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And painted with grey primer and satin black


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My intention to restore the kick panel and play areas either side of the bezel was to overlay with self adhesive vinyl

Both areas had a horrible glossy paint on it that had been badly applied. It took alot of work but I managed to get the paint runs and orange peel effect off - and most of the paint with surgical spirit and kitchen roll

Sadly the original black laminate didn't come up as good as I had hoped - otherwise I would have left the original black laminate as the final surface

And the play areas had missing vinyl and gouges that had to be filled






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I started on the play areas either side of the bezel. made paper templates first as there was a few angle to cut 




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Then once the paper template proved accurate, used it to cut the shape from Pica Black self adhesive vinyl

Cut with a sharp Stanley knife and a 1m straight edge on a large flat sheet of laminated chipboard

Then carefully applied to cabinet, smoothing down to ensure no air bubbles and then adhesive warmed with a hot air gun to ensure maximum adhesion

As you can see I made these 1/2" bigger than the edge of the cabinet so they could be trimmed with a Stanley blade once applied - and hopefully would be a nice tight fit to the edge of new T moulding












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Small area to side of control panel was a seperate piece. I joined these two separate panels with a 45 degree join that I hoped would not be too visible






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Speaker panel re-vinyled and X slices made through the vinyl, once applied, for bolt holes




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Small angles pieces on vinyl cut to go up and over the marquee area and extend to rear of cabinet where the join between new and old won't be seen




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Vinyl patches to cover repairs to cabinet internally




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Kick panel






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That looks like painstaking work cutting all that vinyl! It does give a nice result though.
I need to go back through this resto from the beginning and read it properly.
Keep up the good work!
My cabs: Track and Field, Mr.Do, Pacmania, Space Ace, Gorf, Jungle King, Astron Belt, Gyruss, OutRun, Frogger, Defender, Return of the Jedi, M.A.C.H 3, Firefox, Tron.
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Next was to apply the new side art. As I mentioned earlier this was obtained from Phoenix Arcade and was made from the original Atari films. Comparing it to samples of the old artwork I had removed it was a perfect match in terms of scale and finish

I had it stored rolled up for over a year, so left it for a a couple of days to relax, laid out flat


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I laid the side art out on the cabinet side, and started marking where the edges of the cabinet should be with masking tape. These references were from dimensions I had taken before removing the old side art from key points on the image - namely the planets at the top of the artwork and the space ship toward the bottom

When moving the artwork a few millimetres in each direction to get an accurate position on the cabinet side, I had to weigh it down with what items I had to hand in the garage

With help of an assistant (the wife - she's well practised in applying side art and vinyl after al these years!) I cut off the bottom 1/3 of the backing paper, holding the artwork off the cabinet sides. Then smoothed down the bottom 1/3 which would fix the artwork in place

Then cut off the backing paper to approx 2/3 up and smoothed that down. I didn't take too much backing paper off in one go and try to apply it all as the artwork is quite thin and difficult to handle

then once 2/3 of the art was fixed I removed the backing paper from the top 1/3 and smoothed that down to completion

Applied the heat gun all over to soften the adhesive and aid adhesion










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Trimmed excess vinyl off to the edge of the cabinet by carefully running a fresh sharp Stanley knife blade along the edge




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Next was to fit the new 3/4" smooth black T moulding.

I like to have my T moulding run all the way round and meet on the lower edge with no gaps

I had to take little v cuts out of the "fin" on some of the bends to get the moulding to fit nicely, and add a sot or two of hot melt glue in these locations











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And repeat for LH panel..........










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At this stage I could then get the completed cabinet onto the sack barrow and place the empty shell back into the gamesroom


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Next was to start on the metalwork

The control panel fitted to the cabinet before disassembly was a little bent - it had a bad curve in it's upper edge. I had took the decision way back then to source a straight one for use in the restoration

This was one of my many spare parts purchases in the 2 years prior to staring the restoration

I stripped the old decal and put it with all the other metalwork (marquee rails, speaker grille coin door) for stripping the old finish with Nitromors pant stripper


















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The Nitromors didn't quite obtain the clean bare metal on all the components that I've found in the past - some of the paint and old control panel overlay adhesive was just too stubborn

So off it went to my shotblasting guy for a going over with aluminium oxide grit to clean off all old coatings and give me clean bare metal ready for a uniform re-finish








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The plastic coin slot and coin return flap bezels had been sprayed over in the past when someone tried to "refresh" the coin door

They just looked plain wrong - thick black glossy paint over them

I found I could get this of with surgical spirit and lost of rubbing with paper towels and eventually using a Dremel tool with a rotating nylon brush to get into the "texture" of the plastic mouldings

Eventually got the paint off and back to the original bare plastic with a satin black finish


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Nitromors definitely isnt as effective as it used to be. Going to be fantastic when completed!

Can I ask what the bike on your wall with the mag wheels is?
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