N90S Sticky Backside

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by andy_collins|1, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. I recently acquired a very nice N90S in "beautiful condition" (in ebay-speak) but the rear of it feels just the slightest bit tacky to the touch. Is there a way to clean it without compounding the problem? I've seen N90 bodies with sticky film door horror stories and I definitely don't want to experience that problem. What's the safest way to clean the camera without damaging the rubber coating? The same question can be applied to the F100 and N80 as well, I guess. Thanks for any advice you can give me.
     
  2. I have a N90s and had the sticky back problem. As far as I know, there is no safe way to clean the camera back, most procedures just seem to make the problem worse. If you use it a lot though, I've heard the rubber coating just wears off leaving the shiny plastic behind.
    I solved the problem by replacing the standard back with an MF-26 data back that has a different coating. It also made the camera easier to hold for me (I have big hands).
     
  3. Nikon was, for a while, offering a free replacement back. Dunno if they still are. Maybe if you call them and ask nicely they'll send you one.
     
  4. The data back sounds like a good idea. I also have large hands, so that might be the best solution.
     
  5. The problem will get worse as the rubber oxidizes. You can slow the process down by applying a product like Mother's Back to Black and the tackiness of the backside will be reduced.
     
  6. I retired my original N90S when the back started having issues. But I was able to buy 2 more in really good condition. One had the data back, and both had the larger battery pack. Neither appeared to have any significant wear, and the one without the data back was immaculate. Seller tossed in a serviceable 35-70 lens and some quick release plates, all for $110.
     
  7. I retired my original N90S when the back started having issues. But I was able to buy 2 more in really good condition. One had the data back, and both had the larger battery pack. Neither appeared to have any significant wear, and the one without the data back was immaculate. Seller tossed in a serviceable 35-70 lens and some quick release plates, all for $110.
     
  8. I litterally scraped the rubber off my N90s with my thumbnail. Once most of it was gone I used tape to remove the bits left over. Sticking the tape to the back, then peeling it off so the sticky rubber stuff stuck to the tape. Then I cleaned it off with a moist rag. Sticky is gone. I bought mine with the battery grip for $60 and it works great for shooting slide film.
     
  9. My best KEH deal to date was a fully functional N90s body in ugly condition with a sticky back for $1.79. (That's not a misprint. $1.79!)
    Denatured alcohol will remove the tacky stuff without harming the back. It will also remove those little icons for all of the shooting "modes" printed on the back. I never referenced them so I don't miss them. The alcohol leaves you with a smooth clean back. Not sure if I'm going to find something to recover it for protection and grip or not.
     
  10. I can't understand why Nikon can't come up with a new coating that doesn't have this problem.
    When I got rid of my N90s for an F6 the N90s was smooth plastic all over ( no more rubber)
    This is still a problem with new cameras today
     
  11. I can't understand why Nikon can't come up with a new coating that doesn't have this problem.
    When I got rid of my N90s for an F6 the N90s was smooth plastic all over ( no more rubber)
    This is still a problem with new cameras today
     
  12. This tends to be a common complaint with Nikon's rubber components. Prior to selling my D90, I had to replace the data port cover and the thumb grip. Worse still, the data access indicator LED cover is held in place by the thumb grip. So that microscopic piece of plastic is lost once your grip comes loose. I had a replacement fabricated at a machine shop. So, just like their attempts at video, this is an area Nikon needs to outsource to a company that has years of success behind them.
    Eiher that or they need to revert back to faux leather products. My Minolta X570 body has a plasticy pleather covering that looks like it was made yesterday.
     

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