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post #1 of 10 Old Feb 27th, 2014, 12:45 pm Thread Starter
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Sticky Rubber on Senas

The rubber composite around my Sena units have become very sticky and tacky. Has anyone else had this happen or know if Sena is aware of it?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Sticky Rubber on Senas

I have had my Smh10s for two plus years and don't have any sticky rubber, are you talking about the mounting bracket?

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The rubber composite around my Sena units have become very sticky and tacky. Has anyone else had this happen or know if Sena is aware of it?

Thanks in advance.

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The rubber composite around my Sena units have become very sticky and tacky. Has anyone else had this happen or know if Sena is aware of it?

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Re: Sticky Rubber on Senas

Mine has become sticky, too. My Sena is about 2 1/2 years old. I've had it happen with other devices that have the rubber armor finish. It's a pretty common occurrence with this stuff. Drives birders/binocular users bat shit crazy.

It's sort of a 'Meh, it happens" thing to me. It can often be removed with isopropyl alcohol, exposing the hard plastic underneath.

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That was my first impression...Some chemicals are detrimental to rubber and can cause it to break down and become sticky! The steering wheel on my Jeep Wrangler X is doing the same thing and I feel confident that it was caused by some sort of cleaning agent I used!

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...Some chemicals are detrimental to rubber and can cause it to break down and become sticky!...
So does UV and heat.

You know, like inside your Jeep....

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So does UV and heat.

You know, like inside your Jeep....
I agree, UV especially....but in this case, the jeep stays under a carport and doesn't get driven much at all. It's a standard tranny and my wife doesn't drive a standard...so, I really think it was some sort of cleaner that I used.

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Re: Sticky Rubber on Senas

I have had my SMH10s for almost 3 years now, rode in blasting heat, pouring rain and even snow, but the Sena still looks like it did when new.
Note: I don't clean the exterior of our helmets any more than I wash my bike...

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I use plexus on the shield and the helmet.

I spoke with a rep from Sena and they are going to replace both units under warranty. They were a pleasure to deal with.

I bought 2 - gave one to my buddy I ride with and mounted one on my helmet - both rubber pieces around the unit became sticky. Not sure what he uses to clean his helmet with.

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