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[OM] Sticky rubber knobs, chest harness recommendation?

Subject: [OM] Sticky rubber knobs, chest harness recommendation?
From: Peter Klein <boulanger.croissant@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2024 20:08:05 -0700
Two questions for our collective expert mind.

1. My tripod ball head's adjustment knobs have developed "sticky rubber syndrome." So has the focusing ring on one of my lenses.  The ball head is particularly nasty. It leaves a sticky/oily residue on my fingers, which can then get on other things. Does anyone know a remedy for this?

2. Can anyone recommend a chest harness or other type of camera strap that spares my neck muscles when I'm out and about using a heavier lens?  I've read so many ads and reviews that I'm cross-eyed, but haven't yet seen "the one." Looking for the minimum amount of hardware to do the job comfortably.

Details re. the tripod:
I tried a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol (70% isopropanol). This appears to partially work, but only after several applications and considerable rubbing. Internet articles are contradictory regarding alcohol, Windex with ammonia, grease-cutting dish detergent, or a "Formula 409-type general purpose cleaner--some say use this or that, some say don't.

The tripod is a Dolica Proline GX 650B204. I got it using brownie points my former employer gave me for exemplary tech support. Those points were only redeemable at some general consumer Web site that sold off last year's goods. So the tripod was probably cheap and cheerful, but it's worked well for 12-odd years. The manufacturer's Web site now looks like that of a "company" that is selling off everything. I sent them a message, who knows if there will be a useful response. The tripod's ball head is "sold out."

if all else fails, I suppose I could just wrap the knobs with gaffer tape, or something similar but more permanent.

Thanks in advance!
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