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ATTENTION!
The information in this page is merely informative. It doesn’t constitute any type of guide or tutorial. Hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous if treated incorrectly. Avoid touching your eyes, drink it, whatch out for Pets and Kids… wear safety goggles and old clothes… And most importantly! Don´t blame me if you damage your enclosure or favorite T-Shirt xD

An introduction to Yellowness:

When it comes to computers and video consoles, you really want to keep the original case, even more, that old school case is one of the reasons why is so cool and nostalgic. But, the brown-yellow ish color you see in many old devices is not nostalgic, is basically a layer of matter that got oxidised with time and UV exposure.

Certain old devices were coated with a substance to make them fire-retardant, as they were made using ABS plastic. This layer gets more or less brown depending in what life the device had… Sun or smoke will make them go yellow in the more exposed areas.

Step 1: Case Cleaning

The first step in restoring an old device to its glory is take it apart and clean it. It doesn’t matter how dirty it look at first, all devices get better after some cleaning with just soapy water and a toothbrush.

Never throw your old toothbrush, this is an amazing little device that will help you in many projects. It´s extremely efficient when cleaning plastic cases with the help of just some warm water and soap. The most dirty parts are normally around the button pads, the speaker holes and any engraving, but brushing in different directions and under running water leaves them perfectly clean of grease and dirt.

<p>Great tutorial! And the result is amazing. Keep up the good work Inspektor Gadjet :D</p>
<p>Thanks a lot for the support Natalie Alchemy! I love your products by the way ;)</p>
Thank you a oot i also live in Spain and i couldnt find the oxi.
Nice one! Im glad it helped!
<p>If you've played with this before, is the UV light really necessary? The only UV source I have is the sun, and I <em>think</em> a higher concentration of H202 would serve me better (and be far more accessible)</p><p><strong>OR:</strong></p><p>Are you relying on the UV light to turn the escaping Oxygen into Ozone?</p>
UV light is the catalyst of this reaction like the article says. The reaction occurs because of the two elements interacting, only UV light or peroxide will not do the trick...<br><br>There are plenty of UV lights around just do a google search, lots of DIY options andif not just try and experiment yourself.<br><br>There is no oxigen going to ozone, is bromine releasing and peroxide becoming oxigen, there is only water vapor in the evaporation. Hope it helps.<br>
Only thing left to do for you I guess is boot pokemon on it now<br>
<p>My main use is for music making... however I love to play some classics like Tetris, Super Mario... lots of nostalgic fun!!</p>
Only thing left to do for you I guess is boot pokemon on it now<br>
<p>Boot Pokemon? xD</p><p>I prefer Zelda...</p>
Pese a la mierda, me sigue gustando m&aacute;s el modelo sin restaurar. El otro pierde su originalidad est&eacute;tica. Es como si fuese otro aparato distinto y no una gameboy. Pero gracias por la receta para blanquear el ABS.
<p>Hey Cuttretop. El tema es que originalmente no era asi, naranja.. Ademas muchas de ellas han tenido pegatinas, y se le ven marcas de pegamento o la forma de donde estaba la pegatina... a mi no me gusta eso para nada! Luego en las fotos se ve que la pantalla mia es gris claro, con luz azul... y los botones son nuevos, con lo que claro que no parece la original!! Se hizo asi a prop&oacute;sito, ese modelo lo llam&eacute; &quot;Nordic Boy&quot; :)</p>
<p>&iexcl;El &quot;Nordic Boy&quot; es de ensue&ntilde;o! Gracias por la t&eacute;cnica de limpieza, parece nuevo.</p>
<p>Hola! mea alegro de que te guste, la verdad que si, qued&oacute; bonito :) Eso me motivo a hacer muchos mas!</p>
<p>I see you are using 10-volumes hydrogen peroxide. In drugstores in France, I got 135-vol for about the same price, which means you can dilute it in 10 volumes of water and have the same power. Actually, you really want to dilute it...</p><p>It's a nice detail to add the fumes are not toxic. Corrosive, somewhat explosive, but not toxic. You may feel a bit &quot;funny&quot; if you're using a lot of H2O2 in high concentration, as well ;-)</p>
<p>Hi! Nice detail about diluting the higher concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide. I agree with the H2O2 makes you feel funny if using high amounts, and with the UV light you can get a nice tan too... just like being in the Beach :)</p>
<p>Terrific Instructable! Great job mentioning the lacquer coating. It's the bromides in the plastic that make it fire resistant. They are what causes the yellowing when exposed to oxygen, heat, and UV. It's unavoidable, but reducing the oxygen exposure should slow the effects considerably. You might also consider storing your device in some sort of enclosure or case to cut down on UV. </p>
<p>Super hold lacquer hair spray will do the job.I spray it on anything I want to protect from the elements. </p>
<p>Hello microdot, yes I knew about Br or Bromine, and linked to more scientific posts, but instead with this intructable I intended to use a more understandable languaje :) Anyway thanks for your words! I agree with the lacquer/paint and storage, currently I use a small aluminum flight case for it, and those protectors made of soft black plastic look incredible in black painted units!! :)</p>
<p>Thanks I plan on using this technique. I was really impressed with the results.</p>
<p>Glad you like the result! Good luck!</p>
<p>Instructions unclear favorite t-shirt is now bright pink. lol jk could you make one on how to do gba backlights?</p>
<p>Instructions unclear? Favorite Tshirt is now pink? lol sorry dont understand. I will post maybe some instructable in adding backlight to DMGs but no GBAs. Cheers!</p>
Nicely done, love the instructable, been looking for something like this for my segs dreamcast thank you for the instructable!
Sega*
<p>You are welcome! and hope you have luck with your Dreamcast ;)</p>
<p>Wow! like new, I'll try it thanks</p>
<p>:) Glad you like it!</p>
<p>Good job and well made</p>
Thanks a lot taifur!
Thank you too.
<p>Awesome, really cool stuff</p>
<p>Glad you like it!! :)</p>
<p>you should repaint the buttons.</p><p>then it looks much better</p>
<p>Hi! I normally buy new sets of buttons, because the &quot;Start-Select&quot; silicone ones, break over time and if they are Yellow, you can&acute;t clean them. New Buttons are very cheap, many colors and this way are much more durable than painting. Depending how much you use your Gameboy, the paint comes Off and gets easily scratched. What I do with normal Buttons if they are OK is Lacquer coat them :)</p>
<p>Very nice results! Thanks for sharing your process.</p>
<p>Glad you like it! and thanks for the support ;)</p>

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