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03-02-2019 at 07:47 PM
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Wall Entry at 03-03-2019 04:41 AM

Hi all,


Looking for advice on cleaning/touching up an arcade cabinet. I have a dedicated Mortal Kombat 4 which is in relatively great shape but one cosmetic issue is bugging me. It looks like there was coffee spilled on the control panel which is obviously underneath the plastic on top of the overlay. I don't want to replace the overlay graphics as they are great and not looking to create a massive project - can I simply use a security hex nut remove the glass and wipe it clean? Think it would come out or at least lighten? Has anyone done this before? See pic for example.


Secondly, has anyone ever touched up some of the wood around the monitor with a touch up pen of sorts? Does that work well with wood?





Thank you!
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  1. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Not quite the same thing, and it was very caveman, but I used a black magic marker to darken some chipped wood around the gas pedals on my Super-Off-Road cabinet, and you really can't tell where "factory" begins and magic-marker comes in, even a decade later.


    As to the control panel overlay, it's likely you can find a NOS one, and just put a "brand new" one in there?


    If you've never replaced joysticks/buttons, etc, it's surprisingly easy, just remember what connects to where and you'll be ok, don't be intimidated by it-you'd be surprised how inexpensive and effective it would be to put crisp new parts in, especially for a Kombat game!


    Good Luck!!!

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  2. datagod's Avatar

    Unscrew the plastic and take a look underneath. It might be painted on metal, it might be paper. In either case, a damp cloth will do the trick. Just don't rub too hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerpoco

    Not quite the same thing, and it was very caveman, but I used a black magic marker to darken some chipped wood around the gas pedals on my Super-Off-Road cabinet, and you really can't tell where "factory" begins and magic-marker comes in, even a decade later.


    As to the control panel overlay, it's likely you can find a NOS one, and just put a "brand new" one in there?


    If you've never replaced joysticks/buttons, etc, it's surprisingly easy, just remember what connects to where and you'll be ok, don't be intimidated by it-you'd be surprised how inexpensive and effective it would be to put crisp new parts in, especially for a Kombat game!


    Good Luck!!!


    Thanks Roger! I will definitely take a look. I have not replaced joysticks before but that will be a future project for sure. I would imagine there are step by step videos out there.

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  4. md_robotnik's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by datagod

    Unscrew the plastic and take a look underneath. It might be painted on metal, it might be paper. In either case, a damp cloth will do the trick. Just don't rub too hard.


    Thanks! That's my plan. I ordered some sec bits to see if I can get it off to clean. I was thinking clean lightly with a baby wipe and hope for best.

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