(Topic ID: 132130)

Cabinet Restoration - Vid's Guide


By vid1900

4 years ago



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    #551 4 months ago

    Thanks for another great guide Vid! Here's what I have to work with. This baby soaked up some water for sure. Looks like it swelled a good bit. Debating if I should try to repair the back or just replace? Figure if I replace the back I'll slide the bottom board out and replace it also. As much as I was hoping to avoid it, I'll most likely end up sanding it all down and getting a set of stencils to redo the whole cab and head.

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    Same debate on the "neck" fill and glue or cut new? The top is planking from getting wet too and I would like to get that smoothed out.

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    #552 4 months ago
    Quoted from Zarklin:

    soaked up some water for sure

    Wow !!! That's a doozie... Gonna make you stronger.
    -mof

    #553 4 months ago
    Quoted from mof:

    Wow !!! That's a doozie... Gonna make you stronger.
    -mof

    If anything I'll get some new tools out of this project.... I swear I need a router honey...

    2 weeks later
    #554 4 months ago

    I was watching a video about restoring a torch and the guys painted the cabinet with a brush, is that common? It seems like you could get away without all the masking but at least with my painting skills it would be difficult to get a smooth even cabinet.

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    #555 4 months ago
    Quoted from mark532011:

    I was watching a video about restoring a torch and the guys painted the cabinet with a brush, is that common? It seems like you could get away without all the masking but at least with my painting skills it would be difficult to get a smooth even cabinet.
    6 min in:

    For touch ups its common... for wide areas it usually leaves an inferior look due to the brush marks. But people have done it for decades... but it's not a great look. Best way is mask and spray if it's anything but scratches, spots, etc.

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    #556 3 months ago

    Update: all figured out... with the help of Home Depot and Michael’s store.

    #557 3 months ago

    Sand it down. Fill/smooth with a filler. See if you can find a stencil kit and re-paint it. It will never get rid of that planking/flaky look if you don't sand it smooth I bet

    #558 3 months ago
    Quoted from northerndude:

    Sand it down. Fill/smooth with a filler. See if you can find a stencil kit and re-paint it. It will never get rid of that planking/flaky look if you don't sand it smooth I bet

    I want to stay away from sanding the paint part. I would be fine with a planking/flaky look. I just want the game to be safe in the home environment and not get any worse.

    There are no stencils for this game that I can find? If I could touch up the paint and seal it. the next person that owns it can make their own stencils. sand, prime and re-stencil it.

    #559 3 months ago
    Quoted from Pinzzz:

    I want to stay away from sanding the paint part. I would be fine with a planking/flaky look. I just want the game to be safe in the home environment and not get any worse.
    There are no stencils for this game that I can find? If I could touch up the paint and seal it. the next person that owns it can make their own stencils. sand, prime and re-stencil it.

    It's not that bad, just play and enjoy it.

    1 week later
    #560 3 months ago

    Hello,

    I have a TAF that I want to restore but I have some questions for the restoration:

    - when buying the front of the cabinet had no decal is it seems that the wood was replaced .. wonder if it's normal? (see attachment)

    I ordered a decal at https://www.pinball.co.uk/game-specific-parts/addams-family-gold/front-cabinet-artwork-addams-family/ but I'm not satisfied (too glossy and the quality makes cheep)

    I found two solutions to rebuild the front
    Stick vinyl and make the decals with the airbrush.
    Or paint the cabinet with enamel paint.
    I found some here http://www.pinballuniverse.com/PinballPaints.htm#
    but they do not deliver internationally, can we find it elsewhere?

    thank you in advance for your help

    (and sorry for my bad english :-/)

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    #561 69 days ago

    Hey Everyone

    I'm thinking of doing some touchups on the cabinet body/head of my Gottlieb Amazing Spider-Man. I've read most of the posts in this very informative thread, and am considering a semi-gloss clear over the cabinet paint. Do you guys recommend this as a preventive measure, sealing the existing paint (and possible touchups)? I love the artwork and want this cabinet paint to stay looking sharp. The scrapes and dings always annoyed me, but it's not too bad. As for any blemishes, I may use Scrubbing Bubbles or an alternative cleaner if needed.

    Would using a carnauba wax (blitz paste) be enough to protect the paint, and keep it looking nice?

    The cabinet front had holes drilled for some ugly rectangular security bar (wood filler in holes needs to be sanded and repainted).

    I appreciate any feedback you guys have.

    As for color matching, I'm thinking of bringing the cabinet head to my local Benjamin Moore to get the blue, red, and silver.

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    #562 1 day ago

    These guides are great and have provided so much great info, including this one. However, I struggled with finding a good finishing putty to cover pin holes and tiny scratches in primer/basecoat. I wanted something that could be easily and quickly applied, sanded and re-topped without issue... I have heard great things about a product called Evercoat Clear Sand, but I needed something I could purchase locally and quickly.

    Well, I picked up a few tubes of 3M Bondo Glazing Spot Putty, and I am very impressed with the final results. I used a credit card to apply a feather coat on top of my kilz primer, let dry 45 minutes, and then sanded. It's nice that it's a 1 part system so no hardener/mixing required. It's extremely easy to sand, and I was able to apply a further topcoat immediately after the initial dry time. it easily filled pin holes and minor abrasions that I missed with wood filler applied prior to the base primer.

    https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/Bondo-Glazing-Spot-Putty/?N=5002385+3293241079+3294066550&rt=rud

    #563 1 day ago

    Forgot to mention that this putty is available at most auto parts stores, Walmart, etc... some carry it, also available same day pickup.

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