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Shinji008
07-31-2003, 11:17 PM
That is one of the nastiest looking SNES I have ever seen.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3038421383&category=11042

Has there ever been a reason discovered for why they do that??

Bratwurst
07-31-2003, 11:22 PM
Early runs of the SNES had cheap plastic that degraded into that icky icky cornbread color.

SoulBlazer
07-31-2003, 11:56 PM
I can speak from personal experience that is the truth. :D

Got mine in Dec 91 -- last I saw it, last year, it was yellow over most of the surface and the corners were cracked.

Still works, just looks bad. :-D

dave2236
08-01-2003, 12:57 AM
Well I can rule out the sunlight theory. Mine was down the basement and never saw any sunlight and it too turned yellow.


Wait...maybe they were meant to do that...ya know, change colors....just like those Hot Wheels cars.

nesman85
08-01-2003, 01:13 AM
i've seen a lot of snes consoles that have normal tops, but the bottom half is yellowed. at one point i thought it was a variation since i had seen so many of them.

Saturn
08-01-2003, 04:45 AM
My SNES is in the process of turning yellow. Has been for years. It hasn't reached that extent yet, but if that's the end result... :puke:

sisko
08-01-2003, 08:11 AM
From what I heard....

Early SNES units were developed completely in Japan and then shipped to the US.

After NAFTA was established, it became cheaper to develop portions in Mexico and then ship them up to the US. However, the Mexican plants had a slightly different recipe for their plastic.

In short, the sand content in the newer units cause them to turn colors.

Bratwurst
08-01-2003, 08:55 AM
This is my experience with the matter:

Sister got an SNES for Christmas of 1991 or 92, right now it's yellowed.

I picked up a 5 dollar SNES in a thrift that needed its fuse replaced. It had a Repair Service sticker just underneath the power switch with a little illustration of Mario on it, which suggests it's a later model. No yellowing.

Reverend JagDiesel
08-01-2003, 01:31 PM
Bought mine new in late 94, its been in the sun, in the dark, and has been with me in all 5 of my residences since. Still fires right up, still works great, still looks like it just came out of the box.. Maybe it has a little to do with the owner?!

Dirty Tiger
08-01-2003, 02:17 PM
I heard that cig' smoke will turn plastic yellow.

ApolloBoy
08-01-2003, 02:28 PM
I hate it when plastic yellows! I wonder if there's a way to get rid of it...

omnedon
08-01-2003, 02:39 PM
AAAAAHHH!

it's the plastic people. It's not smoke or sun. It's the plastic. later versions are better, but some made in the "middle" of the SNES's life ar half and half, which is even uglier IMO.

Raedon
08-01-2003, 07:14 PM
yet again the search fails. Pleanty of sci-fi info on snes yellow.

http://www.digitpress.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2333&highlight=puke

http://www.digitpress.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8096&highlight=plastic

Predatorxs
08-06-2003, 11:27 AM
**Omnedon** Is right about the Plastic i have in the past 2 or 3 years picked up and sold about 15 or 20 Snes consoles some mint, some yellow in parts some completely yellow, i have had alot of these taken apart and even the inside is YELLOW?!? also the plastic when yellow is very week and cracks and chips easy, as well as the screw mounts inside snapping off when taking the screws out..

Dame mexican Bandits and there plastic. LOL

I still put it down to Bad plastic, i think sun light will not help the matter either, it's the same for the plastic on old PC monitors and photocopiers / printers etc they go a funny color, after a few years..

It's probably a company thing to shame people into buying new machines lol..... just kiddin.. :P

Also if you can't stand the color and have abit of skill with a spray can get some black spray paint! Make sure it's Gloss Black (or what ever color you like) But black covers alot of little marks..

Take your snes apart it has about 7 or 8 pieces you need to spray paint don't do it when it's all together it will look crap!!

I will post some picks of my Bad@$$ jet black snes it looks cool, it is a perfect match for the killer instinct snes cart!!! Very Nice!!

Duncan
08-16-2003, 06:02 AM
Also if you can't stand the color and have abit of skill with a spray can get some black spray paint! Make sure it's Gloss Black (or what ever color you like) But black covers alot of little marks..

Take your snes apart it has about 7 or 8 pieces you need to spray paint don't do it when it's all together it will look crap!!

I will post some picks of my Bad@$$ jet black snes it looks cool, it is a perfect match for the killer instinct snes cart!!! Very Nice!!

