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Topic: What should I use to clean an NES game?

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16bitdave

41. Posted:

Just rubbing alcohol that's it.

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Moviefan2k4

42. Posted:

brainerdrainer wrote:

Just rubbing alcohol that's it.

That method leaves a residue behind on the contacts, which can errode them over time. The best way to combat this is with a 1-to-1 mix of alcohol and water. However, the biggest problem is usually dirt and corrosion, and that's hard to remove without something like Brasso. When I opened up my copy of "Super Mario Bros. 3", it looked incredibly filthy. I had to scrub those contacts like crazy.

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apowes

43. Posted:

Moviefan2k4 wrote:

brainerdrainer wrote:

Just rubbing alcohol that's it.

That method leaves a residue behind on the contacts, which can errode them over time. The best way to combat this is with a 1-to-1 mix of alcohol and water.

Not to be rude, but in general, the exact opposite of what you said is correct.

Isopropyl alcohol (which is the true name of rubbing alcohol) is awesome for cleaning, and that is due in part to the fact that it evaporates quickly and completely. Any residue left over is simply residue from what you were trying to clean off the contacts in the first place. To avoid residue, you simply need to swab the contacts again with a clean q-tip after the initial scrubbing. It's like washing dishes (or anything): lather, scrub, RINSE. You have to rinse ;)

Water will leave junk behind WAY before rubbing alcohol, because water (whether from the bottle or the.tap) contains minerals. The only water that is suitable for using in any type of electronics cleaning is Distilled water (not drinking water, not spring water). Distilled water is pure H20 (unless the bottler doesn't use a reliable purification process).

Also, water corrodes contacts. Rubbing alcohol does not.

Even distilled water isn't good for cleaning electronics. It evaporates quite slowly. Diluting your alcohol reduces its effectiveness. I recommend the highest concentration of rubbing alcohol you can find (usually 91% or so).

The other cleaning product that I recommend are disposable electronic wet wipes. They are like normal wet wipes, but are on disposable microfiber cloths and use a gentle cleaning solution that evaporates very quickly. You can find them in the electronics section of Walmart; it's only a dollar or two for a pack of like 40 or so.

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Mk_II

44. Posted:

don't use Brasso, it basically removes the top layer of molecules from the contact strips. Use a hard rubber (the kind used to remove pen writing) to remove the dirt and oxydation, then clean them with some iso-alcohol or bio-ethanol. Here's a "before and after" picture of a NES cartridge i brought back to life:

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