|Before & After|
Intro: Released in the summer 1987 this controller mimicked the popular arcade systems of the era. It features a full size joystick, speed controlled turbo buttons and slow motion options. An amazing piece of gaming nostalgia.
Electrical Contact Cleaner (or Rubbing Alcohol)
Needle Nose Pliers
Soap & Water
Getting Started1.Remove the ball from the joystick and lift the gray turbo knobs out. Under the gray knobs you'll find a recessed nut. I used needle nose pliers to loosen it (my socket set did not fit)
2. After removal flip over the controller. Remove all six screws and slowly release the bottom plate. Four corner screw are hidden under rubber feet. These can be reattached later with double sided tape.
4. Slowly lift the board and watch for falling pieces. Sit aside all buttons, pads and the smaller black plate from the joystick circuit board, it clips into place and is easy to remove.
|Remove Black plate to expose board for cleaning|
Concentrate on these button contacts while cleaning. These contacts are the root of many intermittent problems.
Take your time and clean the entire board. Wipe down all the grime with Electrical Contact Cleaner or rubbing alcohol, a soft bristle toothbrush works well for scrubbing.
5. Soak all the loose buttons and rubber contacts in a mild solution of dish soap and warm water. Its safe and very effective. Use a q-tip to remove stubborn dirt. Dry Parts completely before assembly.
6. Optional: Cleaning Gray Case and Buttons. The safest first step in brightening dingy plastic is Oxy-Clean. I usually add 2-3 tablespoons per gallon and soak the item for a few hours. After soaking I polish the items with Novus #1 or #2 Plastic cleaner.
For heavily yellowed items I use the Peroxide Process which involves 12% peroxide solution and sunlight. This process is dangerous and safety precautions need to be followed. Read more HERE for a full tutorial.
|Correct Placement of Buttons.|
|Correct Placement of Pads|