AVET HANDLE RUBBER SLIMY WHEN WET

geebee

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My rubber grip feels slimy when it's wet.

When the rubber's dry, it feels tacky and rubs off.

Is there anything I can do to restore it to a natural feel short of replacing the handle on my MXJ?

I know there are third-party knob replacements, but am more interested in replacing the entire handle with an Avet part if it can't be restored.

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A quick dunk in tuna blood works for me.
 

geebee

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Rough it up with sand paper and it will be fine.
Is this something you actually did on an Avet knob with similar issues or were you guessing at a fix by chance?

I used 400 grit emery paper on a dry knob and it stirred up more layers of slim, I don't think sanding is the solution. It's like when you get bubblegum on something smooth, if you keep rubbing it hard to push it into a ball to pick it off off except the slim on my Avet knob doesn't seem to bottom out to good material.

This rubber Avet handle knob turned nasty (cheap Chinese rubber or not)...
 

el Toro

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Some Avet handles suck and deteriorate, some don't. No idea why. I have plenty that are fine and feel like new, comfortable and functional. Then others where the rubber wore off and was very uncomfortable, especially on my yo-yo JX. So those now have aftermarket handles.
 
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I bought my first Avet a decade ago, and have both purchased and borrowed a bunch since. This is the first complaint about the handle rubber that I have ever heard of! I would take or send it to Avet and let them figure it out, because my experience with them is that they are very passionate about their product and want it to give the fisherman a terrific experience. See what they say about it.
 
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geebee

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Some Avet handles suck and deteriorate, some don't. No idea why...
Thanks, nice to know I'm not the only one.

Avet just told me this is a known problem with certain sunscreens getting on the rubber. He told me instantly as soon as I described the problem and added it took them a long time to figure out what was causing it.

$6 knob replacement, $10 shipping charge to San Diego (cough cough)...

THE TRICK TO REPLACING AVET HANDLE KNOBS:

He said the 1/4" nut under the knob's access panel (the one held on by 2 small screws) would be impossible to turn unless I ground a deep socket to fit inside the shaft. But he added the nut would not be tight - I should be able to turn it with needle nose pliers - and cautioned me not to tighten it back in place beyond a little snug (the lock washer will hold it in place).

Why is my rubber Avet reel handle is slimy when wet and sticky when dry? Here is the solution how to fix it. What causes some Avet rubber handles to go bad?
 
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