Got the new Control Panel Overlay (CPO) last week. It looks good, but is ever so slightly off from the original. Likely something no other human-being will notice, but which screams out to my anal retentive eyeballs.
Soon I will disassemble the control panel, clean everything, resolder if need be, strip, spray, apply new CPO and reassemble.
I'll be doing this to most other parts on the machine first, before working on the cabinet itself. So far, I'm still within budget.
I also replaced the plug. My son walked into the office a few days ago, barefoot, and started receiving low level shocks from the machine itself. Something I had not noticed before, because I always have sneakers on. Sure enough, the outlet was missing a third prong and that was the culprit. Fun with electricity!
Well here is the next big restoration, folks! I picked it up a couple of weeks ago. It was originally a Pac-Man, which was converted to a Pac-Man Jr. and I'll be taking it back to its original Pac-Man glory. The goal is to do this one on a tight budget. I have already made some modifications to it and it is in much better condition than the Galaxian, so hopefully it won't break the bank.
Did you all know that I got into arcade restoration to help deal with depression? It's true. I need to keep my mind busy, so it defiently helps. Anyway, stay tuned for more exciting updates!
Behold! I officially completed the restoration of the Galaxian cabinet! Isn't it glorious? Eventually, I'll get around to writing a more detailed post about the restoration of this cabinet, but for the time being, you can check out some photos of the process from start to finish. Enjoy!
The painting on the Galaxian cabinet is finally done! Next up are the decals, but even without them I think it still looks pretty darn sweet! I'll be posting all the details about this little endeavor over the Summer, so stay tuned…
I finished the Galaxian coin door today. The color is not 100% to my liking, but it will do and still harkens back to the original. Most people just paint them black because it is easier than matching color. The door is pretty easy to pop off and take apart, so if ever I land on the right color for it, then I will revisit. In the future, I will have a longer article detailing all the work and products used in this restoration.
This is the arcade cabinet that I am currently restoring. Isn't it lovely? I used to pump so many quarters into these things! I hope to finish it this summer, so expect a lot of detailed posts about it in the coming months! If you think it looks bad now, you should have seen it a few months ago!