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DIY# 2 Cleaning outside of your nes games... Tips and tricks to get that nes game looking new again.

On 03/20/2013 at 03:21 PM by True Gamer At Heart

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Guns Blazing

Ok my last blog was about opening up a nes controller and cleaning it..Blog located here if you have not read it..Love me some free plugging lol. Ok so this will be my second DIY Blog. In this blog we will talk about cleaning up the outside of the game. Do you what I am talking about?? People put stuff on there..Usally with some alcohol you can wipe it away..But the most frusting thing is to me is..When they write their name on the game..Who does that..I want to see people comment to see if you were one of those people!!Yell


Back to the point a lot of times I pick up games from the flea martket, thrift shops and resale shops. And I happen to come across a lot of games like this..Meet the enemy...SHARPIE!! Why put your name on it??

No fear, I have come across methods to take it off..For example..


Who is hoppe?? What is that number..Is it his social security number?? Why did he or she colored in the top half of the game..A black rectangle?? Why or why?? No matter we will removie it!!!

First thing I like to do is use alcholol..

Good Stuff

Put some careful. You do not want to get it on the label of the game, it could ruin it..So i use a cheap spray bottle..I spray on the areas and let it do it's thing..As you can see in this picture you see some of the ink is staring to come off!

Running down

It is running down, grab a paper towel and wipe away and try again..I do this about 3 or 4 times..Then I start to really try to scrub it down using the paper towel. Now in this case..It just got some of the stronger ink off but you can still see it..


Sharpie is winning..Don't worry I have a secret weapon that has yet to fail me. Time to bring out the guns..or in this case bring out the shinny bald head. Mr Clean!!!!

Mr clean

You are more likely looking like this Surprised

Well let me give you the exact mr clean product, cause there is a lot of them.

Use this...

Magic Eraser

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Now in the picture you see extra power?? It is supposed to be stronger and last longer..But the normal ones should be fine. It will just say Mr clean magic eraser. I happen to get this cause it was on sale and it was cheaper than the normal ones! So yeah I had to get it. It is like a sponge that will scrub that sharpie away!

This box comes with 2 pieces. I just tear a piece on one of the scrubs and use it..As you can see in the picture up there! Put some water not too much and and get to scrubbing!!

After some scrubbing and going at it..You will start to see that the sharpie red and black paint start to fade away..

Fading away


Keep on scrubing away and you will get all that sharpie off! The end result is that you have a nes cartridge that is now sharpie free! Like nothing was ever there!

Nothing here!

back clean!

The only little drawback is that the sponge is kinda like a finely grit sandpaper..So the texture of the cart may be a tad off..But you will not be able to notice at all as you see in the pictures!!

My next DIY Blog..Which is #3, will be about opening up the nes cartridge and cleaning the game to make it work like new again!

Thanks for reading and post comments when you can guys!!



Remy LeBeau

03/20/2013 at 03:32 PM

That line about Mr. Clean had me laughing a lot. He's the man! Cool 

What happened to the label of your game? Did Hoppe rip it off?

True Gamer At Heart

03/20/2013 at 04:54 PM

No lol Maybe I should change the picture lol

Thanks good to know I made you laugh!!

He is the man no doubt!

Super Step Contributing Writer

03/20/2013 at 10:40 PM

I never wrote my name on my games, I don't think. I'm going to write Mr. Clean on one of them now, though. Tongue Out Nah, just kidding, good blog. At first I was thinking this would be about cleaning the inside, but we all know that requires blowing. lol

True Gamer At Heart

03/20/2013 at 11:54 PM

Not really found a better way rather than blowing lol

Super Step Contributing Writer

03/21/2013 at 08:59 AM

Yeah, there's more sanitary ways than blowing on it I'm sure, but that's just what we always did. lol I still regret buying a cleaning kit for N64 cartridges I never needed, though, as the method worked for those as well in my case.

But yeah, I'm sure there's a better way to do it, and I see it's your next blog, so there ya go. lol


03/21/2013 at 09:11 AM

The moisture from blowing on NES contacts will damage the games over time. That method doesn't work hardly at all anyways. I take mine apart and use Brasso to clean them. Makes em work like brand new.


03/21/2013 at 01:13 PM

Blowing is bad.  Blowing screws up the cart and then it screws up the console and then it screws up other games that have been in the console.  Over time, it 'f's up everything.  It's like a std for videogames. :D


03/23/2013 at 09:57 PM

I wish I still had my nes and my nes games to clean. (pouts) These days I use roms and emulators to go "old school". Blasphemy I know, but it saves space!


04/01/2013 at 12:37 PM

Magic eraser is great!  It works on almost anything.  Lovin this NES cleaning info!

True Gamer At Heart

04/01/2013 at 01:14 PM

Yep it sure does!!

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