Bad smelling Rubber strap from storage

  1. peterstaus

    peterstaus Oct 27, 2016

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    Hello guys
    Have any of you experienced a bad smelling rubber strap? Watch has not been worn for about a year! Was kept in original box.
    I have tried soaking it in both soapwater and alcohol for about 12 hours, without result. Any ideas?
     
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  2. imagwai

    imagwai Oct 27, 2016

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    When you say "bad", what does it smell like? My rubber straps (non-Tag) smell of vanilla and are so delicious I have to smell them for several seconds when putting them on. Maybe you just don't like vanilla? Or perhaps it's really bad! :)
     
  3. Big Adam

    Big Adam Oct 27, 2016

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    There's an image I can't get out of my head!
    What colour IS a vanilla-scented watch strap by the way?
    Regarding the stinky strap, if washing isn't doing it for you, maybe try masking it? A little scented lip balm on the inside face? Perhaps not vanilla though? ;)
     
  4. imagwai

    imagwai Oct 27, 2016

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    Just the normal black. Bonetto Cinturini.
     
  5. peterstaus

    peterstaus Oct 27, 2016

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    Cant explain the smell other than very bad and chemical like:unsure:.
    The kind that gives you a headache, it actually does!
    And after wearing a shirt for a couple of hours, the shirt smells the same, where the watch was :confused:
    Now its soaking in another soap mix.
     
  6. OttoWilliam

    OttoWilliam Oct 27, 2016

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    Well some rubber can smell really bad. i remember putting rubber carpet for my car. then everytime i entered the car i was like what is that smell ? took me full one day to realize it was the rubber carpet. luckly my rubber strap taggy didnt smell.
     
  7. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Oct 27, 2016

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    Oh dear, I have that strap on right now - no smell. Is it definitely an original TAG strap? Sounds like something you might get from an eBay special?
     
  8. automobilia42

    automobilia42 Oct 27, 2016

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    I have had it once with a rubber strap that smelled like mold. It was a vintage rubber strap actually. What I did is I put it away in anti-bacterial mouth-water (like Odol, Listerine) for 24 hours.
    Then it smelled like peppermint, which I liked better :D
    Those Bonetto straps are really something, I have a 285 on a watch, smells absolutely like vanilla, nice quality too!
     
  9. peterstaus

    peterstaus Oct 27, 2016

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    I have no idea if its a fake, it was on the watch when I bought it used. It looks original, but cant tell. :thumbsdown:

    If my last soapmix does not work, I think i´ll try the peppermint flavour :thumbsup:
    Thanks again for all your input :thumbsup: