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Ive been a long time collector and I just got my first 2600 from a friend close by me......its a 4 switch woody. It was very dirty though and i think i cleaned it all up. it works but my question is, is there a good cleaning guide for these or 2600s in general that most people follow? I cleaned it and sprayed wd40 on the switches, works a lot smother. i just want to see a guide to see if i missed anything.

 

Also I was wondering about the heavy sixers. Are they just a collectors item or do they work any better then other models? How much do they go for if I'm interested in getting one?

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Heavy Sixers are desirable for many reasons... different case design, made in Sunnyvale and outputs better colors. Can probably get one for between $60-$100 these days.

 

And be careful with WD-40 and electronics! Should use a true contact or tuner cleaner for switches instead. WD-40 leaves behind a film (remember, it's an oil primarily made to squelch squeeks after all) that's conductive... so you might experience flaky behavior on the contacts you sprayed.

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Ive been a long time collector and I just got my first 2600 from a friend close by me......its a 4 switch woody. It was very dirty though and i think i cleaned it all up. it works but my question is, is there a good cleaning guide for these or 2600s in general that most people follow? I cleaned it and sprayed wd40 on the switches, works a lot smother. i just want to see a guide to see if i missed anything.

 

Also I was wondering about the heavy sixers. Are they just a collectors item or do they work any better then other models? How much do they go for if I'm interested in getting one?

I use WD40 Contact Cleaner works great! Maplins sell it or you can get it on ebay.

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Heavy Sixers were only made for a year from 1977-1978. And about 250,000 were made in it's total production run. They are a highly sought after console and the price has been driven up in recent years. On average it will cost around $70 for a bare system only. And much more depending if any controllers, games, original box, etc. I have one myself and I love it. The color palette is much much better. I wouldn't suggest looking for that particular model on ebay. They are insanely overpriced. I use contact cleaner for my switches. WD-40 is good for lubricating hinges to silence squeaky and grinding sounds.

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I just use these 2 items, one for the exterior of the Atari and one for the INTERIOR, you don't generally need to spend a bundle when cleaning your Atari, "segasaturn", I have 5 4-switch woodgrains and I care for them all the same way. I do agree with "save2600" however on the WD-40 use, WD-40 is typically made for things that "spin" like electrical motors and such, for sliding mechanisms like switches contact cleaner is best. I use this on the switches of my 2600's and on the potentiometers of the paddles with great results. Others have gotten results that differ from mine but also I don't generally saturate the electronics either. Since the contact cleaner I use is quick-drying I apply it only in short bursts for maximum effect. Here are the 2 items I use and am pleased with the results:post-2131-0-97596700-1440002375_thumb.jpg

 

Plus it is also plastic, safe and will not harm your Atari over time:
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Just a couple general points - Light Sixers are much more common than Heavies and therefore less expensive. They typically have excellent video, easily on par with Heavies.

 

4-Switch Woodies are even more common. Some of them have excellent video, some aren't as good. It depends on the motherboard version. I have one with a Rev 14 board that was just okay when I got it. Once I installed a simple resistor on the board in line with the recommendation on the Atari Field Service Guide it became fantastic.

 

Your mileage may vary.

 

 

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