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    Default Cleaning TG-16 Games

    I saw it stated on ebay auction that using alcohol on TG-16 games is bad for the game because it can harm the game in some way.

    Any truth to this? If so, what is the recommended way to clean these?

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    I think the NES manuals said not to use alchohol on them either. Why not? Probally becasue they want you to buy their "special" cleaner. Special meaning that it's probally just alchohol with an Nintendo label on it.

    We use alcholol to clean all our circuit boards at work but it's not the 50% stuff. It's probally 95% or more. And we scrub it in good with what looks like a large tooth brush.

    Someone else might be able to comment on this better but my guess is that the only thing you'd need to worry about is getting it on the label since the carts are so small.

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    I definately agree with jb143 on this one!...
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    There are a lot of different methods people use. I use the 70% alcohol and some q-tips, then I dry it with a hand towel. The only way I could see alcohol possibly damaging a game is if it were soaked in alcohol and not removed for an extended period of time.

    As mentioned above, even Nintendo has a warning label on the back of their games to not use alcohol to clean the cartridge.

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    yea im pretty sure the nintendo cleaning solution was just 91% isopropyl. i always tend to use something higher than the standard 70% fare for elecronics cleaning. could someone else post and let me know if this is just me being over cautious or if it makes a difference.
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    The lower the % the more water that will be left on the board. The alcohol should all evaporate off rather quickly. I doubt it makes too much of a difference as far as hurting the board is concerned though. We sometimes run circuit boards through a dishwasher too. The higher % will clean much better. 70% and lower is mainly for cuts and scrapes. I got electronics grade in a cut once...@$#@$#$@
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    Someone gave me a tip of lightly rubbing the contacts with an eraser the other day. Worked like a charm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobius View Post
    Someone gave me a tip of lightly rubbing the contacts with an eraser the other day. Worked like a charm.
    The Eraser method does work great in many cases!....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jb143 View Post
    The lower the % the more water that will be left on the board. The alcohol should all evaporate off rather quickly. I doubt it makes too much of a difference as far as hurting the board is concerned though. We sometimes run circuit boards through a dishwasher too. The higher % will clean much better. 70% and lower is mainly for cuts and scrapes. I got electronics grade in a cut once...@$#@$#$@
    frys sells electronics grade alcohol, it's 99.953% lol it's what i use
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