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    Sticky Surface on Remote Controls And The Rear Of A Touch

    Hi,

    I am looking for some inspiration here.

    I have several Squeezbox Classics and a Touch and a Duet. I have a collection of remotes to go with them.

    Those remotes, universally, now have a sticky surface around the keys. I have tried isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) without much success in removing the sticky surface.

    There appears to be a complete breakdown in the suface of the remotes, in fact you can almost scrape the surface off with finger nails.

    Yes, I know I can use my mobile phone, or Muso, or Squeezer, or Orange Squeeze dependant on what I use to control the system, but it's a shame the actual remotes are now becoming so sticky as to make them almost useless.

    Has anyone else had this problem and found a way of curing the stickiness and of course the debris it attracts. I have also noted the rear of the Touch is going the same way.

    Any suggestion would be of assistance, otherwise I will have to dispose of the remotes, that actually still work, but are awful to use. The Touch is still in daily use and hopefully will stay that way!

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    I haven't experienced this with the remotes, but it's a common problem with the front panel and knob on the Boom. I've had some success over-painting those parts with a matt lacquer rubber paint, so if you can dismantle the remotes sufficiently to isolate the sticky part it might be worth a go.

    Boom thread here: https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...l=1#post932897

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    Some of my remotes have the same issue and it is the same as one of my Booms. It was a surface treatment which over time breaks down. It the same on a iPAL radio I have.

    The rear of my Touch is plain hard shiny plastic - no surface treatment. I suspect your Touch issue may just be "dirt". Since rear is single part casing - check surface between rubber feet on bottom (it is likely to be in near-new condition & clean) to see if it is shiny/glossy - if it is shiny/glossy - then carefully try some other domestic plastic cleaner.

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    This is a common problem with a lot of natural rubber over-moldings. Cleaning with Isopropyl alcohol usually does the trick, although it make take a few rounds of cleaning.

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    I had no luck with alcohol. So I resorted to a couple of rounds of Goo Be Gone followed be cleaning that with Dawn and water. It helped a fair amount, but there is some tackiness remaining.

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    Sticky Surface on Remote Controls And The Rear Of A Touch

    Hi,

    Thank you for your replies.

    The Touch isn't "dirty" from use, as it has stood in a purpose made HiFi stand and the rear has only been touched to connect the cables. It only became apparent when I had to adjust my HiFi setup. I use the touch with a remote as much as possible, or I use my tablet or phone as remotes, because the Squeezebox remote is so sticky. The front of the Touch is still perfect, as far as I can tell.

    I haven't heard of Goo Be Gone, I will follow that up.

    Yes I have other "plastic" or man-made items that after a few years of ownership have shown this problem. It's not confined to Squeezebox items.

    Other manufacturing products have also shown this breakdown.

    I owned headphones made by a very well known American company. They were noise cancelling. Those headphones actually "melted" with the over the head "protein leather" becoming almost liquid and the ear cups, on the surface were in order, but where they attached to the earphone speaker housing, had almost liquified and the substance had run onto and into the small speakers, which couldn't be removed. I contacted the manufactureres, who weren't that interested. They informed me I couldn't replace the over-the-head section; the ear cups were replaceable, but of course the "liquid" had affected the sound output, making the earphones almost unusable. I had to dispose of them. I would point out, I had moved house at the time. The headphones were stored in their correct carrying case for a period of two months. It was during this time, the breakdown became apparent, when I went to use them again.

    I have a feeling that as time passes, more and more items that have man-made finishes; i.e. plastics or "protein leather" will break down, making perfectly good items, unusable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sachadog View Post
    The Touch isn't "dirty" from use, as it has stood in a purpose made HiFi stand and the rear has only been touched to connect the cables. It only became apparent when I had to adjust my HiFi setup. I use the touch with a remote as much as possible, or I use my tablet or phone as remotes, because the Squeezebox remote is so sticky. The front of the Touch is still perfect, as far as I can tell.
    I checked my Touch - while most of the back is glossy plastic and is not sticky, at the bottom the small labelled separate section where the cable/connectors go is sticky. Not sure if you clean it whether the labelling will also go.

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    I can confirm that isopropyl alcohol does eventually remove the sticky rubber coating, but it takes a lot of effort and you need to keep at it.
    Persevere on a small section to start with to get an idea of how much elbow grease is required.
    Transporter -> ATC SCM100A

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveb View Post
    I can confirm that isopropyl alcohol does eventually remove the sticky rubber coating, but it takes a lot of effort and you need to keep at it.
    Persevere on a small section to start with to get an idea of how much elbow grease is required.
    HG Sticker remover is an "goo be Gone" equivalent - and removes the stickiness very easily no elbow grease - however it also removes the text (e.g. abc, def beside numbers, sleep) on the remote.
    Last edited by bpa; 2019-11-01 at 03:30.

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    Do the remotes get sticky over time or sticky from increased use? My Transporter remote isn't in the least bit sticky but I rarely use it.

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