How i clean the consoles / computers of my collection
This includes AtariST / Amiga / MegaDrives etc.
The Dishwasher when used correctly is your best of best friends -
For medium to heavy (thickness) of plastics theres very little substitue for a dishwasher on 50 degrees c,
For thicker plastics 60c is quite adequte, but its imperative NOT to use a drying cycel as this can and does warp plastics.
Of course thin plastics must be done by hand, 40c hot soapy water.
try and stay away from compounds that include terpines and sofactant dispersants as these will damage the plastic.
Now a lot of consoles have a distinct yellowing or tanning, this is not to do with dirt, its infact to do with the protination of the bromine in the plastic. Up untill recently this process was thought irresversable, however this is not the case.
I have been in the development group that came up with the solution from the begning, my friend Dave (Merlin) organizing and testing these theories and methods using peroxide. Now before you think of peroxide as a bleach it is not, it can be used as a bleachin agent, as it will provide similar results to that of bleaching in some situations, but it is NOT a base it is infact a solution of H2O2
With the use of peroxide (10-12%), UV light and a little TAED you can de-protinate the plastic and removed that yellowing (TAED = Any Oxy Action product i.e. ... trust pink and get vanish =D)
Deprotination is essentially just remove the oxygen atom from the butadine chain of the plastic and replacing it with a hydrogen, essentially repairing the plastic and restoring it to factory setting so-to-speak.
if you want to know more here is the >retro-bright wiki
< project and an overview of >gel-method of application on youtube
I will say that to be carfull using the Gel-Version it dries out, in doing so the peroxide concentration will increase to such a point where it will attack the plastic polymer chains, so if you do use this method apply regulary every hour at least.
its also wise to wash the item completely before any application.
heres the projects money shot -
"somebody tip the fluffer =D"