I'm wondering if anyone else has run into this.

I have a Legacy command base and controller that I bought a few months after they were initially released-2008 maybe? In any case, I hadn't used it in a few years(I know-my trains have been a bit neglected) and was disappointed to find that the gray grips on the sides had turned very "sticky" feeling. The best I can describe is that it feels a lot like 1990s Nikon cameras, which I know probably doesn't mean a lot to everyone.

Needless to say, I'm a bit disappointed considering that my 20 year old CAB-1 is still perfect and still works perfectly.

Has anyone encountered this, and if so how have you remedied it?

Ben TCA 09-63474

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Yes I have the same situation on one of my Cab2's.  The original one I bought way back in the beginning.  Its the rubber breaking down (I have had this happen on computer mice, keyboard pads, etc.  

Nothing you can really do and there are no separate pads you can buy to replace them.  I was going to try and coat them with something to seal them up, but haven't found anything yet.  Perhaps an automotive rubber restorer or something.

Sean

I did the same thing as Chuck, I just used Alcohol and removed the coating.  You will never fix the coating, the only "fix" is to remove it. You end up with a shiny plastic base, and your fingers don't stick to it. 

I had the same issue with heavily handled Verizon remote controls, I applied the same fix.

romiller49 posted:

It goes away after time. 

Unless I don't understand, isn't that sort of like saying the sticky side of duct tape will wear off if you touch it with your fingers enough?   (I know, it's far less sticky than duct tape, but what other influence makes the stickiness go away?)

This problem actually developed over time, right?  None of the original remotes were sticky right out of the box.

-Dave

The problem is the coating just gets sticky, the only way it'll "go away" is when all the sticky is on your hands and none on the remote!  I lived with it for about a year and finally decided to try to clean it off,  On future remotes, I just immediately cleaned it off.

Dave45681 posted:
romiller49 posted:

It goes away after time. 

Unless I don't understand, isn't that sort of like saying the sticky side of duct tape will wear off if you touch it with your fingers enough?   (I know, it's far less sticky than duct tape, but what other influence makes the stickiness go away?)

This problem actually developed over time, right?  None of the original remotes were sticky right out of the box.

-Dave

I don’t have an answer. I responded simply because it does go away after time. No big deal. 

Rod Miller

Rod, I lived with it for a couple of years, and it was showing no signs of getting better.  Also, the remote was starting too look like it was dropped in the dirt and rolled around.  Once I took the sticky coating off, magically the dirty look was gone too!   When I got a new remote, I just immediately cleaned off the coating, no sense in waiting for it to go the same route.

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