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Tips/advice for cleaning games.

#1 Bleedingwickedly   CAG CAGiversary!   2751 Posts   Joined 7.6 Years Ago  


Posted 26 January 2015 - 04:04 AM

I finally took the plunge and bought the Retron 5. I was thinking about buying a SNES, but figured for what I'd pay, I could get a new system for a little more. Got it for $120 shipped from Newegg. Anyways since I plan on acquiring all sorts of games in the coming months from eBay/flea markets, which is the best way to clean cart games. So NES, SNES, Sega, and such. Thanks in advanced for your help.

#2 Invicta 61   Gabagool, Provalone and vinegar peppers CAGiversary!   2123 Posts   Joined 8.7 Years Ago  

Posted 26 January 2015 - 05:04 AM

You want to check out this thread:



#3 leelee_gayah   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   47 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago  


Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:21 AM

That sounds a good deal !

#4 Jiryn   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   4324 Posts   Joined 9.4 Years Ago  

Posted 25 May 2017 - 04:26 PM

Cartridge - Q-Tip and High % Rubbing Alcohol... I'd say 90% of higher which can be bought at pharmacies.. you want it to evaporate quickly


Optical Media - Static Free Monitor Wipe, or Eye Glass Cleaner + Microfiber eye glass wipe.

#5 Richard Kain   The Kaiser CAGiversary!   2643 Posts   Joined 11.6 Years Ago  

Richard Kain

Posted 01 June 2017 - 11:01 PM

I actually read an interesting article on Kotaku related to this subject.


Relabeling Vintage Cartridges


I agree with Jiryn on the cleaning advice. I use a Q-Tip and rubbing alcohol for cleaning the cartridge contacts. I will use a paper towel and a cleaning agent like 409 for scrubbing down the plastic. You have to be real gentle with the labels. Some of them don't react as well to cleaning agents, or even water, and you might end up with bleeding ink.


The interesting thing about this article is that it demonstrates replacement methods for dealing with damaged labels. With modern printing technology, as well as the accessibility of open-source software, cooking up your own replacement labels for classic cartridges is more viable than ever before. While I understand and appreciate the argument of maintaining authenticity in a collection, I also like the idea of cooking up new replacement labels, especially for cartridges where the labels are noticeably damaged.

#6 Dustwalker14   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   248 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  


Posted 23 July 2017 - 03:34 AM

Depends how dirty the carts are.


Standard clean would be alcohol and Qtips. Even though I have become quite the fan of the 1up cards.


Any heavy oxidization, I open the cartridge and do some brasso on a qtip. Followed by alcohol on a fresh qtip to clean that up.


Anything heavier than that is generally toast.


I had one game that was crazy bad, and was pretty much trash so I tried very high grit (800 i think) sand paper and it got it clean enough to work. That was a throw away cart however otherwise so I wouldn't suggest it.

#7 Duaber   Banned Banned   52 Posts   Joined 4.9 Years Ago  

Posted 29 July 2017 - 06:33 PM

NES games seem to be the only games that usually need cleaning in my experience. Firm cotton Q-tip and alcohol does wonders

#8 Lord_Jenkins  


Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:39 AM

You want to check out this thread:



Thanks for linking this - a lot of useful stuff there!