Restoration of Discolored Plastic

From: Clint Wolff <>
Date: Thu Jun 29 08:39:16 2000

Hi Doug,

I aways run plastic parts through the dishwasher first. It
performed miracles on my Apple ]['s.

Second, try soaking a throw-away (broken) in bleach. Fill up
a laundry tub with water, dump in a gallon or more of bleach,
and let it soak. The cheap plastic jobs at local home repair
stores (Home Depot, Eagle, Lowes, etc) work well, and don't
really need plumbing connections.

If that doesn't work, I'm interested in knowing your luck
with dying the items. The laundry tub would work well for
that too :)


On Thu, 29 Jun 2000, Douglas Quebbeman wrote:

> Without getting the entire "Preserve vs. Restore" argument
> started again, has anyone ever found a way to restore the
> original beige color to plastic skins that have discolored
> due to long exposure to UV?
> I'm assuming what's happening is more than just the lighter
> elements of the plastic evaporating, but rather that some
> kind of chemical change is taking place that likely can't
> be reversed.
> I would think paint to not be a solution; at least not for
> me, as it always takes better hand/eye coordination than I
> can manage.
> How about dyes? Has anyone tried some kind of analine dye
> to restore beige plastic? Dyes spread more evenly and I
> think can even penetrate perhaps a few microns.
> thanks,
> -doug quebbeman
Received on Thu Jun 29 2000 - 08:39:16 BST

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