RE: [midatlanticretro] retrobrite was Re: Today's rescue
- I read about retrobrite some time ago and was excited about the prospects.
However, sounds like it may not last, and it may cause irreversible changes
(perhaps making the plastic more brittle). That all being the case, I'm
thinking it's not worth trying for my purposes. In most cases, the
yellowing isn't too bad...but I have seen one or two old machines (nothing
special by the way, just run of the mill semi-modern junk) that were so
yellowed it was just nasty looking...in those cases, it would be nice to
de-yellow it! Perhaps given more time, the chemists will figure out how to
de-yellow without causing problems...or how to preserve plastic. I've got a
1992 Dodge Caravan that I dream of fixing up as needed and driving for as
long as possible...hopefully as long as I'm capable of driving anyway. :-)
Yes, I know, and odd vehicle...but it was my first, and I figure given
enough time, it will become a rarity...already don't see many left on the
road! Anyway...I digress...point being, it has lots of plastic in its
internal construction, dash, etc...I worry about the ravages of time, sun,
heat, & humidity. So far it's holding up ok...but who knows what another 20
years will do to it...same thing for our vintage machines, except they
(hopefully) aren't hanging out in direct sunlight all the time.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Kelly D. Leavitt
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2013 11:01 AM
Subject: [midatlanticretro] retrobrite was Re: Today's rescue
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<mailto:midatlanticretro%40yahoogroups.com> , "Evan Koblentz" <evan@...>
> PS, vast majority of stuff that'll be for sale desperately needs
>I have never understood the desire to retrobrite these machines. If I have a
30 year old machine, I expect it to look like a 30 year old machine.
In other collectables, changing the exterior of the item seriously alters
any value. Not that many of these machines have value.
If you want to show what it looked like, have an advertisement or picture
from the day available.
Just my $0.02 on the subject of retrobrite.