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Sticky Rubber Body

RK1 Avatar
RK1 3
1 Jun 2020 12:23PM
I purchased my HS50EXR in 2014 and am extremely pleased with the results I get.
Now the rubber surfaces on the body have become rather tacky to the touch.
Has anyone else experienced this and are there any suggestions to remedy this?
Many thanks.
KevinEllison Avatar
1 Jun 2020 12:46PM
Well it seems you're no alone..I saw this on another review site from a user:

"I've owned this camera since October 2013, and I still use it, I love it to death, nearly. It's grips are all worn out, and the one big fault I would say this camera has is the rubberized coating, which degrades over time, my camera got so sticky it picked up lint everywhere and just felt gooey. The mode dial was so gummed up it would get stuck in a spin and the camera was unusable. I used iso-alcohol and a lot of scrubbing and now it works fine, though I may need a toothbrush with some more iso alcohol around that dial again".

This is not uncommon, though usually on cameras much older...I would have tried IsoPropyl Alcohol (available bottled from A mazon) but maybe once rubber has started to perish/soften it'll reoccur, even after you've cleaned the top layer.

Other folk on here may have suggestions - I've not met it myself so never had to try combating it...

SlowSong Avatar
SlowSong Plus
15 11.1k 30 England
1 Jun 2020 12:52PM
I had this problem with my old Canon SLR and it was quite well documented. I don't think there's a permanent resolution.
JackAllTog Avatar
JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2020 2:09PM
I'd agree with Chris, i could not find a solution, buying a 'skin' to go over it was the only solution i could find that might solve it. Mine was with the canon 60D.
pablophotographer Avatar
pablophotographer 12 2.2k 450
2 Jun 2020 2:22PM
Contact Fujifilm aftersales?
someone Avatar
someone 9 15 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2020 3:11PM
I've seen some people use "Sugru" to re-cover the grip (after removing the offending grip)
peterjones Avatar
peterjones 21 5.2k 1 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2020 3:44PM
It is a very common problem; I had to discard a pair of binoculars once with the same issue; I wonder that over time the acid within perspiration reacts with and has a detrimental effect on the rubber; although too late for affected gear it may be advisable to wipe your gear down with a slightly damp cloth carefully to clean off any perspiration.
chalkhillblue Avatar
2 Jun 2020 4:15PM
I had the same problem with a Wacom tablet pen, I used 99.9% pure Isopropyl Alcohol and a soft cloth, it took a bit of
time but certainly helped a lot.
Stevetheroofer Avatar
2 Jun 2020 10:03PM
Alcohol seems to be the answer.
seahawk Avatar
seahawk 16 1.4k United Kingdom
3 Jun 2020 11:41AM
I find that alcohol is usually the answer to most things!Grin
SlowSong Avatar
SlowSong Plus
15 11.1k 30 England
3 Jun 2020 12:37PM

Quote:I find that alcohol is usually the answer to most things!Grin

Yes, I remember getting through half a bottle of gin but it didn't make the slightest bit of difference.


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