Hi all. Built a MAME machine about twenty years ago, but when I did, I really didn't care much about the appearance of the cabinet. I slapped a quick coat of paint over the exterior and called it a day. Functionally it's awesome, but aesthetically it's an eye sore.
Well I got my hands on an empty Dynamo HS-1 cabinet recently and have decided it's time for my next build. After all, it has been twenty years. That old machine is still running Windows 98!
Using a heat gun, scraper and my fingers I was able to remove the tattered vinyl from the sides of the cabinet. Now it is time to prepare it to be painted. I considered vinyl, but don't see that happening and have no desire to spend the money on formica laminate. Since I am not in a rush, and would rather spend money on parts, the whole sand, prime, paint, sand, paint, prime routine seems to be my best option.
There is a ton of information on the web about how this process should be tackled. There is almost too much information. I was hoping someone could point me at a definitive guide on the subject. I have seen some reference Ond's procedure for getting a very smooth finish by painting, but I cannot seem to locate said tutorial.
What is the best way to smooth out the particle board to prepare it for painting. As I said earlier, I am willing to do this in as many steps as necessary. I guess I also need advice on the best method for removing the glue residue from the vinyl off the cabinet. Some of the glue came off with the vinyl. Some did not.
Thanks in advance. And if any has any parts for an HS-1 I'd certainly be interested. I am currently looking for a clean cut corner control panel, the sheet of glass to cover the monitor and perhaps a bezel (although I recently spotted the $2 bezel thread).