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Donkey Kong Restoration April 17, 2011

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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.
'Extra Jumpman when you gain a certain points'

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.

These T-Bolts eliminate the ugly carriage bolt heads.




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 seen below.

No more ugly carriage bolts!




John completed the masking, primer, and touch-up fill work. One more overall coat of primer and this cabinet is ready for paint.

These old cabinets always need plenty of fill work.




John mixes up the primer for the final coat.

Donkey Kong is about to go blue.




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:

Donkey Kong blue paint codes.




It's time to shoot the cabinet in blue. This is when the cabinet really starts to come to life.

On goes the blue!




John added a chemical to the clear to leave it with a very slightly matte finish. We think the result was spectacular!

A photo really doesn't do the paint justice--it looks amazing!


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