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Was given an Atari 5200 recently, which has kickstarted my long dormant need to start restoring/collecting classic consoles and computers.

 

What are the basics everybody should have in a "retro-restore" kit? Even the cheap stuff, so that you don't get halfway through a project then grumble because you have to run down the street and spend two bucks buying something. What I've got so far is:

 

Soldering Kit

Desoldering wick & pump

Electronics kit with a bunch of resisters/capacitors (none of which will be what I need, but I tried...)

Conductive paint/pen

Screwdriver with all the weird bits

Drill with small bits

99.9% alcohol

Q-Tips

Baking soda

Magic Eraser(s)

Paper Towels

Windex

Goo-Gone

 

What else will I find extremely useful to have? (I need to replace my helping hands I lost in a move...) Particular IC socket sizes that should always be on hand?

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CD wipes & a credit card for cleaning inside of connectors, maybe?

 

Forgot about that. Where I work, we used to have card readers and printers that used what was basically a fabric card soaked with rubbing alcohol for cleaning its innards. I bet I could order those online and use them.

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My kit includes:

 

Various sized phillips and flat head screwdrivers

Tri-wing screwdriver (for Game Boy systems)

Security bits for Nintendo and Sega cartridges

Spudger tool

Magnetized screw tray

Soldering iron with various sized tips

High quality solder

Solder wick

Soldering sponge

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Power drill with various sized bits (for hardware mods)

Dremel tool with grinding and buffing wheels (again for hardware mods)

Small hacksaw (for hardware mods yet again)

Metal hobby file set (for smoothing rough edges of plastic after hardware mods)

Various sized rulers (measure 5 times, cut once)

Needle-nose and slip-joint pliers

Several cans of compressed air

Q-Tips

Paper towels

70% Isopropyl alcohol

Goo Gone

DeoxIT D5

Threadlocker RED

Clear Weld Epoxy (2 Ton Strength)

Elmer's All Purpose Glue Stick (for reattaching loose cartridge labels)

Shin-Etsu Grease (for lubricating arcade stick components)

White lithium grease (for lubricating gears and laser tracks in disc based systems)

3-in-1 Oil (for lubricating trackball bearings)

Bag o' Ferrite Beads

50g microswitches (for arcade joysticks)

20g microswitches (for arcade buttons)

.187" Quick disconnect terminals with insulated covers (for the aforementioned microswitches)

22 AWG insulated wire

Heat shrink tubing

Wire stripper and crimper tool

Electrical tape

 

 

Whew! I think that about covers everything! The one thing above all else that I'd recommend having if you're going to be working on Atari systems is a can of DeoxIT D5. That stuff works wonders for cleaning corrosion out of system switch contacts and making flakey switches work just like new again. :)

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Forgot about that. Where I work, we used to have card readers and printers that used what was basically a fabric card soaked with rubbing alcohol for cleaning its innards. I bet I could order those online and use them.

 

Let me know if you find those, I'd much prefer that to the credit cards or piles of system-specific devices I currently have!

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