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  1. #1
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    What to do with a Boom with sticky front panel?

    Hi all,

    My Boom has served me well for many years. I decided to give it a good cleaning the other day, and the solution I used had a small amount of bleach. Well, it was just enough to interact with the button panel/knob on the front, and turn it permanently sticky!

    I'm not too upset, as I'm preferring to use an Echo Dot + Denon HEOS 1 in the Boom's place. But what to do with the Boom? Sell it for parts? The display still works, although it's showing signs of age/dimming. I have full box and accessories. Do we have a place or rule about selling things here? Or is eBay better? Suggested price, considering the condition?

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    Same problem for my second boom.

    The sticky stuff seems to be the varnish on top of the black paint (otherwise the plastic is transparent)

    I don't see a way to clean that without actually removing the black tint

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    It was not likely your cleaning that did it. I have two booms with the sticky front panels. I've never cleaned them with anything. It's a well known problem. Both work well however.....I even have some squeezebox remotes (which I don't actually use often) that have started getting the same "stickiness".
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    Hello

    About this stickyness, here are my findings so far on a BOOM frontpanel

    The substance that is making it sticky is the matte varnish on top on the black paint, that makes it looks smooth and silky like soft rubber.

    - cleaning it with soap or cloth ; you just make it worse.

    - with alcohol, you can remove the sticky substance but it's very difficult to 100% remove it everywhere and completely get rid of the stickyness. Also, you'll end up with a shiny and somewhat cloudy surface, it won't be matte anymore

    - with paint thinner , you get back to bare plastic, which is transparent (believe it or not) ; you remove both the "sticky matte", the black paint underneath, and the text of the buttons. You end up with a clean, shiny & translucent surface. Some people paint it back in black ("...I hit the sack " ) + matte car varnish, but it won't be the same ever again.
    Last edited by sebulba; 2017-07-22 at 01:06.

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    Baby Powder

    Hello,
    Try Baby Powder (Talcum). It's magic!
    Ronny
    (3 Booms)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcolotto View Post
    Hello,
    Try Baby Powder (Talcum). It's magic!
    Ronny
    (3 Booms)
    Serious?

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    Talcum

    YES!
    Serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcolotto View Post
    YES!
    Serious.
    OK, I'll try and give it a shot this weekend. I have nothing to lose! Boom is boxed up, just looking for a new home, or maybe even tossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamS View Post
    OK, I'll try and give it a shot this weekend. I have nothing to lose! Boom is boxed up, just looking for a new home, or maybe even tossed.
    Don't toss it. someone will pay you for shipping. Booms are really useful. I have 2 in use, and one in reserve.
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    Office: Win8(64) > LMS 7.9.1 > Squeezelite
    Spares: Transporter, Touch(3), Radio(3), Boom, SB3, CONTROLLER
    Controllers: iPhone6 & iPadAir2 (iPeng & Squeezepad), CONTROLLER, or SqueezePlay 7.8 on Win10(64) laptop
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