As someone who has done a lot of restoration of older computers from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, I’ve started to wonder about how some of our keebs will last over the long term (say 10-20 years from now or longer). For example, lube. It’s quite common for the grease or oil used in vintage computers to turn to glue over time, preventing a disk drive from functioning, for example. How long will the lube we apply last?
What about things like tape mods on PCBs? Tape has a tendency to dry out and flake away over time. And what about the various gasket materials or sound-deadening foam? All of these can potentially deteriorate over time. I’m sure it depends on the exact materials used, but I can’t help but be reminded of the rubberized materials I’ve seen on older electronics that are now turning sticky and gross as they break down. And I’ve already seen some of my ABS keycaps turn yellow in just a matter of 2-3 years.
Just wondering if anyone else had thought about this.