Saturday, June 19, 2010

Retr0bright - Gameboy Bleaching

I got this four "defect" Gameboy's on eBay for just 20EUR. I bought them in the hope, that I can repair them without a big effort. As you may see on the picture, the 2nd Gameboy looks not very bight. To much sunlight turned him more yellow than the others.
Luckily, I found a method to bleach the yellow-colour away. The project I found on the internet is called Retr0bright and the recipe for the bleaching-paste is based on Hydrogen Peroxide.

I bought the Hydrogen Peroxide and the other ingredients in the pharmacy. I have to left there a copy of my driving-licence, just in case that I build a bomb instead of bleaching a Gameboy =)
Later I mixed everything together using plastic-gloves and eyeglasses for protection.
Then I pasted the gel on the Gameboy-housing and put it under a UV-lamp.
This is what happened...

I'm not 100% satisfied with the result, but the Gameboy looks a _lot_ better now. I think I will try less "Vanish OxyAction" next time. Now you can't really distinguish it from my 1st Gameboy.


  1. This is awesome! I want to do the same thing. Where did you get the "Oxy Action" in Germany? Also, what UV Lamp are you using?

  2. thanx man! it's easy to get "vanish oxy action" in germany. check out the next bigger supermarket or schlecker, dm etc.
    my uv-lamp is pretty poor. i suggest to use a face tanner or pure sunlight. on my next attempt i will also do so.