website:

Repair & Warranty Customer Service If you have a Tasco product that requires service or repair,
  • 1. First determine if your product was manufactured before or after 9/1/02. Tasco products manufactured before this date did not have a code for the year of manufacture. Tasco products manufactured after 9/1/02 will have this code (See Diagram 1 for help with determining this).
    The Tasco brand was purchased by the current owners in August of 2002. Only product manufactured after this date is entitled to complete warranty coverage.
  • 2. Call our Customer Service at 1-800-423-3537
    If your product was manufactured after 9/1/02 be prepared to give the Customer Service Representative the code number found on the product and you will be given instructions on sending your product in for repair.
    If your product was manufactured before 9/1/02 the Customer Service Representative will provide more information on the repair/replacement options available to you."
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