By Gemma ~@Juicygamereviews
It's been a long problem for us gamers that causes a lot of upset when buying video game consoles. I'm talking about consoles yellowing. That filthy, mustard looking appearance of the shells of the Super Nintendo, Amiga and many more. The horrendous colour change is caused by too much exposure to UV light which conflicts with the chemical, Bromine (makes the plastic fire retardant) thus causing the yellowing.
There are numerous ways to reverse or lessen the chemical reaction, therefore, restoring the plastic cases back towards their original colour. I recently did this with my Amiga 500+. I purchased it and got a pretty good deal but the downside was the plastic case, keys, mouse and power box were a solid eight out of ten on the severity scale for yellowing. I'm going to tell you my procedure which worked wonders for me...
I stripped the top Amiga case off and popped every key off afterwards. Fortunately I didn't need to treat the underside as the plastic had not yellowed. I used 12% Hydrogen Peroxide cream as my sole treatment for this de-yellowing process. I'd highly recommend this but please be careful as it burns your skin if it comes in to contact. I wore gloves to be safe.
I coated the top case in the Hydrogen Peroxide cream using a small paint brush. I applied a decent amount ensuring every ounce of the case was covered. Once fully coated I wrapped the Amiga case in cling film (saran wrap) and left it in the sun (you can also use a UV lamp) for thirty six hours. You must use cling film to avoid the Hydrogen Peroxide evaporating. Repeat the same procedure with the Amiga keys. When disamsembling the Amiga keyboard make sure you collect the springs underneath the keys as they are very delicate. I washed all of the springs in warm soapy water.
I repeated the whole procedure the day after but rather than apply a second coat over the first, I washed the keys and case down in warm soapy water before starting again.
After thirty six hours I washed the Amiga 500+ and keys and started to reassemble. The results are unbelievable! Whereas the Amiga was an eight out of ten for yellowing prior to the treatment; after the treatment I'd say it's a two out of ten now. My next project will be to de-yellow my Super Famicom!
If you have any questions about this then please leave a comment. Check out my other consoles on the Video Game Collection page. I'll be doing a full pick ups video for the Amiga bundle on my Youtube channel very soon. For now, check out more pictures of the procedure in the slideshow below as well as my epic Amiga 500 Bundle pick ups.
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