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Midnight Resistance arcade cabinet restore

Cab wasn’t terrible when I got it – two chunks of wood missing, lot of mold and dust, but the wood and vinyl fundamentally ok, so I decided to paint it rather than re-apply vinyl or laminate.

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Tried out ‘wood’ Bondo rather than regular Bondo to patch up scuffs and missing pieces.  I used some spare t-molding as a guide to fill the missing chunk at the control panel, worked out quite well.  Also filled in the holes from those big ugly lock bars, not putting them back on.

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Some painting, then sanding, then more painting..  Plus new t-molding all-around, and replaced faded marquee with a reproduction.

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I swapped out the plain joystick tops with some burn marks for some Data East logo tops I’ve had sitting around for a while.  They aren’t perfect but better.

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Reproduction control panel overlay added and NOS side-art that I’ve been hoarding for a while.  Original bezel remains even though it has some stains and a rip.  Might change it out later.

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Coin door was fully disassembled, some rust cleaned up, repainted and new locks added.

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End result!  It’s not a 10/10 maybe an 8 out of 10, but good enough :)

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2 Responses to Midnight Resistance arcade cabinet restore

  1. Chase023 says:

    Did you remove all the blue vinyl before painting it or did you just sand parts of the vinyl and paint over it? What blue is the paint?

    • bmcphail says:

      The original vinyl was left on, then gouges and holes filled with bondo then light sanding. Paint was Rust-oleum 300115 Satin Classic Navy which isn’t an exact match for the original, but certainly close enough.

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