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Oxidized E-Brake boot. Treatment options?

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I have seen a few forum discussions on how to treat oxidized rubber trim and seals.

 

But I have a pretty oxidized and dried out rubber E brake boot. Not cracked yet....

 

It seems to me that it may be pretty porous and its surface is pretty rough. I would like to try to clean and treat this without destroying it.

 

There are a bunch of different products, but they seemed to geared for dealing with smooth vinyl and rubber trim (tires included)  I am also not sure to use a rubber cleaner designed to prep a tire for treatment as it may be too harsh. 

 

 I would like to clean it, keep it soft without putting a glossy black surface on it that will crack.

 

Has anyone tried to do this? I guess if I screw it up I can buy a leather cover, but I would like to save $65 to cover my mistake.  

 

Thank you. 

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i'd ask for a replacement in the parts wanted forum...esaier, less work and maybe cheaper that treating the old one....i'm unaware of any product that restores old, cracked rubber

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i'd ask for a replacement in the parts wanted forum...esaier, less work and maybe cheaper that treating the old one....i'm unaware of any product that restores old, cracked rubber

 

I guess if there was a great product, I would use it on my face.....

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I guess if there was a great product, I would use it on my face.....

 

Vinyl is different than leather!  Zymol makes some good vinyl cleaner & conditioner products, as does Griot's Garage.

 

Looking at realoem, this appears to be the part # for the boot:

Part Number 34411101501
Part Name PROTECTIVE CAP
MSRP $27.63
Online Price from getbmwparts.com $22.10

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Or you might try this:  http://www.amazon.com/einszett-914806-Gummi-Pflege-Rubber/dp/B004B8GTQG

 

Or this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-LEATHER-E-BRAKE-BOOT-FITS-OVER-RUBBER-FITS-BMW-2002-1602-TI-TII-/390966185461?hash=item5b07668df5:g:GQgAAOSwLa9UWlUN&vxp=mtr

 

I always found the rubber ebrake boot to be fugly.

 

Cheers,

 

ps there's a new rubber one on ebay for $40 I think...

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Redline MTL rub it on brush it on rub it off. Soak as long as possible but don't tell anybody they will think you're crazy

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Try some glycerine

If you were to add nitric acid, you got nitroglycerin. If you were to add sodium nitrate and a dash of sawdust, you got dynamite. 

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Geez! I have like 3 or 4 of those in my parts stash. Anyone need one? $10 ea, including shipping. They're not doing me any good. :)

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