What can I use for a flat on/off light switch that won't yellow?

by Phyl
We built our house 15 years ago. We had flat on/off light switches installed. All of them have yellowed/discolored and are no longer white. One dimmer switch that was replaced 10 years ago is still white. The switch plate surrounding the flat on/off switch is still white. Does anyone know why they have discolored? A salesman at Home Depot said it was because they contain vinyl. I would like to replace them, but don't know what to use. Any suggestions?
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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jun 15, 2017

    @Phyl, you didn't say at what point in the last fifteen years you noticed the flat buttons had yellowed. If somebody in your house smokes, the nicotine will definitely yellow some plastics, plus any fabric/textile, plus the windows and much more. If it were only one switch, I would guess sunlight, but it's probably not that. The plastic just might not be made to stay white for fifteen years--shame on the manufacturer. Anyway, you can buy replacement flat switches at the big box home improvement stores and in lighting and hardware stores. Be sure to turn off the electricity if you are going to work with electricity. OR, you could use a half inch flat brush and paint them white again. Maybe the switches will last for another fifteen years. Best wishes 😇

  • Vivian Vivian on Jun 15, 2017

    Use contact paper, wall paper or colored tape to cover what you have. Each is removable if it is not to your taste.

  • Squ25096485 Squ25096485 on Jun 15, 2017

    try nail polish remover, a guy that works at home depot gave me this hint about 5 years ago when helping my son flip a house that had so much smokers damage that the ceilings needed 5 coats of kilz to cover

  • Thora Hausler. Thora Hausler. on Jun 16, 2017

    Paint orcover with contact paper

  • Switchplate covers are relatively inexpensive. Take the old ones to the store with you to purchase new ones.