I have just done several parts with Plastidip. The results are pretty good. It is easy to use and I like the finish too. The parts all had 3 coats. I used just under 2 cans. The center console cleaned up easy enough with meths but took a while. The handbrake cover took forever. I ended up scraping some of the gunk off with a Stanley blade then sanding the whole thing down with 120 grit paper. To finish I used 400 grit wet and dry before giving it a good clean. I did hear the plastidip cans for 30 mins before using as I read that this helps with spraying.
I recently stripped the gunk off a second-hand handbrake console I got hold of. I saw a post on here mentioning using oven cleaner to remove the gunk... it just ripped it straight off in seconds. No fuss at all. I've used meths before and it's rubbish in comparison.
Has it ever been established what the cause of the stickyness is? I assumed it was a build up of residue but is it some sort of chemical reaction? If so what effect does oven cleaner/meths etc have?
It has to be a reaction of some kind. Whether it's sunlight, heat cycles, sweat in skin or all of these and more I couldn't say. It definitely isn't a build up on top of the surface as there's no way to clean it.
The effect of oven cleaner however is to completely strip it all off. Both the gunk and the actual rubbery finish itself, until it's back to bare plastic.
Looks good FF, thanks for that. I was going to use acetone as I have lots of it but I know it can make plastic brittle. Oven cleaner or rather BBQ cleaner as I've got lots of that it is then. Job for the winter for me.