HELP! My controller is sticky!

#1PitfallMarioPosted 7/1/2012 8:45:51 AM
After a couple of years of not playing, I decided to dust off my ps2. However, my wireless controller's lower part (that's made of rubber), is now very sticky. I really like this controller (great range and long lasting battery use). What can I do to remove the stickiness?
#2falconesquePosted 7/1/2012 10:02:19 AM
Visit the manufacturer's web site and go through everything there. That's your best bet. A web search for your controller's model number might turn up something too. Never know, some bithead out there with a similar fondness might have written up a how-to.

A thorough cleaning is the first order of business. Cotton swabs or toothpicks with cotton balls for the narrow spots. Maybe isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, but test first on an insignificant spot (the stuff can "melt" some plastics).

Otherwise, shop for a suitable replacement. Actual rubber (if that's indeed the case) is derived from plants and degrades over time. Once that happens, there's no fix for it.
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#3JoveHackPosted 7/1/2012 11:39:05 AM
falconesque's given a great assessment of the situation.

Try the cleaning. I'd be surprised if rubbing alcohol melted any plastic, but falcon's right about testing first on a small area just to check.

But, as falcon also said, it may be that the rubber underside is simply decomposing.

If that's the case, there are a couple of things you can still try. Like covering the sticky areas with tape or plastic. If you still want a little stickiness for grip, a thin piece of cloth could cover the worst while still giving a decent grip. Or using actual rubber electrician's tape should give it a fresh rubber feel.

Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

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#4PitfallMario(Topic Creator)Posted 7/1/2012 3:47:31 PM
Thanks guys for the advice. I tried using a brillo pad and scrubbed off the sticky rubber part. That pretty much worked without damaging the controller. Good as new!
#5falconesquePosted 7/3/2012 9:18:37 AM
Thanks for letting us know.

I tried using a brillo pad

Interesting fix, but now I think on it, many computer repair shops use those green Scotch-brand grill pads to clean up old mice. Removes years of sticky residue and buffs up surfaces worn smooth. Works well enough to resell 'em anyway.
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#6JoveHackPosted 7/3/2012 9:41:14 AM
falconesque posted...
Thanks for letting us know.


Ditto.

I tried using a brillo pad

Interesting fix, but now I think on it, many computer repair shops use those green Scotch-brand grill pads to clean up old mice. Removes years of sticky residue and buffs up surfaces worn smooth. Works well enough to resell 'em anyway.


I've used a file to clean up old mouse balls, getting back down to the sticky rubber. Makes a major change in performance if it's being used on a hard surface, or if it's just become unresponsive in general.

@PitfallMario, good job.

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#7UltimaMMPosted 7/12/2012 5:23:46 AM
That's what you get for playing too much Dead or Alive
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#8Breastmilkn_DipPosted 7/12/2012 7:15:49 AM
#6 | JoveHack | Posted 7/3/2012 5:41:14 PM
I've used a file to clean up old mouse balls

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#9Jack Talk ThaiPosted 7/12/2012 2:18:17 PM
This topic made me chuckle. I did NOT giggle, I chuckled.

Women giggle.
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