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This is another one of those projects that's been tucked along the wall of shame for a while. I picked this up at a local auction (in dead row) for $125 many months ago, it's an all numbers matching game that sadly now needs more work than it did when i first bought it.

Most of the games at the auction had come from one vendor and they were wet and smelly which is a bad combination. I got the game home and rather than bombard it with fans in a hurried attempt to dry it out, i just shoved it against the wall and left it alone with the back door on for a few months, BAD IDEA! What could have been a very easy cabinet restoration turned into a cabinet that is completely swollen "4-5" up inside/out  on all four sides. This thing smells so bad, that there's never going to be an effective way to get rid of the stench. This calls for an Asteroids donor cabinet and a switcharoo. 

 

The first order of business was getting rid of all the Asteroids parts since none of them are needed. Removing the Asteroids artwork was also relatively simple as well. No sanding, or chiseling or heavy scraping necessary, just pour on the stripper and let it sit for 10 minutes. I've yet to find any cabinet artwork that can stand up to this product that i use and it eats everything in its path including plastic if you let it sit long enough. In no time at all, your original artwork is diminished to a stretchy pile of boogery goo that goes right in the garbage and it leaves the wood bare and undamaged.

 

11-1-2013

Almost 3 years have passed since I started this project and i'm glad it's finally done and up for sale. I've sold off my entire game collection, moved to a new house and for some foolish reason, I brought this project along to finish it up. In the end, I was able to score an empty original Lunar Lander cabinet that was in really nice shape so I didn't have to use the asteroids cabinet after all. These are the final pictures of the game just before I put it up for sale, somebody got a nice cabinet and most of what you see here is new including all the artwork, monitor tube, control panel etc.

 

 








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Comment by Pat Rauscher on February 12, 2014 at 10:53pm

WOW...Beautiful work. That thing looks better than new. I don't have a single cab that looks that pristine.

Comment by Orrimarrko on February 12, 2014 at 12:30am

Unbelievable as usual Chris!

Comment by Pat Rauscher on December 21, 2013 at 3:16am

That was one Sweet Looking Restore! Thanks for the post.

Comment by Jeff Rothe on November 9, 2013 at 7:29pm

The website doesn't use BBCode, only HTML.

Modified your post to show photos inline.

Comment by David Garner on May 4, 2011 at 11:22pm
Thanks for the info on Strip Fast.  I own probably 200 plus arcade games, pinballs, pool tables, jukeboxes, countertops, candy cranes, sports arenas, capsules and stickers.  I have a lot of older games in storage that  could be cleaned up and sold.  I will try it sometime.  If you own a pinball game the best playfield cleaner I've ever found is Kaboom.  There are many products out there that won't do the job.  It's always nice to find those that work.
Comment by smalltownguy2 on April 17, 2011 at 9:28pm
Thanks for the heads up on the Strip Fast, Chris. That stuff made short work of some laminate glue plus Ms Pac side art all in one shot for my resto. I appreciate it!

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