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Why do some SNES consoles turn yellow as they age?

Why do old consoles turn yellow, and how you can make them look brand new again.

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SojournUK8d ago

You can pick up the yellow ones cheap as everyone thinks it's nicotine/tar

Pancit_Canton8d ago

It's called sunlight/UV exposure.

Mmmmmmmmmmyummy8d ago

Because they want to be painted into zelda editions

Vengeance11388d ago

Did this really warrant a whole article? Author needs to search for some common sense. Leave anything white/grey out in the sunlight and you get yellow.

Fist4achin8d ago

Sounds like a first world problem to me!

Lord_Sloth7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

Not even we 1st worlders worry about this. Idk what this guy's isssue is. I have more important issues to worry about like signal strength, enough chocolate syrup for my chocolate ice cream, and my dollar bill printed toilet tissue.

PurpHerbison7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

But Lord_Sloth, that is the whole point... it is so petty only 1st worlders would concern themselves with it. But can we just be clear here, it isn't the sun causing this damage. Who the hell leaves their consoles out in the sun?

"Hey want to go outside and play some bball or something?"
-SURE! My ball bin is right next to the garage.
"Hey Timmy, why is there a SNES in here?"

PurpHerbison8d ago

Then why doesn't the whole thing turn yellow? The cartridge area stays the same color as well as the slots for the controllers.

ImGumbyDammit7d ago (Edited 7d ago )

@PurpHerbison "Who the hell leaves their consoles out in the sun? "

Do you live in a cave? No windows at home? Come on even third world countries have windows. Besides this is UV damage that affects the polymers. And that damage does not require the sun. There are plenty of man made sources that can do the same UV damage. Additionally, polymer damage: changing color and/or making the console plastic case brittle is not exclusively caused by UV. Other causes are heat or humidity or visible light that over time can change the polymers. Heck, using solvents (cleaning supplies) to wipe down your device degrades the polymers over time. And the polymer degradation results in yellowing (changing color) and making the plastic brittle.

As for other parts that aren't white. The are affected. I am sure if you look to see they will be faded, a loss of what ever color they were when you first bought the device. Maybe not yellow but, that depends on the original color of the plastic. Perhaps, some paint has a natural UV protection built-in and less damage is done. Don't know but all things being equal the UV damage will be the same.

Even if you have packed away your old console and it was white at the time of packing, the damage from sitting in the open all those years has already been done. Perhaps that damage may not have been apparent. However, over time, even in the box and no longer exposed, it still can turn yellow and possibly brittle.

Einhander19718d ago

I read it's something to do with the make up of the plastic that causes the yellowing. Later models never did it supposedly, exposure to sun won't help but it's not the cause. Luckily I managed to get a PAL UK snes yellow free. I now keep it bubble wrapped in a dark cupboard out of harms reach:)

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