It wouldn't take too much effort to respray the external parts of a SNES with some fresh semi-gloss gray paint. The problem for perfectionists, however, is in the logos -- you'd have to be able to dry-transfer the new "Super Nintendo Entertainment System" text back onto the freshened surface without it looking like you did it yourself. Any ideas on how that might be accomplished?

Duncan :D

Predatorxs
08-16-2003, 10:57 PM
Hi Duncan,

I'm a perfectionist, but it's close to impossible to dry-transfer the logo's it can be done but i think it would take a few tries!! as in a few snes consoles, i'll post some pics very soon of my snes in black, i went over the logo's and to be honest i think it looks pretty cool, and i'm a hard guy to please! when i go about things like this :embarrassed:

Also i'm working on the idea of having the nintendo logo (top right of the console) to be lit up in red!! l.e.d's

Snes in jet black -------> Pics coming soon!!

Predatorxs
08-17-2003, 08:47 AM
Here are those pics i mentioned before, there not the best i took them with my camcorder!

See what ya think, the pics look ok but it looks 10 times better in the flesh!! :/ i also stuck in Starfox Weekend for good measure!! ;)

http://mysite.freeserve.com/browncow/snesbk1.jpg?0.2784087378741517

http://mysite.freeserve.com/browncow/snesbk2.jpg?0.27550157671540043http://mysite.freeserve.com/browncow/snesbk3.jpg?0.7318407501786509

Bratwurst
08-17-2003, 09:15 AM
Nice. I'm thinking an alternative to the Nintendo logo on painted decks would be a vinyl cut-out sticker like you see on car windows.

omnedon
08-17-2003, 10:05 AM
That looks better than I had imagined. Nice work!!

Predatorxs
08-17-2003, 10:10 AM
Do you mean like a big sticker?!? thats kind of funny, i buy alot of stuff (Nintendo / snes) from the US and i bought a few nintendo logo vinyl stickers (awhile bak) but if i use them i'll need to use the letters only and not the hoop that goes around the letters. the nintendo would fit just nicely!!

But if you mean a small sticker i get what your saying, also i could paint the little ninny logo white, just the letters and the hoop!!

I'd luv to do something with a few leds like maybe put some inside the cart slot so once the game is plugged in and the snes switched on you'd get a glow coming from out of the snes cart slot and it'd light up the game pak as well.

Would only really work in dark rooms!! lol.. But if the led(s) were bright enuff and say maybe in red or blue it would look pretty cool..

Am i taking this snes modifing alittle to far :P

Predatorxs
08-17-2003, 10:25 AM
Thanks omnedon, i was pretty pleased with it myself when i got it all finished!!

It is a perfect match for the killer instinct snes Cart!! i thought it might be abit off either lighter or darker but it was just right!!

There are so many things people can do with there snes (lol)

I always think of what nintendo could have done! with the snes, How about a special edition snes for the Donkey Country Comp Winners, it would just be green but it could have had the Green leaves design all over it or even the Donkey Kong characters on the back half of the snes!!

The same for the Starfox Comp!!

i got that idea for after i saw a playstation 1 console that was made for a comp here in england! i think the design was destruction derby, they had some design company come up with it, it was sonys idea as well very nice..

And the deign was amazing!! it looked like the designs you see Airbrushed on cars and motorbikes!!

And why the hell wasn't there a Super Mario Kart Comp!!! god dam!!

Bratwurst
08-17-2003, 11:15 AM
Yes, I was inferring a small sticker about the same dimensions as the old logo before it was painted over. I think you could find some place that would custom cut that for you if you provided them with a graphic. You could print out a logo on a clear sticker sheet as well from a computer printer but the end result wouldn't quite be as neat. O_O

Incidentally, I have to pipe in as well and say that paint job looks great. If the SNES was already yellowing to begin with you might as well- what paint did you use?

You could get ultrabright LEDs (cost a buck instead of ten cents, usually) and those would easily be visible, dark room or not.

hamburgler
08-17-2003, 01:29 PM
Great job painting that snes,Predatorxs. :)

Predatorxs
08-17-2003, 01:32 PM
The Paint i used is HYCOTE, Gloss Black, here is some info off the can (Extra Covering power, Acrylic Formulation, Suitable for use with Acrylic or cellulose paint...... Do not spray on young children or games sytems especially super nintendo's lol just kiddin LOL )

The can was also a 400ml and i used alot, i didn't cake th parts in paint i gave it a soft layer first and then gave it 30 mins or so, before i gave it an other layer, it took an hour or so, but i was doing other things then checking back on it, giving it an other layer...

