Why do old consoles turn yellow, and how you can make them look brand new again.
You can pick up the yellow ones cheap as everyone thinks it's nicotine/tar
It's called sunlight/UV exposure.
Because they want to be painted into zelda editions
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.
Sounds like a first world problem to me!
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.
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?"
Then why doesn't the whole thing turn yellow? The cartridge area stays the same color as well as the slots for the controllers.
@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.
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:)
And to bring it back to it's original color you use Retrobright.
This stuff is awesome.
It's not that easy but yeah I've seen it done. My dc has turned yellow gutted but it still worms. Strange thing is it was in a box with no sunlight when it turned Yellow. My 1993 amiga32 has not changed any colour though but it was not white
The Nintendo directors' face turned yellow as well when Wii U tanked.
It's a mix of fire retardant chemicals and a kind of "cheap ABS" plastic, late snes units don't suffer from it, some batches of chemicals are different so some consoles won't "oxidise". Leave luck to heaven, 'cause ninty knows how to make the $.
It isn't necessarily sunlight that does it. Any light exposure, even artificial, will cause it. The top of the older model SNES systems was ABS plastic treated with a flame retardant called bromine. Over time the bromine moves to the surface of the plastic and oxidizes, causing yellowing. This will actually happen even if the system is never removed from the original packing. Light just speeds up the process.
My Dreamcast has turned yellow except for one stripe down the middle of it.
Oxygen and light mixing with the flame retardant chemicals in ABS plastic. Bonus fact: Nintendo 64 and Gamecube have the same problem, but can't be seen as easy due to the darkness of their plastics.
The SNES consoles are afraid of the newer, stronger consoles on the market right now. This is commonly referred to as "yellow-belly".
The current consoles are not even close to being better than SNES.
If we're talking games of course.
Why do some "people" get sun burnt😂
Polyurethane Oxidization maybe?
My single chip is still purdy: https://lh3.googleuserconte...
Because overtime they manage to learned how to became a " SUPER SAIYANES"
The black plastic on my XBOX One started to go white on the side next to the power button, a section about 25mm in diameter started to discolour. It's kept clean and tidy on a shelf below my TV away from any sunlight so I'm mystified as to what has caused it. A very thin smear of vaseline worked into the area had improved it but if you look close you can still see it.
oxidation and uv exposure... that would be my guess
Because they get old and fart, poor thing :(
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