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Phantom of the Opera restoration project

By GoodToBeDad

6 years ago

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#1 6 years ago

I recently picked up POTO that is in bad need of a restoration. This game has been sitting for a while and had a family of mice living in it. After several applications of a pet odor remover, the smell of urine is finally gone from the cabinet. They also chewed through some wires that will need to be repaired.
The mylar has been removed and with it came most of the paint from every insert. A big thank you to jboner1058 for sending me the insert artwork he recreated. It looks great and will give me a big head start on the playfield restoration.
I have no idea if the boards work. There is a small bit of acid damage that will need to be dealt with.
This machine needs everything. It's going to be a lot of work -- and a lot of fun.
I'm looking for a ramp if anyone has one for sale.

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3 weeks later
#2 6 years ago

Oh man I’ve been there. Good luck with the restore! I’m 2 years and 8 months into mine and I can see the light at the end of the ridiculously expensive tunnel lol. I’m gonna follow this and see what you end up with.

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#3 6 years ago

I finally had some time to work on the cabinet this week. After sanding off lost of the original artwork, I discovered that the gain had opened up everywhere. I didn’t want this coming through the decals, so I tried a new (to me) product to fill all of the grain and tiny holes. It seems to have done a great job. It’s a powder that mixes with water. Then I used a drywall spatula to spread it on and fill all of the spaces. Then I used some 150 grit sandpaper to finish it off. I m happy with the results.

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#4 6 years ago

Use retro Refurbs decals. The ones on eBay and Etsy are shit

#5 6 years ago
Quoted from jboner1058:

Use retro Refurbs decals. The ones on eBay and Etsy are shit

Thanks. I already have them installed.
I’ve used retro refurbs decals on other machines and I’ve been happy with them. Just be sure to order them well in advance. This last shipment took a month to arrive (from Slovenia).

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