I know enough not to use things like Windex or nail polish remover on plastics, but what should I use?
I've got a SNES and original Gameboy that I would love to clean up, along with getting some marker and stickers off some game cartridges. Does anyone have tips on breathing new life into old consoles?
For cleaning markers, I use hair spray. It works wonders on plastic surfaces. Wont damage either. Just wipe with alcohol after.
I also hear good things about mr clean magic eraser.
For sticker residue, I use goo gone citrus based, do not use petroleum based and do not use on labels or screens.
For consoles, I strip them down till I cant anymore. Take apart everything, do not be lazy and leave any screws springs or anything metal in the case, pop off buttons and anything that can be removed. Use a sponge or brush (plastic bristles) and scrub with water and soap on the case, buttons and anything plastic (do not use brush on shiny glossy surfaces). I then wipe dry and use compressed air to blow out any water that I cannot wipe away. I use a hair dryer on low heat or cold to finish drying. Make sure everything is dry before reassembly.
For the motherboards and metal shielding, I use a painters brush (for painting houses, not paintings) to dust off all the entire motherboard, controller ports, components and shielding.
For Controllers, I use the same method as for consoles for the all of the plastic parts. For the PCB, contacts and rubber contacts (both sides), I use a paper towel dampened with alcohol and wipe/rub thoroughly till clean. I then dry them with a dry paper towel. Some buttons and the inner walls of the holes on the controller need to be wiped with alcohol to remove stubborn crust.
Hope that helps.