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Getting Atari 2600 cartridges ready for new labels


AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol

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So a couple weeks ago I stumbled upon this post from pboland where he's selling replacement labels for cartridges.  I was intrigued because I have a full set of Activision cartridges, but the labels on the majority of them are in a poor state.  After doing the math and needing some new distraction, I decided to order a full replacement set.

 

Now, I think I will probably not touch the more rarer carts like Cosmic Commuter, Ghostbusters, Rampage, etc but will do the more common one.  I already had some duplicates, so I decided to get started.

 

I got some Goo Gone from Home Depot and a plastic scrapper that I ordered from Amazon.  I had a metal one that I use for glass, but didn't want to use something that could scratch it. 

 

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I did read the post about removing the labels and decided considering that I used Goo Gone before that I would have slightly adjust my approach.  I decided to dump half the bottle in a plastic container and let the cartridges soak in it for a couple of hours.

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The fluid level is low enough so that it's very unlikely to touch the circuitry inside since I didn't want to open it.

 

Other than leaving the top section soaked for a few minutes, the labels came off super-easy with the scrapper and was able to clean up any residue with a rag.  One still had a pricing tag and that came off no problem as well.

 

Space Shuttle, Keystone Kapers and Stampede are ready!

 

 

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I'm currently hunting for some bargains in getting some Activision carts from FB Marketplace, eBay and Kijiji.  Based on a couple of appointments I should have about 30 or so cartridges in the next few days.  Surprised how hard it is to find reasonably-priced carts of Skiing and Tennis!

 

Edited by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol

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