How to Prevent Plastic from Sticking During Experiments

Your tips against sticky plastics in the test

Have you ever experienced the frustration of using a device with a sticky plastic surface? The soft-touch coating on plastic surfaces can become sticky over time, making it unpleasant to touch. In a recent video, editor Johannes Börnsen demonstrated how he cleaned a sticky plastic surface with an orange oil cleanser, and received numerous tips on various methods to remove the unnecessary coating.

Börnsen put several suggested methods to the test on sticky objects in the editorial office. He tried baby powder, universal oil, isopropanol, dirt eraser, oven cleaner, and a silicone joint remover. Baby powder did not remove the sticky layer, but rather covered it. Isopropanol appeared to be the most effective and did not damage the plastic surface like acetone did. Dirt eraser was useful for the shaver, but needed a lot of water which was not suitable for electrical devices. Universal oil worked well for the camcorder but left the sticky film on the razor. Oven cleaner was effective but discolored the plastic surface.

It is important to note that the effectiveness of these methods depends on the type of plastic used and one must be cautious when using chemicals such as acetone. Overall, isopropanol seems to be the winning method for removing sticky plastic surfaces.

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