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RetroBright - IIgs Keyboard AFTER

This is a shot of a fully deyellowed Apple IIgs keyboard.

I started off by washing all the plastics by hand with warm water and dish washing liquid. I then allowed everything to dry over night. I dipped the keys in a RetroBright liquid solution (3% H202), and I used the gel version of RetroBright (3% H202) for the larger plastics. One day outdoors (9AM to sundown) on a sunny Spring day was all it took to perform this magic.

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Comment by Charles Plater on August 21, 2009 at 11:48am
This looks so good.
Comment by Ken on August 21, 2009 at 2:52pm
Have you noticed any fading of the labels? Do you protect them in any way?
Comment by James Wages on August 21, 2009 at 6:49pm
Ken, since you are commenting on "labels" under this particular photo, I wish to mention that although I did apply the gel form of RetroBright to the top thin edge and all sides of the bottom part of the IIgs keyboard plastic housing, I did not apply any RetroBright to the very bottom side. The reason is because that side was never yellowed, having never been exposed to the sun through the years. Hence, the label on the bottom was unaffected by my deyellowing process.

Now in terms of "lables in general" I would recommend that you view these 3 photos and read the commentary underneath:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/66071596@N00/3823058728/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/66071596@N00/3822230397/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/66071596@N00/3823035594/

Simpy put, the sticker at the bottom of my mouse was slightly discolored, my having kept the entire housing submerged in the liquid form of RetroBright and exposed to UV light all day. However, it is important to take note of the fact that there are labels on the back of the SE/30 housing, and although I used the gel on that side of the case, I did not see any deterioration or discoloration of the SE/30 housing labels at all. But then again, those labels are a thicker, stronger type than the label at the bottom of the mouse.
Comment by Pam on August 21, 2009 at 11:45pm
That is one beautiful keyboard. It looks like it was just unboxed!
Comment by James Wages on August 22, 2009 at 12:15am
Charles and Pam, thank you for your comments.

The great thing about it is, any vintage computing lover can obtain the same "just unboxed" look. It just requires a day of your time, a bottle of household 3% peroxide that everyone has (in the US anyway) sitting on the shelf, some OxiClean, and the sun. (And also some corn starch, if you make the gel version.)
Comment by Kathryn on October 7, 2009 at 2:32am
Very, very nice. Have you done computer shells this way also?
Comment by James Wages on October 7, 2009 at 3:02am
Comment by Kathryn on November 16, 2009 at 5:59pm
I bet you gotta wear shades! Beautiful!
Comment by James Wages on November 16, 2009 at 7:57pm
Actually, I did wear my sunglasses during the deyellowing process outside. It was a very sunny day!

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