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Diogenes



Joined: 15 Jul 2017
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Location: Southern England

PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:45 am    Post subject: Tacky Labophot2 hand rest Reply with quote

The "leather effect"on the handrest on these microscopes can break down into a tacky mess over time. The base plastic moulding is actually coated with a softer material, and it's this stuff which causes the problem.
Take a tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), mix to a paste with a little water and apply vigorously on a cloth.
Keep rubbing until all the darker layer is removed.
Rinse well, dry thoroughly, and polish up with T-cut.
See pic.

Diogenes

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carlh6902



Joined: 24 Feb 2014
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Location: Olathe, KS

PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. It is that "tacky" base that made me stay away from those when I was first in the market for a scope.

But that is an improvement.

Carl
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Sumguy01



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Location: Ketchikan Alaska USA

PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that info.
I was able to clean up two of my Optiphots with isopropyl ? alcohol and elbow grease.
They turned out very nice.
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Paul92706



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wiped my down with little paint thinner, and re-painted it with a dull brown, looks great!
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