Thursday, 19 March 2015

Capcom Mini Cute Restoration – Part 3

When it comes to arcade cabinets, I like keeping things original as much as possible.  I can quite happily live with a couple of battle scars from a life inside a Japanese arcade and small imperfections on the body work.  But in this case it was too far gone.  The cabinet body had some really large scrapes and scratches, and the fading of the paintwork was uneven.  I decided early on that a full re-spray was the best option. 

I wanted a nice and as close to original colour match as possible.  I took the parts to a specialist paint firm which deals with minor to major car body repairs.  It was the same firm where I had my New Astro City speaker surround re-sprayed. 

To colour match the front section, I used the paint where castor wheels had been fitted as reference.

Here are the parts of the front section back from the painters.  The parts were stripped back down to bare metal, primed and painted. 

I’m very pleased with the colour and finish.

Speaker grills before and after.

I’ve also cleaned up the screen cover, it was filthy! 

First I gave it a good clean with baby wipes, removing the dirt and coffee residue.  Then I cleaned it with Novus 1 Plastic Clean and Shine and a microfibre cloth.  The cover has no deep scratches and cleaned up nicely.

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