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Author Topic: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore *COMPLETED*  (Read 12095 times)

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #40 on: June 20, 2008, 04:15:43 pm »
Awesome!!!

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #41 on: June 21, 2008, 01:33:05 am »
Mmm... pretty sticker  :laugh:

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #42 on: June 21, 2008, 11:54:31 am »
Thanks! I will say that spraying hasn't been the easiest thing and I've had some challenges in getting the right amount of overlap between paint strokes (this is my first time with a spray gun). I already had a compressor from finishing my basement, so my only investment was a $60 spray gun and painter's plastic that I stapled to my unfinished storage room's ceiling joists to create a make-shift spray booth. I'm pretty stoked with how it came out and can only imagine how good it would look if someone who knew what they were doing had done it ;)
What kind of paint gun did you use. Did you use latex or oil based paint,also did you have to thin the paint. If so how much.
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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #43 on: June 21, 2008, 12:01:14 pm »
I used a non-HPLV gun I picked up at Home Depot. The paint was an oil-based Sherwin Williams enamel (I posted the formula on the first page). I thinned the paint to 12 seconds.

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #44 on: June 21, 2008, 12:47:44 pm »
So, I cleaned the monitor and removed all the adhesive residue around the perimeter that was holding the black paper on. Although I didn't notice it when I was playing originally, there's a fair amount of burn-in in the monitor (you can see the barrel level in the monitor). I'm guessing that between the dirt and the darkened bezel window, the burn-in was minimized. I hope that continues to be the case!  :-\

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #45 on: June 21, 2008, 03:05:42 pm »
Stripped and repainted the marquee retainers and sanded/repainted the control panel...

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #46 on: June 21, 2008, 03:23:17 pm »
JeepMonkey,

Here's a pic of the bezels side-by-side (original on the right, arcadeshop on the left)
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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #47 on: June 22, 2008, 04:09:11 pm »
The right side art has been applied. Man, I remember the stress of putting those little water release decals on plastic models as a kid... the stress of applying a $26 piece of vinyl after spending a week painting is WAY worse!  ::)
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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #48 on: June 22, 2008, 06:37:22 pm »
JeepMonkey,
Here's a pic of the bezels side-by-side (original on the right, arcadeshop on the left)

Thanks Farb.

I see the colors are a bit different.  Is it that the old bezel is just faded, or are the colors just different in places?

Do the dimensions match exactly?

Just curious, why did you go with arcadeshop?  I know there are other companies that make repro DK bezels.
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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #49 on: June 22, 2008, 09:06:03 pm »
I'm pretty sure that ALL the silkscreened DK repro artwork came from the same place.  So it's mostly a matter of finding the best price between Phoenixarcade, Arcadeshop, and Mike's Arcade.

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #50 on: June 23, 2008, 01:28:06 am »
JeepMonkey,
Here's a pic of the bezels side-by-side (original on the right, arcadeshop on the left)

Thanks Farb.

I see the colors are a bit different.  Is it that the old bezel is just faded, or are the colors just different in places?

Do the dimensions match exactly?

Just curious, why did you go with arcadeshop?  I know there are other companies that make repro DK bezels.

Yes, the old bezel is quite faded. The colors are way more vibrant on the repro, although I've found a problem with the paint having bled onto the window which appears to be a defect when the repro was made. I have an e-mail into arcadeshop to see if there's a way to fix it or replace it. The dimensions seem to match exactly although, as someone mentioned earlier, it's slightly thinner than the original.

I don't recall why I picked arcadeshop over the others... it was probably that their price seemed reasonable and I had read good things about their stuff. My side art was from quarterarcade.com (which I got from a forum member at a slight discount).
« Last Edit: June 23, 2008, 01:30:20 am by Farb »

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #51 on: June 23, 2008, 11:42:29 am »
The right side art has been applied. Man, I remember the stress of putting those little water release decals on plastic models as a kid... the stress of applying a $26 piece of vinyl after spending a week painting is WAY worse!  ::)

Looks Good!
Funny, I just ordered my side art last week and although I'm excited for it to arrive, I'm a bit nervous for the same exact reason you stated above. One screw up on the side art can ruin the look of the whole cab and all the work I've put into it.

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #52 on: June 28, 2008, 04:34:42 pm »
Doing the second side wasn't nearly as difficult as the first. What I did was put a piece of tape along the top and right side to use for alignment. Make sure that your tape is parallel with the edge of the cabinet. I originally thought I should make the piece of tape level but then realized the cabinet wasn't level! Then just peel back enough of the artwork backing on the top to stick it along the edge of the tape. I used the edge of a slimine CD jewel case as a burnishing tool and worked the vinyl from center outwards, top to bottom. The one place I screwed up on the first side was in the small section where I worked from edge to center and wound up with a little air bubble. The second side came out perfect after I learned from my mistake.

