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How would you handle this cabinet situation (DEST25th with pics)


By KillyKillall

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

Picked this up a while back for a low price as my 1st pin. Machine is all in working/good condition now, but the cabinet is an ugly wreck. It was kept in storage for close to 10 years and obviously went through some temperature changes and water exposure, maybe?

The question is, how would you address this cabinet? Full cabinet replacement? Do nothing because I'll never get the money back on this machine?

I'm not super handy with the woodworking, so building one would be out of the question for me.

Thanks in advance.

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#2 6 years ago

wow. that's rough. too bad.
decals are a pipe dream for this machine. doubt they ever get officially made.
Someone at expo had aftermarket decals on a DE Star wars and it looked swass. maybe that would be the best route to go. find someone to make you a set and create artwork that YOU like.

#3 6 years ago

I'm assuming that means I would need to sand it down, repair and then decal if I could find something like that, right?

#4 6 years ago

I'd say leave it and get more pins to go on either side

#5 6 years ago
Quoted from GListOverflow:

I'd say leave it and get more pins to go on either side

Already done. One coming tonight and another tomorrow.

#6 6 years ago

Look for a trashed ST25th with a better cabinet and do a swap. Then sell the other as a project.

#7 6 years ago
Quoted from Trekie:

Look for a trashed ST25th with a better cabinet and do a swap. Then sell the other as a project.

That's what I was thinking as well. I don't see them around that often.

#8 6 years ago

Or post a WTB DESW Cab thread and maybe get lucky. Eventually someone will be parting one out and you'll get a cab. Heck I have a T2 cab I'm giving someone locally. You will never know what out there unless you cast a few lines.

#9 6 years ago

I'd just leave it as is.

As long as it's not flaking lead dust bits all over your house, just enjoy it's character .

#10 6 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

I'd just leave it as is.
As long as it's not flaking lead dust bits all over your house, just enjoy it's character .

If you touch it, it flakes paint. Basically, every time it is moved/touched on the sides, you lose more of the paint job. This is one reason it can never be in the house so that my son doesn't digest any of it.

#11 6 years ago

Didn't lead paint go away long before 1991? If concerned, spray with clear to seal it then do what overflow said.

#12 6 years ago

That looks bad ass. Like the Star Trek: Mad Max version. I'd have to mask it off a little and shoot some clear on it. Pull the legs, coin door and start and shooter buttons. Triple thick and be done. If you had machines next to it, you would never notice unless there was a pile of paint dust on the floor on either side.

Have you tried Novus?

#13 6 years ago

I would sand it smooth and paint it semi gloss black and play the hell out of it.

#14 6 years ago
Quoted from BadBrad97:

Have you tried Novus?

Wouldn't Novus on top of flaking cabinet = just rub everything off?

#15 6 years ago

Is the inside solid? Any mold on it? If the cabinet is still solid all around, I'm with pinbum. Sand it, paint it a color of your choosing, and play that game! You won't ever get your money back trying to recreate decals, your only other options would be, as others have said, post a wanted ad and maybe someone has a better condition cabinet or maybe you will find an artistic friend who will take a stab at doing some creative artwork.

#16 6 years ago

sand and have someone do a mirror or piano black?

Are you keeping it forever?

If "yes" then get it reworked custom by a detail oriented pinball or custom paint car guy.
If "no" get it sanded and conciser how much time you want to spend, mirror coat (piano finish) take 6-8 coats (so I'm told- repeatedly) and each sanded back -or simi-gloss black for the future owner to art up on their own.

#17 6 years ago
Quoted from smokey_789:

Didn't lead paint go away long before 1991? If concerned, spray with clear to seal it then do what overflow said.

In our lead abatement class, they said for commercial use lead was still popular into the 2000s and is still found today.

For home use 1978.

#18 6 years ago
Quoted from KillyKillall:

If you touch it, it flakes paint. Basically, every time it is moved/touched on the sides, you lose more of the paint job. This is one reason it can never be in the house so that my son doesn't digest any of it.

Yikes.

OK, then I would sand it outdoors with a bunny suit and a real respirator (do not permanently poison your garage), and just spray it semi-gloss black.

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