(Topic ID: 48595)

Cabinet decal or repaint


By chad

6 years ago



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  • Latest reply 6 years ago by Ranhorton
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    #1 6 years ago

    Just wandering on your opinions of restoring a game. Lets say game is painted but new decals are available. I understand the purity thing, but what route would you go. Is there a certain look or feel to either of them if you will. I know you would still have to prep the cabinet equally for either of them. Just curious.

    #2 6 years ago

    I think it really depends on the game, how much damage it has, etc.
    Was the cabinet painted or decaled in the first place?

    #3 6 years ago
    Quoted from TomGWI:

    I think it really depends on the game, how much damage it has, etc.
    Was the cabinet painted or decaled in the first place?

    I am basing it on my FirePower game. Someday I will get it done.

    #4 6 years ago

    I don't think they make decals for firepower. Someone probably makes a stencil kit so you can paint it. Firepower is a great game.

    #5 6 years ago
    Quoted from TomGWI:

    I don't think they make decals for firepower. Someone probably makes a stencil kit so you can paint it. Firepower is a great game.

    I forgot which Williams pin they made decals for it but was a painted cabinet. Whirlwind or Earthshaker. I cannot recall offhand.

    #6 6 years ago

    There are decals for ES, but personally I'd rather repaint than decal.

    #7 6 years ago

    Just leave it as is. Original is better, unless it is completely trashed. Decals or stencil repainting will never look factory. Learned this lesson the hard way

    #8 6 years ago
    Quoted from Anidor:

    There are decals for ES, but personally I'd rather repaint than decal.

    Wasn't ES decalled originally?

    Pretty sure there are stencils available for Firepower. Paint away!

    #9 6 years ago

    F-14 Tomcat was screened, and decals now available as well as stencils. I think in this case the decals will be better as sharper and more accurate than stencils are they seem to well accepted.

    Some other games are better left done that original way, but if it is a keeper and if you want to do something unique (custom yourself) you can decal but if where going to resell in a few years the price will most definitely be affected as cab would not be done that original way .

    #10 6 years ago

    There is a guy in Aus that does stencils and sure he is a member here as well - Retropin

    http://aussiepinball.com/index.php?topic=10250.15

    There is a firepower stencil kit there

    #11 6 years ago

    Paint it! Decals are a cheap way to cheapen a game. Just ask Stern!

    This is the way to do it!

    Quoted from swinks:

    There is a guy in Aus that does stencils and sure he is a member here as well - Retropin
    http://aussiepinball.com/index.php?topic=10250.15
    There is a firepower stencil kit there

    #12 6 years ago
    Quoted from chad:

    Just wandering on your opinions of restoring a game. Lets say game is painted but new decals are available. I understand the purity thing, but what route would you go. Is there a certain look or feel to either of them if you will. I know you would still have to prep the cabinet equally for either of them. Just curious.

    PAINT!!!

    Phoebe

    #13 6 years ago
    Quoted from Anidor:

    There are decals for ES, but personally I'd rather repaint than decal.

    Thanks, this is what I was referring to.

    #14 6 years ago

    I agree !!

    #15 6 years ago
    Quoted from RCA1:

    Wasn't ES decalled originally?

    Nope, ES was painted.

    #16 6 years ago

    I'm a big advocate for painting.
    And if you aren't comfortable with a brush (like me) do what I did.
    Post a help wanted add on a local college's jobs website for an art student/MFA to come help you with a restoration project.
    The girl who helped me on my Whirlwind was amazing and really appreciated the work.

    #17 6 years ago
    Quoted from Ranhorton:

    Post a help wanted add on a local college's jobs website for an art student/MFA to come help you with a restoration project.

    Neat idea

    #18 6 years ago

    It was a total win win.
    She needed cash, didn't charge much and loved the opportunity to work on this sort of project.
    Once it was all done we took pics so she could use them in her portfolio and I now have a gorgeous whirlwind cabinet.

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