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Bought this fella off ebay last week. Looked much better in the pictures than it did in person put it that way. Very yellowed, loads of grot on the inside and in the console's buttons. The pad was also yellowed and the amount of filth in the sides and screw mounts was proper rank. I've always fancied a crack at 'retrobrite' so i stripped everything back, washed it and set about giving it a go.

 

Doesn't look too bad here - when it came i got the wet wipes on it straight away before i thought about documenting it (inspired by Mr Tony's Amiga thread). You an see the nice grot living in the power and open buttons mind...

 

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Always a nice surprise to see the colour it should be...

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The controller. This thing was proper rank. It's had a quick wipe but between the cracks it's manky as. The buttons barely press in.

 

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Typical ebay sellers 'good' condition. Makes you wonder how bad it has to be to actually be bad.

 

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First step - disassemble the controller and completely wash it. Soapy warm water and old toothbrush for getting that funk out of the sides, an absolute must.

 

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I popped open the vmu mount, so you can see the colour it's meant to be :

 

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Next take the DC apart. Pretty painless. Wash the top and bottom of the case.

 

Pre wash

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It bleaches it lighter, which brings it back to its original colour - or thereabouts.

 

Had this fun a couple of months ago with a Super Famicom that turned up BROWN (ah, bromide). It is now passable, but after three days in the sun I got bored of it. It's good enough, yeah?

 

Some worry about the console becoming 'brittle' because of the bleaching. Is this a thing anyone knows about? Is my SFC going to shatter if I jab the eject button slightly too hard?

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22 minutes ago, Ianos said:

Some worry about the console becoming 'brittle' because of the bleaching. Is this a thing anyone knows about? Is my SFC going to shatter if I jab the eject button slightly too hard?

 

I found this post on reddit (credit:kettchan)

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RetroBrite might weaken the plastic and make it more brittle, but I still do it. Let me explain why.

The process that leads the plastic to yellowing(UV exposure) causes the plastic to weaken and turn brittle anyway(You ever find a plastic bottle on the side of the highway?). The way I see it, if the plastic is turning brittle anyway, I want it to look as good as it can. The cleaning of the object being retrobrighted also gives you the opportunity to really clean the years of gunk out of the console.

 

 

Can't really argue with that. Though the Dreamcast shell is really good, thick plastic - I doubt any damage has been done.

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1 hour ago, Down by Law said:

 

I found this post on reddit (credit:kettchan)

 

Can't really argue with that. Though the Dreamcast shell is really good, thick plastic - I doubt any damage has been done.

 

Yeah, makes sense. Honestly the SFC cost me a tenner, I wouldn't have cared much if it had exploded when I looked at it. More curiosity than anything.

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1 hour ago, Ninja Doctor said:

A bit of a bump but I’m probably going to have a go at mine this Friday. It’s horrifically yellow. 

 

By some strange coincidence, I'm doing another one right now. It's so unbelievably yellow it's going to take another day (weather was poor today so waiting till tomorrow for the second go) but still a massive improvement, got to be quite liberal with the peroxide though when it's this yellow. This was so yellow even the edges of the inside of the tray had turned, so I had to wrap it with the lid up so the sun could get to those parts.

 

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End of first day :

 

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After 2 days . It's not perfect, theres some very light bits that wouldn't shift, but much better.

 

Here's one I did last year - if it's only moderately yellowed the results can be fantastic :

 

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Man, this Xperia XA2 camera really is terrrible. Don't buy a Sony phone if you want a decent camera.

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I bought a couple of 4L bottles of 12% liquid peroxide and am having much better results with submerging things in that than with the cream on larger things - only downsides I have found are you have to remove all stickers and painted bits as you can't just paint around them as with cream, and big things like Amiga cases require a lot of peroxide and a big container (it can be reused however). You also have to weigh things down as they float - I have been using the little plastic/metal ties you get with food bags and some old stainless sockets from a tool kit.

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