As documented here at the 'Yard on many occasions though, this gamer is a bit thick and has quite a short attention span. That, and the whole Retr0brite thing just seems a bit like too much trouble as the ingredients (the actual ones) are a little difficult to get hold of here in the good old UK. Imagine my interest then, when I discovered that there is a product available to buy for little more than a few pounds here in my homeland, that promised to yield the same results as those bizarre US-only hair serums and the fabled Retr0brite. Yes, it costs just £1.69 a bottle and is available from both Superdrug and Boots. Before I go on, I'm aware that these two stores may not operate in your country, but the product I'm about to share with you is available through Amazon too, so fear not. It's this:
DreamPod guest) Adam Koralik's video on the subject of console whitening, but being annoyed that the product he tested out wasn't readily available in the UK. After noting down the particulars of the product (40 Vol 12% peroxide...whatever that means), I quickly discovered that an alternative - the thing listed up there - was easily obtainable from most UK pharmacies for less than the price of a lottery ticket...and if you'll excuse the piss-poor segue, once you see the results garnered from using this stuff on one of my Dreamcast shells, you'll think you've hit the jackpot. See, I told you it was poor.
So, with much trepidation I stripped down my most yellowed PAL system and gave the shell a good old scrub with a sponge and some warm soapy water so get rid of all the accumulated gunk and dust collected in the assorted grooves and divets. I left it to air dry for a few hours and then once all the water was gone, I set to work liberally dousing the thing in the Jerome Russell stuff. Weirdly, it doesn't actually smell of anything - I was expecting the pungent aroma of regular hair dying kits...but no. Using a thin paintbrush I smothered the Dreamcast shell in a moderate coating and then wrapped it in cling film to stop it from drying out before the peroxide could do it's thing.
|Bet you've never seen a Dreamcast sun bathing before!|
|Before (the left is the one I whitened)|
|After (the left is the whitened one, with the sticker replaced)|