(Topic ID: 169942)

Re-Painting Cabinet


By GPS

3 years ago



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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by joey__p__1966
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    #1 3 years ago

    Hi fellas

    Just acquired an Alley Cats bowler and would like to re-spray the cabinet. What I wish to do is do a general spray of black while trying to mask off the areas where there are graphics as these are in pretty good shape.

    I would assume there is a masking process or a tracing process to create masks but have not done this before.

    Can anyone lend some general knowledge on how this would be accomplished please?

    Thank you

    George

    #3 3 years ago

    Thank you WO. Looks like there is no easy way to do this. lots of tedium seems to result in a good product. I think I will end up going to my local car paint shop and see if they can provide me with some striping that is used when painting cars. Thanks again.

    G

    #4 3 years ago
    Quoted from GPS:

    Thank you WO. Looks like there is no easy way to do this. lots of tedium seems to result in a good product. I think I will end up going to my local car paint shop and see if they can provide me with some striping that is used when painting cars. Thanks again.
    G

    Yeah, shortcuts will end up...looking like shortcuts. I made my own stencils once, for my Gottlieb Double Action. I just did the best I could. That was certainly time consuming, but it did make an old scraped up faded cabinet look much better. It's not something I desire to try again. You have to set a bar and stick to it, but set it reasonable for yourself and don't be too hard on yourself if you come up shy. I'm sure anything you can do will be an improvement. I give you a big thumbs up for striving to keep the original art intact if it looks reasonably nice.

    #5 3 years ago

    George, head to your local automotive paint supply and pick up some 3M blue fine line tape and green masking tape. The fine line tape will bend and contour around the designs without wrinkling, creating a flat even line around the areas you wish to preserve. Run the fine line tape around each of the areas to preserve, then cover each area with the green masking tape, being careful to overlap the blue fine line tape. Using a sharp X-Acto knife, carefully cut the green masking tape midline on the blue fine line tape, removing the excess that is outside the area to be preserved. This process allows for an accurate and complete coverage of the art you wish to preserve, without the bulkiness of working with large pieces of frisket on the cabinet. You will need to practice with appropriate tension on the blue line tape, as too much will cause the edges to lift when the green tape is applied, two little manifests in wrinkles. Good luck!

    #7 3 years ago

    Rody

    Just wanted to say thank you for all the time you spent with me today explaining my cabinet painting options. I am very grateful. Thank you. Going to go the route of fine line tape. After you very thorough explanation, I am comfortable with doing that method. No time like thenoresnt to learn. Take my time and enjoy the results

    Thank you sir

    G

    #8 3 years ago

    Really nice original cabinets always trumps repaints.

    #9 3 years ago

    Here is a 1969 bally joust i taped all the lines and did all 3 colors. Then i clear coated it. Way more time then this pin is worth but was fun. All ways wanted to restire a EM. Did playfield also.

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    #10 3 years ago

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    #13 3 years ago

    Pics of playfield clear coated and touched up.

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    #14 3 years ago

    Looks great ! Awesome Job !
    JP

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