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.
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.
Some painting, then sanding, then more painting.. Plus new t-molding all-around, and replaced faded marquee with a reproduction.
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.
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.
Coin door was fully disassembled, some rust cleaned up, repainted and new locks added.
End result! It’s not a 10/10 maybe an 8 out of 10, but good enough