Alittle tip i hung all the snes pieces out on my washing line when i was spraying them, they dried alot quick and there was no paint build up!!

Most people that have used spray paint will already know most if not all but i just thought i'd let you guys know how i did it.. so you have somewhere to start, if your thinking of having a go!

Out of my snes collection i used one of the worst yellow cases that was not cracked or damaged, i won't dream of using a nice clean snes!!

I use a dirty yellow snes for playing my games, it sits on the floor so if it gets a kick or 2 it doesn't matter!!

Duncan
08-18-2003, 05:25 AM
Acrylic paint is great stuff. Very versatile on a lot of different surfaces, and it doesn't react to certain plastic types the way some spray paints do. (I've ruined a couple of good model kits in my time with intolerant paint...arrgh.)

Very nice job on the "dark" console, too. Looks like a factory issue! :)

About the transfer thing -- I'm thinking of the kind that you rub off with a pencil onto wood and such. It ought to work just as well on painted plastic, but I don't know how you'd be able to get a custom set of Super Nintendo logos made in that way.

Vinyl stickers might do the job, but they'd have to be a pretty thin gauge to look right. (And maybe I am being way too compulsive here... x_x )

Duncan :D

ZackWIU
09-04-2003, 04:46 PM
About the transfer thing -- I'm thinking of the kind that you rub off with a pencil onto wood and such. It ought to work just as well on painted plastic, but I don't know how you'd be able to get a custom set of Super Nintendo logos made in that way.

Vinyl stickers might do the job, but they'd have to be a pretty thin gauge to look right. (And maybe I am being way too compulsive here... x_x )

Duncan :D

If you planned on clear coating the snes after you painted it, you could mask off the original logo with masking tape using an exacto knife to trace around the letters.. once it was painted black you could carefully peel the tape up and then clear coat the whole thing to make it nice and smooth over the logo..

sisko
09-12-2003, 07:29 PM
Do you mean like a big sticker?!? thats kind of funny, i buy alot of stuff (Nintendo / snes) from the US and i bought a few nintendo logo vinyl stickers (awhile bak) but if i use them i'll need to use the letters only and not the hoop that goes around the letters. the nintendo would fit just nicely!!

But if you mean a small sticker i get what your saying, also i could paint the little ninny logo white, just the letters and the hoop!!

I'd luv to do something with a few leds like maybe put some inside the cart slot so once the game is plugged in and the snes switched on you'd get a glow coming from out of the snes cart slot and it'd light up the game pak as well.

Would only really work in dark rooms!! lol.. But if the led(s) were bright enuff and say maybe in red or blue it would look pretty cool..

Am i taking this snes modifing alittle to far :P

I love your paintjob by the way, I'm really tempted to do that to mine also.

As for the LEDs...I don't thing this would be too hard to do! All you have to do is snip on of the leads to the power LED run a wire to the cart slot, hook up a few LEDs in series and run another wire to the other side of the snipped power LED lead!

In theory, that should work.

Any thoughts on this?

Duncan
09-13-2003, 02:37 AM
About the transfer thing -- I'm thinking of the kind that you rub off with a pencil onto wood and such. It ought to work just as well on painted plastic, but I don't know how you'd be able to get a custom set of Super Nintendo logos made in that way.

Vinyl stickers might do the job, but they'd have to be a pretty thin gauge to look right. (And maybe I am being way too compulsive here... x_x )

If you planned on clear coating the snes after you painted it, you could mask off the original logo with masking tape using an exacto knife to trace around the letters.. once it was painted black you could carefully peel the tape up and then clear coat the whole thing to make it nice and smooth over the logo..

Well, I was thinking in terms of a stock-looking gray repaint. So masking tape would actually work perfectly in that sense, provided you can find just the right shade of gray paint to match the original tone.

Clear coating (in matte finish) is probably a good idea as well; that way, you'll probably never have to repaint the thing again.

I'm fairly handy with a spray can, thanks to years of building car models -- maybe I should start restoring old SNES decks... :)

Duncan :D

Duncan
09-13-2003, 02:40 AM
As for the LEDs...I don't thing this would be too hard to do! All you have to do is snip on of the leads to the power LED run a wire to the cart slot, hook up a few LEDs in series and run another wire to the other side of the snipped power LED lead!

In theory, that should work.

Any thoughts on this?

Well, following standard electronic repair theory, anything's possible as long as you don't let the smoke out. :roll:

Duncan :D