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Hi!

 

I just got my first Atari computer & I love it! My machine is pretty close to mint, but I was wondering about the color of the plastic body: What color should it be? Is it supposed to be grey-ish white? Is it grey-ish beige? Photos online are all different. I guess lighting has a part to play in the photos? Does the XE change color with time?

 

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Does the XE change color with time?

It most certainly does. It starts off grey and usually ends up beige/yellow/brown depending on where it was stored. The keyboards likewise start off very pale grey and often end up mustard yellow. See the pinned restoration threads for tips on dealing with this.

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Really? Did yours turn yellow, or does the XEGS turn brown-ish?

 

It took on a the vaguest olive tone which I didn't at all mind, so I gave it one light Retr0Brite treatment and left it at that. If after thirty years discolouration is tolerable and - most importantly - not getting any worse, it's often best to leave it alone. The keyboard was another matter, however: intensive peroxide treatment was required. ;)

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Uhhhh is that price serious ? Sounds insane to me. I'm selling a near mint set with keyboard if you're interested and it has no yellowing as far as I can tell.....see (good) pics in this thread:

 

 

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/249923-fs-mint-xegs-game-system-pal/?hl=%2Bfs+%2Batari+%2Bxegs

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Does this look like is has changed color? Can plastics change color even when they are not sun exposed?

 

Yes. Artificial light (especially fluorescent bulbs) produces the UV rays that accelerate yellowing. Some (poorly mixed) plastics turned yellow just from exposure to air. For example, these Nintendo consoles contain case parts made from different batches of plastic:

 

http://i.imgur.com/MQEesl1.jpg

 

The problem with bad plastic batches is you don't find out about it until much later unless you specifically test for it.

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Uhhhh is that price serious ? Sounds insane to me. I'm selling a near mint set with keyboard if you're interested and it has no yellowing as far as I can tell.....see (good) pics in this thread:

 

 

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/249923-fs-mint-xegs-game-system-pal/?hl=%2Bfs+%2Batari+%2Bxegs

 

Hi! I sent you a PM! Did you get it? :)

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Uhhhh is that price serious ? Sounds insane to me. I'm selling a near mint set with keyboard if you're interested and it has no yellowing as far as I can tell.....see (good) pics in this thread:

 

 

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/249923-fs-mint-xegs-game-system-pal/?hl=%2Bfs+%2Batari+%2Bxegs

 

Hi! Did you get my last PM? Thanks!

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