Melted computer feet

Tom Hunter ccth6600 at
Wed May 19 23:42:46 CDT 2021

I usually try the following commonly available chemicals listed in
increasing strength:

1) warm water with detergent on a microfibre cloth and some elbow grease
2) alcohol
3) lighter fluid or white spirit
4) acetone (apply carefully and quickly)

Acetone is really the last resort because it will readily dissolve many
plastics. The key here is to put a small amount on lint-free cloth and
quickly wipe over the affected area and immediately discard the cloth as it
will otherwise stick to the partially dissolved plastic.


On Thu, May 20, 2021 at 8:50 AM Zane Healy via cctalk <cctalk at>

> Is there any recommended method for cleaning up melted “rubber” feet on a
> plastic case?
> I’m trying to determine if I can revive the VAXstation 4000/90 I received
> from a list member, back around 1998 (it’s never worked).  When I pulled it
> out, I discovered that its feet have melted, and I’m assuming probably made
> a mess on the disk enclosure for my VAXstation 3100 that it was on top of.
> Zane

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