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Sticky Helmet

 Poster: A snowHead
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This is a weird one...

I fished my helmet out of the garage, where it had been hanging since I last used it. The shell is now, for want of a better word, sticky. It's so sticky that if I put my goggles on it, a tiny bit of the foam is left on the helmet. If I press with my thumb, it leaves a visible thumbprint on the surface.

I have tried wiping it with water, soapy water and an anti-grease kitchen wipe - all to no avail.

The question is - do you think it's still safe to use or is this stickiness something to do with the structural integrity failing?
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
bin it, the plastics have degraded
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
It must have something to do with "stanton" for they are the sticky helmet of euro-skiing Very Happy Toofy Grin
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Genuinely one of these thread titles one opens with a curiosity not quite tempered by trepidation.
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@DaddyLouLou, same thing happened to mine last year. I think it's just the lacquer on the surface, but it is pretty messy and you definitely can't clean it up so I binned mine. Good excuse for a new piece of kit!
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@robboj, Laughing
But seriously, did you wipe it with something like a "wet wipe" before putting it away?
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So-called "soft touch" surfaces on plastics are renowned for this. We hire out microphones and some of the cheaper ones do this after a couple of years, and unfortunately there's nothing to be done about it.
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Petrol is an effective solvent to wipe the sticky surface away.

However, petrol is a very aggressive solvent and is extremely likely to cause substantial degradation to the integrity of the helmet.

This is useful if it’s e.g. ski pole handles, or other “cosmetic” non safety/non structural plastics.

But seriously, don’t do it to a ski helmet.
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@DaddyLouLou, I had one go the same way. It had a sort of rubberised matt coating which was very hard wearing but ultimately went weird.
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BoardieK wrote:
But seriously, did you wipe it with something like a "wet wipe" before putting it away?


Nope - just wiped it with a dry cloth and hung it up.
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So, non-petrol solvent or start looking for a new helmet.

Cheers everyone.
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Any solvent that can remove the sticky layer is likely to be an organic solvent that could also degrade the plastic. I'd buy a new helmet.
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New helmet, or a bobble hat. This will be as effective as your sticky helmet in all probability.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
robboj wrote:
Genuinely one of these thread titles one opens with a curiosity not quite tempered by trepidation.
Laughing
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
DaddyLouLou wrote:
So, non-petrol solvent or start looking for a new helmet.

Cheers everyone.


or a helmet cover?
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 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Hurtle wrote:
robboj wrote:
Genuinely one of these thread titles one opens with a curiosity not quite tempered by trepidation.
Laughing


Could have been worse, could have been soggy or spongy helmet.... https://antiordinary.co/ (what did you expect?)
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