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #53 on: June 28, 2008, 04:37:12 pm »
Here is the coin door front stripped of all powder coating and the back part of the pushbutton hole covered with fiberglass cloth.
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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #54 on: June 29, 2008, 08:28:16 pm »
Here are some pics of the painted coin door and it re-installed in the cabinet. The paint is Rustoleum hammered black -- not particularly crazy about it.

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #55 on: June 29, 2008, 10:30:49 pm »
Yeah, I tried the hammered black paint as well on my coin door, and I found that it doesn't really hold up to abuse well at all, and it's a bit too glossy.  If I had the motivation to re-do the coin door, I'd wind up using the truck bed liner paint and putting that on the door since it's VERY durable and has the right texture and gloss to it.
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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #56 on: June 29, 2008, 11:19:08 pm »
Curious as to why you chose "hammered" for a DK Coin Door. The finish in your pics would be perfect on a Ms. Pac coin door though.

In looking a my DK and DK Jr. cabs....there is slight texture but it is soo slight I think a non-textured flat finish would be a better choice - for me anyway.

Nonetheless...good work.

Edit: Did you just use Bondo on that fiber-mesh to fill that hole? How'd it work out for ya?

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #57 on: June 30, 2008, 05:45:03 pm »
I didn't realize the hammered had quite so much texture to it. I may redo it at some point. The truck bed liner paint idea is an interesting one.

I actually used fiberglass on both sides of the hole and sanded the front side flat which left a slight depression. I used bondo to even out the depression. It seems plenty strong and you'd never know there was a hole there.

On another note, has anyone come up with a good way to restore the face of the coin plates? Mine are pretty scratched and I know spray paint won't be durable enough. Special polish or electroplating?

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #59 on: June 30, 2008, 11:02:48 pm »
Wow, nice find! Did you ever find a distributor that wasn't in Indonesia? :-)

Here's a pic of the old coin mechs after cleaning and new sticker...

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #60 on: July 01, 2008, 12:18:15 am »
Here's one more with the new bezel installed. As indicated in an earlier post, the replica bezel is thinner than the original. The metal bracket that was attached along the bottom of the original bezel was REALLY stuck and difficult to get off. Since I had to repaint the bracket anyway, I took a hammer to it and straightened out some of the warping and also made the channel a bit thinner so the new bezel fit snugly.

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #61 on: July 01, 2008, 10:37:06 pm »
WOOHOO! Completed  8)

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore
« Reply #62 on: July 01, 2008, 10:52:50 pm »
WOW!! Minty looking. LOVE IT!!!

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore *COMPLETED*
« Reply #63 on: July 01, 2008, 11:48:59 pm »
Looks great Farb.

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore *COMPLETED*
« Reply #64 on: July 02, 2008, 08:56:29 am »
Very Nice!!!

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore *COMPLETED*
« Reply #65 on: July 02, 2008, 09:06:38 am »
That is a good looking machine!  It makes me want to get my stuff and get to work.

I may have missed it, but where did you get your t-molding?
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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore *COMPLETED*
« Reply #66 on: July 02, 2008, 10:22:10 am »
Thanks for the kind words, guys!

The tmolding is from mikesarcade.com.

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore *COMPLETED*
« Reply #67 on: July 02, 2008, 11:03:29 am »
Note that Mikesarade has TWO versions of nintendo white t-molding. One is flatter than the other, but it's still not 100% like the original. (For the mr.perfects that is).

Also check out this thread that discusses the Nintendo T-molding:
http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=80837.0



B.t.w. What a louzy restoration. Looks like ---Cleveland steamer---.


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Seriously: Fantastic job  :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: :applaud:

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore *COMPLETED*
« Reply #68 on: July 02, 2008, 11:35:21 am »
Very Nice. Mine is done as of last weekend, except for the back door. Still need to build one.

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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore *COMPLETED*
« Reply #69 on: July 02, 2008, 07:20:50 pm »
Excellent job ! :applaud:

Looks very good!

Im jealous, You can get your backdoor on!  lol.

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Again, great job ! :cheers:
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Re: Farb's Donkey Kong Restore *COMPLETED*
« Reply #70 on: July 03, 2008, 02:55:19 am »
Never mind....
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