I've been on a long break from pinball due to the trials and tribulations of life... However! Yesterday I began a massive tidy up of my garage where I store my machines. I began restoring my Medieval Madness around 5 years ago and have only recently had the time and drive to get it moving again.....!
The point of me making this post is regarding the cabinet and what the feeling is out there on restoration. My Dad and I differ slightly in opinion on whether to sand and re-decal the sides of the machine. I realise this is subjective and ultimately it's down to the person who owns it to love and appreciate it.
My opinion is that due to the cabinet not having much wear or fade that it should be left and at most filled and touched up. Reason being that it's the original art that came with the machine, it will be more hard wearing and probably look more detailed than any vinyl re-print. Also thinking about what you guys would be looking for if you were buying a machine. Would you prefer to have a slightly damaged artwork that's original or perfect sides in vinyl?
Dad feels the cabinet completely stripped, repainted and new vinyl applied. He is a carpenter and his work is second to none in my opinion. He argues that if we are to restore it we should do absolutely everything we can including filling the wood grain on the backbox sides.
I think from this you understand our argument. For me, I would prefer to suffer the slightly damaged sides in the knowledge that's the art it left the factory with. Perhaps I am being a complete fool. Dad, on the other hand, believes that because it is going to be apart we should address it with the artwork we already have.
Anyway, I have attached some pictures for you to peruse.
Let me know what you think