Rubber on the lens


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Yappy

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You may have experience.

The rubber grip on the lens turns white.

Why and how to prevent it?
 

Legoz

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Proper cleaning after each use. =)
 

CS TAN

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If you do regular detailing on your car, you should have those spray that cleans the car interior (note: not those for the exterior which will have wax in it). Use it on the rubber grip and it will look as new afterwards. I use "Meguiar's Interial Detailer" on the rubber parts of my camera bodies and lenses. It works great.
 

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Use wet tissue is the best. will look like new after wiping.
 

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I use Amorall - from some petrol kiosk or some DIY stores.

Use use a little and apply on the rubber - magical and effective and last a long time.

I dilute it 50% with water and apply on all the rubber and plastic parts. For my car as well, all the plastic, rubber and leather, both internal and external. After that, use it for cleaning and maintenance as well, every 3 to 6 months or so for car. For camera, I suppose once a year will do or as and when needed.
 

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It's a very common prob which i'm also experiencing. So what i do is to clean my equipment after every use. I also use a damp cloth to clean but to no avail.

I think those white stuffs are salt particles from sweat that has been dried up.
 

zac08

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Anyone tried Neutral kiwi? :)
 

CS TAN

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once the stains are on it how to get rid of it? will a damp cloth do the job?
It's a very common prob which i'm also experiencing. So what i do is to clean my equipment after every use. I also use a damp cloth to clean but to no avail.

I think those white stuffs are salt particles from sweat that has been dried up.
do you have sweaty palm? coz they are sweat that dry up. Use a damp cloth to wipe after use and let it wind dry then keep will do.
Use wet tissue is the best. will look like new after wiping.
Damp clothe will work for a day or two. But once the area dries up, the white stuff will show up again. As mentioned in my previous post, try to use car interior detailing spray such as "Meguiar's Interior Detailer" on the rubber parts of the camera bodies and lenses. It will stay like new for at least a couple of months.
 

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Once the rubber becomes whitish, cleaning won't do any good as it oxidation has gotten deep into the rubber. As mentioned by CS Tan, liquid leather wax will darken the rubber back again and prolong the lifespan. You will need another clean cloth to wipe the residue as it gets a bit oily feel.
Kiwi black cake wax will do ok for grip that the color has total whiten like fungus.

In fact, the early you wax the rubber after purchase, the whitening will delay as wax protects from rubber and grip from start.

User has to do consistent work to clean it with cleaning liquid spray like those blue liquid for cleaning computer and LCD after each use.
 

Yappy

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Great and thanks for all the inputs.

Hope it benefits the rest!
 

viix

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If you do regular detailing on your car, you should have those spray that cleans the car interior (note: not those for the exterior which will have wax in it). Use it on the rubber grip and it will look as new afterwards. I use "Meguiar's Interial Detailer" on the rubber parts of my camera bodies and lenses. It works great.
How do you actually apply it without creating a mess on other parts of the body and lens?
 

CS TAN

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Never spay it directly onto the lens/camera. Spray it onto a cloth once or twice (don't saturate the cloth) as very small amount will work well already. If you use too much of it, it will get the lens/camera wet and you will have to use another dry cloth to buff it off.
 

viix

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Anyone tried Neutral kiwi? :)
Kiwi black cake wax will do ok for grip that the color has total whiten like fungus.

In fact, the early you wax the rubber after purchase, the whitening will delay as wax protects from rubber and grip from start.
Kiwi may be a temporary fix.. I say this because in the army I kiwi almost every plastic rubber parts of my personal weapons and while they look new, they leave an uncomfortable sticky grippy feeling.. and overtime, seem to trap even more sweat residue :dunno: that resulted in more regular kiwi-ing.. my buddy who doesn't kiwi in fact didn't require that much maintainace.. those are new weapons btw..
 

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Dream Merchant

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If it's really bad, take it off and wash it. It's only a band surrounding a barrel.

The kiwi in the quick applicator works. Just have to give it a few days to dry sufficiently so it doesn't feel 'sticky' anymore. Buff it once and it actually feels 'slick' after that.
 

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