I've been using Krown
Leather and Vinyl protectant on my car for years now and seems OK, doesn't seem to harm anything and was highly recommended by Krown rustproofing shop I've dealt with for many years. I heard a few years back (as you have) that Armor-All protectant isn't all it's 'cracked up to be' and like WD-40 it's not recommended for much anymore. I learned years ago about WD about what it does best. Lubed my former wooden garage door rollers with it and whatdayaknow the bolts all released and came crashing down onto my car at once. Realized I was lucky that any 'bots I'd sprayed this stuff into didn't blow the innards apart, releasing all the cog connections from one another.
The Dawn dish soap I suppose would moisten the rubber and help keep it flexible over time, maybe the kids' hands on the snout of Butterscotch likely caused sped up the damage. As for *Altaira, she took extreme care of the horse she has, still like new. I have invisioned the snouts on these all disappearing like the Cragstan Creeping Hand toy but likely it's the original pure real rubber that has disappeared over time on the older toys, maybe the synthetics won't have the same fate? Creepy toy really, it'll actually appear to watch TV and react to what it sees. We've always kept his head covered from room lighting.
Hey most folks think of toys as toys...we're very much different here at Alphadrome.
Thanks for your detailed thoughts on this AtomicRobot, much appreciated. I'd never thought of hand oil as a culprit on something like this, we learn here every day. As a life-time model car builder I've seen styrene wheels react with rubber tires a bit over time.
Oh, and I passed on your hello to *Altaira! Thanks!
And yes, she's also a member of Alphadrome.
Edited by Morbius, 22 July 2012 - 11:05 PM.