One thread that’s had a surprisingly long run here on the SWLing Post deals with sticky radios.
A number of portable radios manufactured in the past decade were coated in a rubberized, tactile material that was quite functional when the products were new. With time, however, the coating breaks down and becomes incredibly sticky to the touch. We’ve published a number of articles about how to clean sticky radios–click here to read our archived posts.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Lee Reynolds, who writes with his suggestion:
Gunk on radios – I was the lucky winner of an E1 at one of the ‘fests.
Of course, the coating went bad and it would up looking like the flypaper/Wino of radios.
I made a desultory attempt at cleaning it (using that Purple Power stuff) but it was a nasty, dirty job that I didn’t complete. A disheartening mess.
Fast forward three or four years after that. I had some time on my hands, I took another look at the radio.
I found that the gunk continues to mutate – it had actually lost most of its ability to adhere to the radio’s casing. Now it would rub off with a paper towel and nothing else.
A couple of rolls of paper towels and some Pledge left it something you no longer needed to put gloves on in order to feel comfortable touching.
So – another fix for the gunk – time and patience. No cleaners needed.
Thanks for sharing, Lee. Worth noting: if you gave up on your sticky radio some time ago, perhaps you should pull it back out of storage and see if the coating has deteriorated to the point it might simply rub off? Time might have made the job much easier.
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