Donkey Kong Restoration April 17, 2011
The instruction sheet, complete with a couple of cute grammatical errors, needs
help. It's a piece of paper that was printed and taped to the back of the control
panel overlay. It must have gotten wet at some point because it's pretty badly
wrinkled and a bit faded from time and exposure to light. No problem; I'll put
it on a scanner and remake the graphics in a vector-graphics program.
The rest of the control panel overlay is in really good shape other than a few
scratches, a cigarette burn, and some missing carriage bolts. However, there is
one small crack in it--I'll have to make a decision if that's bad enough to warrant
buying a new overlay.
The white T-molding that's used on Donkey Kong doesn't fade like the colored moldings,
but over time it can get a little yellow. Even though this molding looks pretty
clean and there's just one gash (photo below), I'm going to replace it all. It's
cheap ($10-16 for enough to do the entire machine) and it adds that "new" look
to the finished project.
The power cord jacket is cracked (photo below) and someone also snipped the
ground prong off the plug. Ack! It's well worth the five bucks or so to get a
Here's a closer look at the worst damage to the cabinet. The best way to fix this
sort of thing is to fill it with auto body filler, then grind it flat.
My shop is very close to an automotive paint store. The guy was nice enough to
bring his color scanner to my place in order to get a really close paint match.
He chose a spot to scan that had been covered until recently by the side art decal.
He cleaned the area with a polishing compound first, then scanned it. For just $23,
I now have enough paint to do the entire machine. It should look great and will
be really durable.