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Remove sunscreen from camera? Answered

Well, while on a camping trip last week, I accidentally happened to close my bag on a bottle of spray sunscreen that happened to be unlocked, which then happened to spray onto, and into, my panasonic FZ-100 camera. After attempting to clean, and a bit of time in rice, everything worked perfectly, albeit a bit sticky, until I had used it for about an hour. I believe one of the buttons/zoom levers has developed a short, keeping the camera pretty much locked up. Is there a way I can remove the sunscreen completely from the damaged parts? I got home and have taken the back casing off, and have access to all controls.  


You want something thats safe enough to clean a camera lens, but strong enough to remove the greasiness. There's a few products out there, one that's really good is called ROR (Residual Oil Remover). You can use it on cameras, cellphones, computer screens and flat screen TV's.

In my opinion, you'd be better off trying to remove as much as you can of the sunscreen with a soft cloth, and then use the spray to remove what's left (so you don't have to use a ton of the spray cleaner).

Oddly enough, the camera worked soon after I posted this. I had given the assembly in question (main mode dials, shutter button, etc), a bath in 91% isopropyl alcohol, and waited for it to dry... Nothing... tried it the next day and it all worked great... oddest thing...

Going to select canucksgirl as best answer though, for a nice product link and helpful insight.. all great answers though!!!

Thanks for the best answer credit. Your situation reminds me of the question I posted with a vacuum sealer that stopped working. After opening it up to take photos (by request of another member), the darn thing just started working again...

Go figure.

Check out some of the products from this link:
They say that some of their cleaners are
safe for plastics.


5 years ago

Put 4 or 5 drops of liquid dish washing detergent in 1/4 cup of isopropyl rubbing alcohol and mix. Lightly moisten a soft cotton cloth with the mix and wipe the sunscreen from the camera with it.


5 years ago

Is it a water soluble spray? If so you could use damp Qtips and wipe as much as you can get to.

Some of those sprays have solvents that eat plastic. I know some of the Off sprays used to leave spray marks on things.

I doubt it is water solvable (its waterproof and pretty darn greasy). So far, I cant tell if the spray ate anything, except for a bit of paint off the dials. I tried throwing some parts in some 91% isopropyl alcohol and shaking it around, didnt do anything though...