Restore Faded Knobs with Antibiotic Ointment

By Jason Fitzpatrick on April 17th, 2012

If you’re looking to put a showroom shine on old electronics knobs, this clever trick will polish up old plastic in no time.

Courtesy of Flickr user Linux-Works:

background: I bought a very old (1960’s or 70’s, roughly) power supply from ebay, in need of rejuvenation.

look at the two red knobs, top group and bottom group. both knobs were removed from the device, very thoroughly cleaned with hot water, soap and a sponge, then air dried. I was hoping that simply cleaning the knobs would be enough. it wasn’t.

so, how did I get the top knob pair to be so nice and shiny?

triple antibiotic ointment!

the stuff that comes out of a small tube that you use on skin cuts before you put a bandage on ;) it has a vaseline like base and this appears to bond (?) to the plastic or somehow refresh it.

its good for when your hands are dry; but apparently its also good for when your 40 year old knobs are dry, too! LOL

just wipe on, let set for a minute or so, then wipe off.

There’s a huge difference between the untreated lower knob and the treated upper knob; we’re definitely filing this one away for future projects.

How to Restore Shine to Faded Knobs [via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/17/12
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