I have a digital Rebel. The grips on either side of the main body have gotten very sticky and a black almost tar like substance comes off on my hands when I hold it. I cannot find a way to replace it. Any suggestions on how to coat or cover it so it doesn’t come off on my hands, clothes, etc? Anyone else have this problem? Thanks!
I have had that phenomenon occur to me with a camera and some tools. Basically it is a kind of degeneration of the plastic. To clean it up, this is what worked for me: get Isopropyl alcohol (not methylated spirits, or anything else that will leave a reside) and, applying the alcohol to a rag (not directly onto the camera) apply some serious elbow grease and it should removed the degraded layer. You will have to be patient and persistent.
I've had the same experience as Trevor, but with just an old camera. I was able to gently clean it off with 70% isopropyl alcohol. However, once rubber has started to degrade, you really can't stop it, so this is just a temporary solution. Your camera is very old, so it's no surprise that the grips are degrading, whether naturally or maybe something it's been exposed to. I read an article that explained that products like sunscreen, insect repellent, or even some perfumes, can cause rubber to degrade. Mine was never exposed to these products, but it was very old.