(Topic ID: 102198)

How can I clean the nicotine out of plastics?...

By PNorth

6 years ago

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#1 6 years ago

I'm restoring a T2. I've cleaned all surfaces of the playfield plastics with Novus 1, as well as glass cleaner, and got a lot of the dirt off. However, some of these plastics are supposed to be clear, and there is a yellowing of the plastic that I can't get clear again. I've been told that it's likely nicotine, but I can't get it clean. See photo.

Is there anything or any technique that will get these plastics clear again?

Many thanks,


#2 6 years ago

you have to "flash it" or "flame it" with a torch but do it carefully ....... there are a few videos online of people doing it you could look up its actually quite simple

#3 6 years ago

Prob. not nicotine. Most likely just yellowing plastics which happens over the yrs. No way to remove it.

#4 6 years ago

If it's nicotine, then Krud Kutter will remove it, but be careful, as it eats any latex based paint (usually the white coating behind plastics, marquess, backglasses), but a quick swipe over with instant rinse is usually safe. (Test with a dark cloth).

However, this likely isn't nicotine, but rather bromine (from flame retardants) or something else in the plastic that reacted to UV. In which case you can try to do a Retr0brite treatment on it and it MAY work.




#5 6 years ago

I've tried the retrobrite on pinball plastics before. It is amazing on molded plastics like the sttng shuttlecraft, but it does not work on the flat screened plastics like you have here. It actually will destroy the graphics before afecting the yellowing.

#6 6 years ago

I'm working on a T2 with the same yellowed plastics issue currently (and a few broken). Seems the T2 plastics are unobtanium. Boo.

#7 6 years ago

It is not nicotine and "flaming" it or using retrobrite is not going to help. The plastics on T2 are always yellowed (they must have used a different type of plastic on this game). I've never found a solution other than to live with it.

#8 6 years ago

I experimented with a yellowed clear plastics. I wet sanded the shit out of it thinking I would eventually remove the bad..discolored layer..then buffed and flamed polished.

Other than it being baby ass smooth..it didn't change the coloring

#9 6 years ago

The problem is the yellow goes all the way through the plastic.

#10 6 years ago

Hey guys,

Thanks for the responses, as they are very much appreciated! You guys are awesome!

I was beginning to get the feeling that the yellowing was throughout the plastic, rather than something on the surface. Such a shame that this happens.

Many thanks,

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