Category Archives: Retr0brite

Joystick Restoration Video

When I did my joystick restoration, I also wanted to try to document it.  I am finding the video part challenging as I have little experience in this and am trying to find a method that is not too time consuming and give me a modicum of experience.  SO I guess, the video is also part of the experiment.  I also plan to do this for the other Apple II restorations that are upcoming.

My first battle is with the editing software I am using to piece together my splices.  The second battle I have is searching for a plugin that works well for self hosting video and at some point I would like to display as well, but I think I am getting into a can of worms supporting OS and browser variations.  Third, I am still struggling with my methods of rendering video and need good way to host the video and or stream the video as the Quick time movie below is lengthy to download, but for those who do I applaud and thank you for your patience.

Apple Joystick Restoration

Retr0brite Experiment: Final Results

I have the Retr0brite experiment final results.  I woke up this morning and went into the Apple II Lab to see what was cooking.  What I found was the body of my joystick control covered in a crusty Retr0Brite shell.  I gathered a bowl of water and began deglazing the components and giving them a final clean.  I have to say I have found the process to be a worth while venture and am eager to begin the next project.  What do you need to know?  The process is easy, you can get all the information you need to know from Merlin at the Retr0brite Wiki, there is no stink, no nasty chemicals, and now I am positive that the weaker 3% solution is just as effective.  I think that for me the hardest supply to find was a uv light source. I snagged it at Wal*Mart for $10.00.

Image demonstrating Retr0brite Experiment Before and After

This image dramatically displays the transformation from abused to beauty.

Having worked out all the hitches in my Retr0brite experiment and confident that the next process will be very smooth, I am looking forward to what fate may have in store for me by the means of my poll.  In addition to documenting the process with pictures, I am also interested in making a time lapse series of the days I spend refurbishing the next machine.  And I am very eager to see the results I am imagining right now.  You can see more of the results on my Retr0brite Flickr set.  If you are interested you can also help decide what the next thing I Retr0brite will be:

Retr0brite Experiment: The Practice Session

As the results of my polls trickle in, I have been experimenting with Retr0Brite.  My idea is to have a dry run that allows me to work the bugs out of my process before making a formal post.  I am glad that I did, because I am focusing on the process and finding little hitches and solutions to those problems.  I have been taking photos, finding ways into nooks and crannies, and the value of a good art eraser.

I am having a time putting my time lapse films together.  It’s a another process that I have to master and as I continue with trial and error, hopefully I can put together something suitable for viewing.

Picure of Retr0brite mixture.

Preparing a guesstimated mix of Retr0brite.

The Retr0brite recipe that I am using is Merlin’s original formula.  I have some ClaireOxide Volume 40 coming  (soon hopefully) that is going to act as a fairly concentrated source of H2O2 but until then I am using an off the shelf 3% solution.

The first batch I mixed was all guesstimation because I used few instruments to measure.  I took photos, made a film, and cleaned the hell out of a classic Apple II joystick body.  Looking on it this morning, there was improvement, but my forulation was all wrong and I implemented a postage scale to help me get a better ratio.  This second batch was like meringue and was thick, thanks in part to the right amount of xanthan gum and oxy clean.

I’ve posted some pictures of my practice on my Flickr Apple II picture collection.

The second time around I also employed a mirror to help reduce lost photons.  Hopefully this practice session will help be do a quality job on the hardware.

Again, I invite you to participate in the poll that decides the machine that gets the treatment. Vote Early. Vote Often.