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Note the 3 different types of T moulding on the back!


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Removed all components and carefully boxed up and stored

Removed T moulding until I was left with a bare shell






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I had purchased the Arcade Renovations replacement side art - made from the original Atari films - and the quality appeared identical to the original

I had no regrets pulling off the original side art!










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In all the cabs I've worked on I think this was the easiest side art to remove - adhesive was so dried out and the artwork came off in huge sheets

Last photo below shows side art all removed. The white areas are paint! To conceal the amount of artwork that had been lost!






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Masked up the back door sheet i readiness for sanding / painting of the back door




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Speaker grille is secured with pop rivets.
Only way to get those out was to drill out.


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So it looks like the cab had received some filling in the past - evidence of grey / blue body filler in a few places. These repairs had been roughly sanded down and painted over to conceal them

What intrigued me was 4 holes in both sides roughly along the top of the coin door. Perhaps a locking bar had been installed over the coin door in the past? These holes went all the way through to the inside of the cabinet






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I started restoring the side panels by making up a 50 / 50 solution of water and PVA glue. I then liberally painted this onto the cabinet edges and any large gouges. After allowing to dry overnight this should stabilise the edges of the particle board




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Then to apply "Isopon P38" car body filler to the larger repair areas






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And after sanding with 120 grit sandpaper...






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Looking good mate !!!

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And same process repeated on left hand side
Finer imperfections were filled with Polyfilla from a tube. Nice smooth consistency that fills most small defects, dried quickly  and sands really easily


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Now to turn my attention to the cabinet top / back

The bottom rear panel wasn't painted but covered in a thin self adhesive vinyl. As per the side art this was virtually falling off as the adhesive was so dried out








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Filling and sanding of cabinet top / back




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Also filled some redundant holes on the inner face of the cab, the locking bar holes and where some P clips had bee secured for no apparent reason

I would cover this "damage" with self adhesive vinyl later..........


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I then masked up the cab ready for spray painting the top and back to avoid overspray making unintended marks








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The spray I have been using for the last 16 years on cabinet restorations, which achieves the effect I'm after is Halfords grey primer followed by Halfords Satin Black

Masked up the underside of the cabinet floor rails and painted the cabinet bottom first...






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The onto the upper rear panels and cabinet top


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And the restored back door. My bit of masking ensured that precious back door sheet didn't get damaged in the filling, sanding and painting process






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The cabinet insides that are visible through the bezel had been painted quite thinly originally an some of the chipboard was showing through

I flattened the surface, minor filling where required and masked up the surrounding areas 






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