Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
zoo237

How to remove scratches on the reflective part of the 7800

Recommended Posts

unknown.pngI got this Atari 7800 with a lot of controllers for under $10 and the console has a lot of scratches on the reflective part. I wanna know if there's any way to remove those scratches

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

unknown.pngI got this Atari 7800 with a lot of controllers for under $10 and the console has a lot of scratches on the reflective part. I wanna know if there's any way to remove those scratches

 

Same problem with my7800 - what happend with this poor systems?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's nearly impossible to get them back to new.

 

EDIT: Actually it's pretty hard to get any noticeable restoration after the scratches are there.

Edited by Shawn
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, unless you happen to still have the protective plastic on those strips...those scratches are essentially just there I'm afraid. It makes sense why some people left the protective plastic on the strips to help minimize scratches, but at the same time, over the years that plastic starts to bond permanently with the aluminium strip making it nearly impossible to remove with out leaving nasty residue behind that is also nearly impossible to remove. I made that mistake on a 7800 a few years back that still had the protective plastic on it.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well theres the packing strip but there is a plastic strip bonded to the aluminum to protect the paint

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At least the 7800 chrome is (or seems to me anyway), a bit tougher than the 5200 chrome strip, which gets scratches when anorexic flies land on it wearing ballet shoes.

 

I wish somebody was making aftermarket versions of both.

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At least the 7800 chrome is (or seems to me anyway), a bit tougher than the 5200 chrome strip, which gets scratches when anorexic flies land on it wearing ballet shoes.

 

I wish somebody was making aftermarket versions of both.

Would not even need be metalic as far as I am concerned. The scratched and dented ones look terrible and nearly all of the ones I have encountered are beat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can do a laser printed decal on "silver" vinyl, it looks as bad as it sounds, it might work if one sits there with a heat gun and does a wrap effect but then the dents show unless you do some body filler hot rod fix em up stuff, and if one knows how to do all that its not going to be a problem in the first place

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can do a laser printed decal on "silver" vinyl, it looks as bad as it sounds, it might work if one sits there with a heat gun and does a wrap effect but then the dents show unless you do some body filler hot rod fix em up stuff, and if one knows how to do all that its not going to be a problem in the first place

I dont get it.. if one knows how to fix it it will not be a problem in the first place?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yea there's no simple fix, and if you know how to fix it ... its not a problem cause you probably already fixed it

 

its sheet metal work or shitty sticker that looks just as jank as a beat up metal strip

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah I've tried some custom cut vinyl cuts/stickers...it's a pain because the 5200 has a freakin hole under the strip, and the 7800 has (If I recall right) a divot, and they have to be filled if you use a sticker. Besides scraping off EVERY BIT of goo and glue that was under there for 25+ years. I did that, and did use a filler and tried a sticker...meh. There is actually some decent looking vinyl "metal" out there, but it was very hard to get the edges right (So I simplified it and removed the angles at the ends) and it showed every tiny bump. And at the end of the day, it was just silver, no logo.

 

I finally found a PRISTINE 5200 a few years ago (well strip wise, still had the plastic on it, but the flip lid was busted, but I had a spare) and after a controller brushing it briefly a couple times..scratches. That strip may as well be made of frosting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Same problem with my7800 - what happend with this poor systems?

I got this and a bunch of controllers for 7 dollars on craigslist so I'm not 100% sure what happened to it

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well what I was imagining is something like the strip on the Nolan Bushnell signature series. It is not metal. I wonder if a strip with an Atari logo and stripe could be 3D printed? I don't have the skills. Maybe someday.

 

http://20thcenturyretro.ga/Consolas/Atari-7800/Atari7800NolanBushnellSignatureSeries.jpg

 

Proooooooooobably, although obviously you'd need to do some paint work or whatever to make it look nice...

 

I think this weekend I'll meet up with a friend of mine who has a 3D printer, see if I can think of anything.

 

If I fall off the face of the earth, I couldn't pull it off.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...