(Topic ID: 180546)

Protecting Arcade Cabinet decals

By GotAQuestion

3 years ago

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#1 3 years ago

I had a question regarding arcade cabinet decals. I built a mini-cabinet last year and applied the art to the cabinet. The printer undersized it slightly, but I wasn't overly concerned about that. It was a good first DIY project and a little visual defect was more or less okay.

Well a year later, the decals have shrunk more, bubbled, and moved. This sucks and actually is a huge concern because it looks like garbage. I added a before picture, and then three after pics. *Edit: The before got sorted to the end ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I want to reprint the decals (probably with a new company) and this time I want to either seal or protect them so they can't shrink/move/etc.

My questions are:

1) Should I protect the decals by putting a thin sheet of plexi over the top (probably screw it into the cabinet and put caps on the screws) OR could I use the same stuff that clearcoats playfields to protect this? I want to make absolutely sure the next set cannot move whatsoever.

2) Can anyone recommend a decal type and company to go through? These were vinyl decals with 3M adhesive backing and well... I'm less than happy with the results.

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#2 3 years ago

Bump so maybe people will see through their lunches.

#3 3 years ago

I use a UV protective laminate on the artwork i have made. From the pictures i think it was more of the surface of the cabinet not being prepped properly.

#4 3 years ago

Yeah often it comes down to the type of surface you are applying to and the quality of the decal/adhesive.

If you can, you should paint the sides with an oil based enamel paint, this has made a big difference in my experiance

#5 3 years ago

I sanded the sides to 400 grit and then painted it with an oil primer and two coats of the black paint which was acrylic latex, after looking the product up online.

#6 3 years ago

I always use Game On Graphix (http://www.gameongrafix.com/) for my arcade artwork (sideart, control panel overlays, translight).

#7 3 years ago

I can help you with your graphics...Been printing for the community for years now. Here are my threads with examples. http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=134866.0

PM was sent to you.

#8 3 years ago

Ohhhhhhh THATS what that PM was! Thought it was about a playfield. But thank you, also good to know for this project haha

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