Ok this may be totally stupid but I know that minor scratches on an automobile can be buffed out by a professional. Could we do the same w the VB lenses and what solution would be safe? >B
How’d they get scratched?
I would go to a plastics store (one that sells sheets of various plastics), and buy a small bottle of “plastic polish”. It’s a very fine abrasive in a water suspension; a piece of toilet paper (about the only thing that won’t leave more scratches), a few minutes of elbow grease (polish in a circular motion) and your scratches should be gone.
I use the stuff often to fix DVD’s; someone gave me “Aliens in the Attic”, looked like it had spent time in a parking lot; got it to play without skipping…
* A lens is used to refract light, usually for magnification. The Virtual Boy does have lenses in it, but they’re inside the display between the mirror and the LEDs. Those, unless I’m mistaken, are glass and should be nearly impossible to scratch.
* A filter is used to restrict light passing through an area, as is the case with the red plastic eye pieces you look into. Those are decidedly plastic, and are on the exterior of the device, so they can be easily scratched.
I’m guessing you’re referring to the red filters, in which case I’m no expert on how to repair scratches. What I did personally was purchase a couple of defunct VB units on eBay, for real cheap because they didn’t work correctly. I was able to fix the displays in one of them, and used the other’s red filters as spare parts.