LOCA Pro Tip | Spidering Kyle C. - November 19 2015
Uncured LOCA under your GameBoy Color or Gameboy Advance frontlight's reflective tape can cause an issue known as spidering. This terms is used to describe the cracked, hazy and just plain unsightly lines that appear under your frontlight panel. Worry not, there is a way to help prevent and to fix this problem.
One of the best things you can do to prevent spidering is to remove the front and back reflective tape and cure the LOCA underneath to prevent uncured loca from leaking and the panel from flexing after installation. The bottom area of the frontlight panel hold LOCA that will succumb to gravity if not cured. UV light will not penetrate the silver reflective strip. Once you cure the glue underneath, replace the reflective tape to remove some of your hotspots. This will help eliminate defects and keep your frontlight application perfect. This step will be important for the GBA frontlight as you have a longer area of tape and uncued LOCA to deal with. There is less space in the GBA case as well so a little extra prep work will keep your install flawless for years to come.
What are some of your methods for installing frontlights? What have you found helpful in creating a lasting LOCA bond?