First up - the red layer.
I did one side of the head and one side of the cabinet.
Did most of it solo, it was easy to do.
Just make sure that everything is aligned, because when it’s stuck down, it ain’t that easy to get it back up, and the chances of it going pear-shaped are very high.
PinballPimp has a good video on YouTube showing you how to do it. It’s the same way I do my cabinet decals as well. Pretty straight forward.
As you can see in the picture, I lay down the Pimp stencil, then mask everything else with newspaper so there is zero chance of red shit going all over the rest of my nice cabinet.
I have tried the Rustoleum spray cans on a different project - I didn’t like them. The paint went on unevenly and it took ages to dry. Maybe I’m just not used to them. So I reverted to Dulux spray cans that I’ve been using for years. It’s probably a NZ/Australia only product, but it is excellent. Dulux are a big house paint manufacturer over here.
The trick with stencils, you want to paint a medium amount. Not too thin - not too thick. If it’s too thick, you get those awful edges which look shithouse! You’re better with too little than too much IMO. Always keep your spray can the same distance from the object - don’t “fan” when you move it, or you end up with a heap in the middle of the fan and none on the edges. Practice your technique on some newspaper before descending on your $$$$ pinball machine. You can see in the photo that I have done exactly that on the masking newspaper on this machine, so I knew what the spray pattern was before I coated the stencil.
After I’ve sprayed (as per that photo above) I immediately remove the newspaper and masking tape, then wait a few minutes for the paint to “flash” - the gloss disappears and it starts to look matt at the edges. Then the stencil comes up.
Don’t drop the stencil in the wet paint. That’s not good. With bigger ones like the side one here, I make little tears along the side of the stencil about 6” apart, so it can come up in sections if needed. This way it is less likely to go pear-shaped.
You need to move pretty quickly, as you don’t want the paint to dry on you. You have a few minutes in that “flash” zone ...
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