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So how long does it really take for the rubber to "stiffen" like this? It can be within weeks or many years if not decades. It all depends on the plastic mixture (it rarely is real rubber) and how it's stored. Usually longer if tight sealed. I had never heard of this being a thing before I experienced it myself. Most plastics are rigid by nature....


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Many soft-touch rubberized plastics break down quickly with age (especially parts that come into contact with skin oils) and become gooey or sticky. Unfortunately there's not much you can do to reverse the process. The rubber "mouse" nipple is usually just a friction fit piece that can be wiggled loose, but try to find the service manual for your laptop to ...


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I'm not sure how efficient or safe this is in your case, so if you have a better method, go with it - but I found a good way to "neutralize" any permanently sticky surfaces is application of some kind of insoluble fine inorganic dust, e.g. chalk, fine sand, talc etc. It just binds with whatever "glue" you deal with, forming either easy to remove crud, or ...


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