[concours] Dry Rubber

Would someone please tell me what they use to soften rubber trim. Mine are
dry and getting brittle.

Michael Parker
@Michael_Parker

Armor All> -----Original Message-----

From: Michael Parker [mailto:michaelp@shaw.wave.ca]
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 1998 6:42 AM
To: concours@jag-lovers.org; xj@jag-lovers.org
Subject: [concours] Dry Rubber

Would someone please tell me what they use to soften rubber
trim. Mine are
dry and getting brittle.

Michael Parker
michaelp@shaw.wave.ca

Michael: the best thing I have found is a silicone emulsion. You used to be abl
e
to get it at Canadian Tire, and still may, but I have found the GM brand at
a Chev dealer, in a small bottle. It works. Old fashioned technology.

                                          Gregory Andrachuk
                                          Victoria, Canada
                                          82 xj6 (5X "first in class")
                                          84 Sovereign ("third in class")

I’ve used silicon brake fluid with some success and (name unknown) Black Chrome
with probably similar success.

I’ve also tried soaking the rubber in Gunk HydroSeal (I haven’t a clue where THAT
name comes from), which is designed for cleaning carbs, etc. It is NOT recommended
and if you leave the rubber parts in there too long, they turn into HydroSeal and
disappear. However, the rubber does absorb the stuff and if used cautiously seems
to help renew it, albeit sometimes temporarily.

If the rubber is that dry you need one of these treatments, the best suggestion is
probably to replace it.

SK

MGB@UVVM.UVIC.CA wrote:> Michael: the best thing I have found is a silicone emulsion. You used to be abl

e
to get it at Canadian Tire, and still may, but I have found the GM brand at
a Chev dealer, in a small bottle. It works. Old fashioned technology.

                                          Gregory Andrachuk
                                          Victoria, Canada
                                          82 xj6 (5X "first in class")
                                          84 Sovereign ("third in class")

ArmourAll? Be interested to find if there is anything more specialised,
though.

Craig Sawyers> -----Original Message-----

From: owner-xj@jag-lovers.org
[mailto:owner-xj@jag-lovers.org]On Behalf
Of Michael Parker
Sent: 30 September 1998 14:42
To: concours@jag-lovers.org; xj@jag-lovers.org
Subject: [xj] Dry Rubber

Would someone please tell me what they use to soften rubber
trim. Mine are
dry and getting brittle.

Michael Parker
michaelp@shaw.wave.ca

We have used simple CRC Silicone spray applied with a sponge to soften rubber.
Worked well on our 25 yrs’ old rubber details, completely mistreated by the
DPO - and also on my boots!

Anders B.________________________________________________________________
Dr. Anders Backlund

e-mail:@Anders_Backlund
URL: http://www.systbot.uu.se/staff/a_backlund/a_backlund.html


Armor All is really awful stuff. It penetrates the rubber and then
evaporates out quickly. This tends to cause the rubber to fail sooner
than later. In my gas station days, working in the bays doing tune-ups
and lube jobs, we used a rubber lubricant/conditioner specifically
designed for rubber and synthetic rubber parts. It was a yellowish
opaque liquid, worked wonders, and stayed in/on the material. We bought
our supplies from an industrial chemical wholesaler. Because it worked
so well, no doubt it has been outlawed in California.

Dennis>-----Original Message-----

From: Craig Sawyers [SMTP:craig@sawyers.demon.co.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 1998 7:20 AM
To: ‘Michael Parker’; concours@jag-lovers.org; xj@jag-lovers.org
Subject: RE: [xj] Dry Rubber

ArmourAll? Be interested to find if there is anything more specialised,
though.

Craig Sawyers

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-xj@jag-lovers.org
[mailto:owner-xj@jag-lovers.org]On Behalf
Of Michael Parker
Sent: 30 September 1998 14:42
To: concours@jag-lovers.org; xj@jag-lovers.org
Subject: [xj] Dry Rubber

Would someone please tell me what they use to soften rubber
trim. Mine are
dry and getting brittle.

Michael Parker
michaelp@shaw.wave.ca

At 04:45 PM 9/30/98 +0200, you wrote:

We have used simple CRC Silicone spray applied with a sponge to soften
rubber.
Worked well on our 25 yrs’ old rubber details, completely mistreated by the
DPO - and also on my boots!

For faded rubber, or rubber with wax too thoroughly in it to be cleaned,
the Eastwood Company sells a rubber dye that soaks into it and actually
turns it black again. Brake fluid can also be used VERY carefully to
refresh rubber.

For regular cleaning/making it shiny, I find that mother’s back to black is
a better product than armor all. It works on non-black rubber as well.

Justin G. Cordesman
Lux in tenebris lucet et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt.

Greetings.

In Austrlia, Armourall is often accused of causing cracks in vinyl etc if
used at all frequently. Does anyone have information on this?

Cheers,

Paul
At 03:19 PM 30/09/98 +0100, you wrote:>ArmourAll? Be interested to find if there is anything more specialised,

though.

Craig Sawyers

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-xj@jag-lovers.org
[mailto:owner-xj@jag-lovers.org]On Behalf
Of Michael Parker
Sent: 30 September 1998 14:42
To: concours@jag-lovers.org; xj@jag-lovers.org
Subject: [xj] Dry Rubber

Would someone please tell me what they use to soften rubber
trim. Mine are
dry and getting brittle.

Michael Parker
michaelp@shaw.wave.ca

ArmourAll? Be interested to find if there is anything more specialised,
though.

I’ve used tyre foam (actually, as it was an ArmourAll product, it’s
probably “tire” foam. Hmmn, why not ArmorAll; perhaps it is?)
on my bumpers (Series III rubber boots), and it looks OK; don’t know
if it actually does any good or harm though.

Paul Gover