On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 10:49 AM, william degnan <billdegnan at gmail.com> wrote:
I picked up a DEC VR201 display today, it was leaking
a highly corrosive
brown liquid. So corrosive it burned my skin painfully / immediately and
I had to wash hands thoroughly. Anyone come across a display that leaked a
corrosive liquid like that? The display was stored in its original box, so
I don't think the brown liquid was from something stored on top of it, but
I don't know for sure.
I've had brown liquid emit from a VT220 - I think it was the goo
between the CRT and the implosion shield decomposing. I tore it all
apart and cleaned it and put it back in service (it was my first VT220
from 1984...) It's a messy job. I happen to have
working guts of a
VR201 from when I dropped one and busted the CRT 20 years ago...
you don't want to deal with the cleanup/refurb, I can always use
another VR201 (to replace the broken one!). PM me. If you want to do
it yourself, it can be done, but it's a multi-night project, I'd say
(one tip: I used a silicone-based double-stick gel-like "tape" to
remount the implosion protector (with an air gap) because the naked
CRT didn't fit the VT220 housing well enough to make me happy - I'd
approach the VR201 restoration with the same expectation).