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Sticky Hazard Buttons & Radio Knobs RESOLVED!

 
Old 02-07-2016, 05:11 PM
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Sticky Hazard Buttons & Radio Knobs RESOLVED!

I know this topic has been posted several times over the years, but I thought I would bring it up again, since I believe that EVERY R230 owner either has or will have this problem.

My 2004 SL500 had the sticky Lock/Unlock/Hazard button and radio knob problem. I had read all of the previous posts and decided to go with the rubbing alcohol remedy.

I masked off the area around the areas in question with blue low tack painter's tape. Then, using a micro fibre towel, lightly wetted with the alcohol, I started lightly rubbing the sticky areas.

I am happy to report that all the stickiness is gone, all my logos are intact and that this remedy is the way to go. No wax or polish to clean off, once the tape was removed, my buttons & knobs look factory fresh. I was very hesitant to try this, but now I can't believe I waited this long to do it!
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I sprayed mine with contact cleaner with a rag to control the overspray. That worked as well and the spray help get in deeper with the cleaning
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I used plain old isopropyl alcohol ... the non-rubbing stuff ... to clean my dash buttons. Rubbing alcohol contains lanolin and leaves a film where you've used it.
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Originally Posted by Heatwave View Post
I used plain old isopropyl alcohol ... the non-rubbing stuff ... to clean my dash buttons. Rubbing alcohol contains lanolin and leaves a film where you've used it.
You're right and I stand corrected. I used Isopropyl as well, NOT "rubbing" alcohol as previously noted.
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