Donkey Kong Restoration April 17, 2011
I re-created both the instruction sheet from the control panel and the "Insert
Coin" label that's on the front of the machine. I had the local Office Max store
print both from the .psd files on CD. The instruction sheet is printed on ordinary
color paper. As long as I was going to this much trouble, I had them make me a
half dozen of them.
Because they were made with vector graphics, they look razor sharp. Total cost
for all this was just under ten bucks and now I have plenty of spares.
Eight of the labels fit perfectly on Avery #5168 label stock. I sprayed a light
coating of clear matte lacquer over the labels to make sure they stay nice for a long time.
This project qualifies as an "over-restore", meaning that the end result will be
better than the original. I am not a fan of the large, bright-plated carriage
bolts sticking through the sides of the cabinet. This machine had five per side,
with three being "dummy bolts"--presumably to accommodate other monitors from the
factory. That would mean poking five holes right through my brand new side art.
No way was I going to do that!
I decided to get rid of the non-utilized bolts and fill those extra holes. I countersunk
the two rear holes that retain this monitor with a 3/4" spade bit, then glued in
"T-bolts". On the inside, short 1/4" x 1/2" bolts retain the monitor and the sides
will be perfectly smooth for the new graphics.
I'm very fortunate to have some truly expert help when it comes to surface
prep and painting. John, who works at our company, is a professional auto body
technician. He helped me immensely in restoring this cabinet to better-than-original
condition. The results of his fill work on the holes and broken corners can be
John completed the masking, primer, and touch-up fill work. One more overall coat
of primer and this cabinet is ready for paint.
John mixes up the primer for the final coat.
John's plan for this job was to shoot it first in blue, then with clear. He
elected to use Nason brand automotive basecoat paint. If you're curious,
this is the exact paint match for Donkey Kong blue:
It's time to shoot the cabinet in blue. This is when the cabinet really starts
to come to life.
John added a chemical to the clear to leave it with a very slightly matte finish.
We think the result was spectacular!