Black natural rubber (caoutchouc) strap care anyone ?!

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    Black natural rubber (caoutchouc) strap care anyone ?!

    Hi, do you know how to I "moisturise" my black natural rubber (caoutchouc) strap so that it won't crack with time and usage?
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    Re: Black natural rubber (caoutchouc) strap care anyone ?!

    I would also like to know the answer to this question.

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    Me too.


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    Re: Black natural rubber (caoutchouc) strap care anyone ?!

    Try this stuff. Not only is it the best preservative for both natural and synthetic rubbers but it will, to a large extent, heal pre-existing aging damage. After trying many brands of preservative in the past (and researching the hell out of it), this is the only product I bother to use now. Definitely steer clear of Armor-All and similar treatments that contain silicones, as they will dry out the rubber over time.
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    Re: Black natural rubber (caoutchouc) strap care anyone ?!

    Thanks for the tip Brent! :)

    I've checked the suggested link and read that the one of the advertised "Features and benefits" of John Deere Ultra Guard Tire and Rubber Protection is that it "contains no silicones that inhibit the natural elasticity of rubber". This makes total sense as some other care care products contain silicone that shines fast but acts as a sort of "tanning oil" for car plastics, allowing them to dry out and crack under the UV sun light.
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    Re: Black natural rubber (caoutchouc) strap care anyone ?!

    Interestingly enough, I've also read somewhere else that the best thing would be a special solution found in dive/surf shops used to extend the life of latex seals on wetsuits and other apparel. I'm guessing that it would also make sense, as latex is that same stuff natural rubber is based on.
    Unfortunately I still had no chance to go looking for that.

    Of course we should start by cleaning the strap, including the grooves on the inside (some even have a tire-like thread – Choppard, Porsche Design, TAG Heuer) with a very light soap solution and a well used soft toothbrush. After that we should apply the product – whatever that is!
    As for me, I'll try to look for the dive/surf stuff, as it sounds a bit more "sensitive", but the principle seems to be the same.

    Any other input is appreciated. Thank you all.
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