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Cleaning N64 carts; Any DIY guides/advice?
Topic Started: Jul 16 2012, 05:50 PM (4,508 Views)
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I use bio-ethanol to clean the cart housing. It will remove most felt-tip wrting, sticker residue and dirt without much effort.
Use a soaked Q-tip to get into the crevices.
CAVEAT: ethanol will also happily remove the ink from the label so you have to be VERY careful when using it.
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the inside? i suppose you mean the contact strips.
Same procedure really, but i start off with rubbing them with a pen eraser; this will remove any built-up grime and gunk.
Then i clean the contacts with some alcohol or bio-ethanol.
Works every time.

here's a before-and-after pic of a "broken" NES cart i cleaned back to life (the picture doesnt do the shiny clean contacts justice, they look better IRL )
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Edited by Mk II, Jan 3 2013, 07:15 PM.
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amazing what can be done, eh? looks so much smarter that way

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isopropyl ?

yes, thats fine too. or "rubbing alcohol" or even Windex if you havent got anything else.
as long as it is something that evaporates fairly quicky; liquids and electronics dont play nice together.

but in my experience, ethanol is the most effective in removing all sorts of ink and glue residue.
It also is very good against those pesky foil stickers you often find on ex-rental carts.
it just seems to eat it all up !
Edited by Mk II, Jan 9 2013, 03:31 AM.
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DeOxit is a bad idea. way too expensive and most of their products are far too oily and leave a "lubricating" residue that will only attract more dirt.
A big bottle of ethanol can be had for less than 2 dollars and will literally last you a lifetime.
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Proctor & Gamble’s Magic Eraser® is made of a melamine resin foam called Basotect® (manufactured by BASF). On curing, the melamine resin becomes almost as hard as glass, which allows it to act like extremely fine sandpaper as the foam eraser rubs the particles of dirt from the surface. Basotect® remains soft and supple due to the structure of the foam created by adding water. When water is added, the very fine airy structure (that you can only see under a microscope) creates a surface that makes the dirt stick to it.

So it works 2 ways:
1. The foam eraser acts like extremely fine sandpaper and rubs the dirt from the surface.
2. The nature of the foam makes the dirt stick to it.

And, like a pencil eraser, the foam gets used up as it’s used.

Here’s why you should be careful. Anything that works like sandpaper will not only rub the dirt from the surface, but with a soft surface that can be scratched, it will also damage the surface. I tested the Magic Eraser® on walls painted with eggshell latex paint. Yes, it took the dirt away. It also took the sheen from the paint surface. It also took some of the colour from the paint surface. High gloss latex paint? It removes the gloss. Varnished surfaces? Don’t even think about using it.


in other words: don't rub it like crazy
Edited by Mk II, Mar 17 2013, 06:07 PM.
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and NEVER use them on a N64 console as they are very easily scratched.

I once tried to clean a console with one of those synthetic spongy pan scourers... bad idea!
One swipe and it was totally ruined - still sold it though :)
Edited by Mk II, Mar 18 2013, 01:13 PM.
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That looks like someone tried to roast it like a marshmallow

Agreed. That's heat and/or flame damage and beyond repair.
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