I Restored This 2$ Ebay Junk Game Boy Color – Retro Console Restoration & Repair



After a while of searching I was able to find bad enough Game Boy for my restoration videos only for $2. Usually I have to pay a little extra for the worst items. The console was sold as junk and for spares but pretty much everything except the speaker is broken. The mother board doesn’t power on. The shell is badly yellowed. Stickers are in terrible condition and the screen is badly burned. I will try to restore this fully rather than use it as spares for easier projects because I’d still have to fix most of the parts. The Gameboy T-shirt is no longer available. It was limited time only.

I started the restoration by trying to get the power on. First I tried to clean corroded the contacts but that was no use. The power switch was working fine which meant the board was bad. Luckily I was able to find the broken part with a second GB color I have. The connection from one battery terminal had broken quite near the terminal I soldered a wire between the spots that were supposed to have a connection and it worked. This might not always work because it might leave something out of the circuit.
The corroded terminal was hard to clean while it was on the board so I desoldered it and removed the corrosion with rust remover, after which it was plated with nickel. Nickel will protect it from corrosion to certain extent. Nickel plating tutorial:

Now that I had power I could fix the screen. To fix “screen burn” I need to remove the burn polarizing filter and replace It with a new one. A sharp blade can be used to get the start but after that the filter will peel off by hand. Some of the glue will stay on the screen. I removed it with Isopropyl alcohol. All glue must be removed or the new polarizing filter will have bubbles. When putting a new polarizing filter on one must figure out which way the polarizing filter works best on the screen. It will only work at a certain angle.

I also removed the yellowing from the plastic shell which was supposed to be colorless. For this I used the same retrobrighting method as always. H2O2 and UV-light. Full tutorial here:

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  • BMO watching this
    👁👄👁

    I got hella scared from that random whoosh sound

    Anonymous Ly July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • 13:28

    X-Costic July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • I wish there was a way to like a video 1000 times.

    JimHarm July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • The one thing I learned: Isopropyl Alcohol is the new Duck Tape.

    ragnocroft July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • I appreciated the whole video but the last part with the Pokémon names, just lovable

    Daphunkyzz In Da House July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • just discovered this channel… and I already am obsessed with the doctor…i will find all the references

    El Diab6o July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Imagine how white his teeth would be shining

    WithUmar July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Deserve an appreciation to bring back life to an old Game Boy. Well done!

    bhargavsura July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Охуеть! Ты с другой планеты чувак! Я поражён! 👍 А ты можешь реставрировать СССР?

    Evgeniy Kremplin July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Anyone else feel like when he does the final reveal it would be funny if it turned into one of those videos where they guy like makes a massive mess with his feet and throws the game boy into a load of sauce and chucks it into a furnace 😂 after all that hard work lol

    ballsworker97 July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • ductor!!

    Mahyuddin Yusof July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • How the hell this the case get so gross what

    Wolf Wolf July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • let's be honest we all just like when he puts the thing in the vat of stuff and it becomes nice and new

    that1ben July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa wow!!!!!!!!!

    александр свида July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • You should sell this at pawn stars lol!

    MR hacker July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • ducktor is funny name!

    Piotr Ostrowski July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • do you turn on game boy color right after cleaning the switch? yes or no?

    Piotr Ostrowski July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • 🤣🤣🤣🤝🤝🤝👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍🤝👏👏👏🤗🤗🤗

    Законопослушный Гражданин! July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Nice

    kirby warrior July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Can brake kleen be used to remove adhesives? Idk if it is conducting but I use it non electrical things to remove adhesive

    Don's Calc Tutorials July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • こんなゴリゴリの技術持った人が育江さんピカチュウでノリノリなってるの草

    卍ビチクソ丸 July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • They should call you over haul.

    Mikail Thomas July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Love from India ❤️

    The Navigator July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • The ducktor 😍

    Shepherd Sam July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • The way you dealing with GBC makes we wondering your Full-time job must be Bombsquad specialist.

    dab Chang July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Keren bro….👍

    oenan smart phone July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • You are my hero! I just watched this video and I recently found my old Game Boy Color! You showed me how I could fix the battery acid that was thankfully leaked only within the battery case itself! Using the Vinegar I had on hand I was able to restore my beloved console from my childhood. Thank you, thank you, thank you forever for having allowed me to return a piece of my childhood to functionality. You are amazing.

    mishizoko July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • me:want to focus on the restoring
    him: isopropyl alcohol will fix the problem!

    Anas Fikri July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Buenas noches amigo ayudame por favor a ganar suscriptores o a colocar un enlace mio para generar un poquito de dinero, has ganado un poco más de 3 millones este años. saludos
    O sino ayudame a como ganar suscriptores.

    Deyvis Rea July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • mezmorising wish i could do this stuff ,defo in the next life

    kez kez July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Brake cleaner is awesome for removing sticker glue. It‘s harsh stuff but might work?

    StoneCut July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • So, where can I get the kit you used at 1:37 EDIT OMG THANK YOU FOR LINK IT IN THE DESCRIPTION

    midorialexandros July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • This is very satisfying to watch! Very talented with restoring such a great piece.

    Maya Bella July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • How do you manage waste substances? :0

    Roberto Ostetrico July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • I pissed myself laughing seeing the names of all your pokemon on screen! xD Well played 😉
    Another fantastic video. Well done and thank you 🙂

    risistor318 July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Is this the same guy as Rescue and Restore?? Seems like it

    DZ AT July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply
  • Game bot chilgode

    Kus Rianto July 8, 2020 11:13 am Reply

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