There’s been a bit more work on the “pimped” C64 this weekend. The first job that really needed doing was servicing the keyboard, so the shift lock was unsoldered and the circuit board taken off, then the key tops removed so that they and more importantly the contacts on the underside of the plastic could be separated for cleaning:
And finally, all of the plastics were lobbed into a hot bath for half an hour to soak before literally being hung out to dry since we’ve got some surprisingly strong clothes pegs.
Then, after over two hours of methodically reassembling the keyboard whilst watching Strictly along with about a hour this morning to re-solder the shift lock and screw everything back together, it looks like this…
…which is probably how it’ll look in the Oldschool Gaming area at at Play this coming weekend. The badges and power LED still need to be changed out (I’ve broken the latter trying to get it out of the shell so it doesn’t work and couldn’t find any blue LEDs in my parts box anyway) but I’m quite pleased with how it came out after the cleaning and the shiny plastic was down to using WD40 on a cloth, a tip I picked up from a Retro Game Tech video on YouTube.
I did end up wondering something during this process as well, these cases are pretty robust so what happens if you put them in a dishwasher…?
The answer is that it didn’t do a perfect job (if I’d dried it before taking the “after” picture that might have helped) and will need a bit more TLC at some point, but the results were reasonable especially considering how grubby the insides of the case were going in, so that’s one to remember in future.