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retr0bright Alternatives Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)00:03 UTC+1 No.1790283 Report

What are some good cheap alternatives for retr0bright? Personal experience is greatly appreciated.
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)00:09 UTC+1 No.1790295 Report

what the fuck man how poor are you


It's just hydrogen peroxide, oxiclean, xanthan gum and glycerine, make it yourself
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)00:13 UTC+1 No.1790302 Report

You don't even need all of those, you only need hydrogen peroxide.

Just don't blame others if you end up blowing yourself up with it.
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)00:37 UTC+1 No.1790351 Report

>how broke are you?
college student broke
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)00:39 UTC+1 No.1790357 Report

If I just use hydrogen peroxide will it be safe or will it cause damage?
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)01:04 UTC+1 No.1790470 Report

The only problem you will run into is that hydrogen peroxide is a liquid, so you need a lot of it and you a container big enough to submerge only the case of what you are trying to restore.
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)01:41 UTC+1 No.1790617 Report

nah, soak paper towels in it then cover what you need to whiten then cover that in saran wrap so it doesnt dry up.
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)01:44 UTC+1 No.1790628 Report

Can this stuff also clear up see-through plastic?
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)01:48 UTC+1 No.1790632 Report

It reverses a chemical reaction within the plastic, it doesn't just "whiten" it. All colors of plastic can be used.
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)01:51 UTC+1 No.1790635 Report


Because that Dreamcast there looks a little yellow and soupy these days.
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)01:56 UTC+1 No.1790647 Report

If the xanthan gum isn't used, and there is a sufficient quantity, would it be possible to just submerge the plastic in a container of the peroxide/oxyclean mixture? Would it provide better results?
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)01:58 UTC+1 No.1790660 Report

No. Oxygen exposure contaminates it.
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)02:00 UTC+1 No.1790667 Report

But then why use oxyclean? Why leave it sit out in the open?
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)02:12 UTC+1 No.1790702 Report

If I only use hydrogen peroxide on a system like Dreamcast would it remove the Sega logo paint on the front?
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)02:13 UTC+1 No.1790707 Report

If you're worried about that, you can pop it off.

I remember the guy who put together my clear Dreamcast moved the badge from the white case to the clear case so it's removable.
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)04:36 UTC+1 No.1791140 Report

This stuff has worked pretty well for me. It's also in a cream/gel form so it's easy to apply. Just wrap your plastic in cellophane afterwards and set it in the sunlight or under your own UV lamp.
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)21:49 UTC+1 No.1793497 Report

Okay, this takes some explanation, fasten your seatbelts.

A lot of retro shit is made of ABS, which is cheap and easy to work with but also really flammable. This means that manufacturers have to add flame retardants to the mix to comply with safety standards. The main one used in the 80s was TBBP-A, which is again cheap but has a lot of bromine in it, which is this shitty brown color and has a tendency to break off of TBBP-A and bond with oxygen in the air when exposed to UV light. This is what turns the plastic yellow over time.

Retr0bright is a combination of chemicals that reverse the reaction. Hydrogen peroxide provides hydrogen that scoops up the bromine and reacts to form a more stable, less shitty-looking compound. The oxiclean contains TAED, a catalyst that makes the peroxide break down faster so there's more hydrogen available to sweep up more bromine. (Any "active oxygen laundry booster" has this shit in it, the brand doesn't matter.) Leaving the part out in the sun bathes it in UV light, which makes the peroxide break down even faster and also destabilizes the bromine to make it more likely to bond with the hydrogen. Putting all these together means you can slather the part in gel, leave it out in the sun and get a complete turnaround in a few hours.
Anonymous 07/22/14(Tue)23:19 UTC+1 No.1793776 Report

So you could technically mix together enough hydrogen peroxide and oxyclean to submerge the plastic, and leave it in a closed, clear container in the sun or under a UV lamp for more effective results?
Anonymous 07/23/14(Wed)01:32 UTC+1 No.1794187 Report

That is... fucking brilliant.
Why didn't I think of this before? I've been trying to weigh down my shells to keep them under the water line.. so wasteful! Fantastic. You rock, anon.
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