(Topic ID: 241513)

Side Art Restoration!!!??? To be or not to be??

By hwoolmore

1 year ago

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  • 9 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 1 year ago by Betelgeuse
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“Re Decal the Side Art or Not?”

  • Restore Cabinet with Decals 1 vote
  • Leave Original but make best of theCab 6 votes

(7 votes)

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#1 1 year ago

Hi guys,

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

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#2 1 year ago

Depends on the rest of your restoration and what you want to do.

New playfield, or have it clearcoated ? New plastic set ?
Or is everything in rather good original condition and do you want to keep it that way ?

Also do you want to sell the game when you're finished restoring, or is it a keeper for you ?
If it's a keeper, is it to play and enjoy the game, or more to look at how nice it looks and how well restored it is ?

#3 1 year ago

If it was me, I would just leave it. You don't play the cabinet art.

#4 1 year ago

That #Medieval Madness looks better than all of my machines lol, I would leave it like that as I like original artwork more. But ofcourse it's up to the owner of the machine

#5 1 year ago

Hi aeneas

In answer to your questions.

New playfield, or have it clearcoated ? New plastic set ? - Playfield was sent to the US to be clearcoated and touched up by HSA a few years ago. Plastics are in fantastic condition and only need a clean.

Or is everything in rather good original condition and do you want to keep it that way ? - I have tried to keep everything as original as possible. I will be polishing all metal parts to bring up a shine.

Also do you want to sell the game when you're finished restoring, or is it a keeper for you ? I let go of an MM a number of years back and couldn't bear to lose another one. However, as we know times change and when you need the cash, you need the cash.

If it's a keeper, is it to play and enjoy the game, or more to look at how nice it looks and how well restored it is ? - It's something I want to keep for the rest of my life and look after. Definitely a player, I see no point in owning anything like this and having it sat there as only artwork.

It's an interesting topic and I thank you for your replies. I really love these games and just wanted to get a feel for what other collectors felt was right.
Vinyl is necessary on some games due to the amount of fade and damage. Just think this game might look better with some of its original battle scars intact.

#6 1 year ago

That cabinet looks easily in the top 1 percentile of all cabinets for condition. It seems a waste of time and money to sand it down and replace decals.

#7 1 year ago

evandickson appreciate that mate. The time and the money isn't the concern really. Just whether it's less appealing to have a game that has had decal's fitted.

#8 1 year ago

I play my games but they’re also inside my house and I vowed not to have beat up crap in my house. I don’t have project games folded up in the garage. I take them on one at a time. That being said, it IS a Medieval Madness. If it’s a keeper, it would be a nice project for you and your father.

How I spent my morning...check out the fade on this BSD:

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#9 1 year ago

Personally, I would leave it original and touch it up...however, I think it all depends on your "end goal." If you are trying to restore it 100% and make it as perfect as possible, then new decal art is the way to go. Unfortunately, you will likely not recoup that money if you decide to go that route and then sell.

#10 1 year ago

If you read what HEP preaches, your cabinet looks like a repair and touch up nominee to me. When you're done, clear it.
If it was ever a re-sale, the high end buyers want as close to mint original as they can be.

My resto/refurb projects clearly are worse then that, I will be stripping mine fully then start fresh.

Good luck to whatever you choose

#11 1 year ago

I think that looks too nice to sand off. Also, if this is a screened cabinet and not factory decals, that makes it even more worth keeping original. You could always change your mind and sand it off later, but if you sand now there's no going back to original!

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