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For now on I will use silver polish on my cartridges and system contacts

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Holy crap! I would have never thought of that but now that I'm thinking about it that does seem like a great idea. I would just worry about it being to harsh on the metal, but it seems to work great. This is something to keep in mind for the games that are really bad off if nothing else.

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I would doubt it matters what brand you use. It's about as abrasive as toothpaste so it won't damage anything.

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That looks even better than when I use 2000 grit sandpaper on my nes carts to remove the crap.

 

I think we found a new thing to use. :)

 

It even cleaned up the PCB nicely, its a nice white, like it should be.

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Wow . That makes a helluva difference! Stupid question.....but any particular brand of silver polish?

 

Personally I have been using Brasso for years. It does wonders for carts and really any sort of copper contact (such as the one between the sega genesis and the sega-cd). You can usually find it at your local grocery store for about a $1. I know there is some concern about it eating away at the contacts, but honestly the contacts are so thick on older cart systems it really isn't an issue. Plus how many times are you going to need to clean it? I have used it on my entire NES collection and every cart will start first try with no fiddling now.

 

One thing to keep in mind is to make sure you wipe the contacts off after using it as it tends to leave a residue.

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Thanks for posting that! Looks like a good solution for getting the contacts restored when there is corrosion. White erasers work great for removing grime but can't do anything about rust.

 

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Thanks for posting that! Looks like a good solution for getting the contacts restored when there is corrosion. White erasers work great for removing grime but can't do anything about rust.

 

You know, I've been thinking about this. Corrosion is a chemical reaction, usually oxidation. Would it be possible to reverse this reaction, by applying a reducing agent, and deposit some of the metal back onto the pins? It might be better than just removing the corrosion.

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