Quoted from wbarcume:
I hope these files will help all of you... like I say we are bringing back pinball one game at a time.
@wbarcume and others, thank you so much for your work on this to date. I'm a newbie member but have been a fly on the wall of this site for the past year while looking for that first pin of mine. I looked at too many to mention and was getting burned out because of my price point vs. condition. I kept running into total rehabs or semi-projects where one item needed major help. I was ok with a semi-project, but obviously I'd rather rehab a cabinet than a playfield or replace boards and whatnot.
I had a DE Simpsons on my radar but the cabinet in the photos scared me a bit. I then came across this thread and saw that there was not only guidance from fellow members, but a complete solution. It reassured me that the DE Simpsons was the way to go, and got a great working machine. The cabinet is solid but cosmetically far from ideal. Since this is a Simpsons-specific restoration thread, I figured I'd ask everyone here some general questions on their cabinet restorations...
1) At what point did you decide to do this cabinet restoration with the vinyl decals? Was your cabinet completely destroyed, or did you just not like looking at the yellowing/cracking of the white paint?
2) Do you have these printed and cut to the shape of the image, or the shape of the sides of the cabinet? The spray painted cabinet pictures above show it totally white. I didn't know if that was a base layer for good adhesion for an edge-to-edge decal, or if it was the white background for a decal that was cut to the edges of the image.
3) I guess you get two benefits from doing this - cabinet looks AMAZING and also helps protect any exposed wood from long term exposure to fluctuations in humidity. But is this type of solution considered "sacrelig" by purists? I'd have a tough time personally holding a spray paint can up to Homer and covering him up for good... even if for the benefit of the machine. Though I never plan on selling this (hopefully going to son or nephew if I ever had to part with it), does this sort of modification hurt the overall value or help it? It's the famous "original vs. restored" debate, and I don't know how that's weighed in this community yet.
4) How much did you spend on the local printing of your decals?
Thanks to all for feedback!