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  • Fish Tales Restore

    Hey all,

    Some of you would have seen this pic in an earlier thread - http://www.turboimagehost.com/p/3969...led-1.jpg.html

    I decided to start a thread on this restore to try and keep up with Nino !!!



    Nothing super exciting just yet , just showing the (slow) progress of this FT restore.

    Cabinet Front
    If you saw the old shot of this cabinet front , it had temporary screws holding the front panel to the main cabinet boday and the front corner joins were open and splitting.



    I have fixed the front of the cab, it was simple, I simply removed all the old self tappers that the previous owner had just belted into the cab. I then drilled some new ( neat and tidy ) pilot holes into the cab and sunk some new ( fitting ) screws in place. I also used a strong glue adhesive in the cabinet joints as well.
    I countersunk the heads of the new screws and patched over them. If you look REAL close to the right of the shooter holes you can see my patching.
    The cabinet is rock solid again but I am also planning to use some internal braces as well just to be 100% sure.

    The front is sanded smooth and ready for new decals



    Decal Stripping
    I have stripped a few cabs in my day.
    I have NEVER had a decal as tough to remove as the left side of this FT main cabinet.
    In this shot you can see about 3 hours worth of decal removing complete.
    I nearly gave up yesterday- it was really bothering me.



    Today I finished the strip of this side and removed all the glue with a sander and using coarse sandpaper.
    After the glue was gone I used fine, then very fine sandpaper to get this cab silky smooth.
    It only had a few nics and they are filld ( as in this shot ) , once that wood fill dries I will sand those spots and then the new decals con be applied



  • #2
    Very nice work mate..

    When you say you are going to get the cab sanded smooth - do you apply a clear to seal the wood before applying the decal ?

    Keep them updates coming !
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    • #3
      Looking forward to more progress photos.
      I'll eat your brain & gain your knowledge (Grindhouse)

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      • #4
        Awesome work Wotto. I really enjoy seeing these restos that you and Nino do.

        What's the playfield like and is this one for yourself or someone else?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Strangeways View Post
          Very nice work mate..

          When you say you are going to get the cab sanded smooth - do you apply a clear to seal the wood before applying the decal ?

          Keep them updates coming !
          Oh- it is sanded smooooooooooooooooth already, real smooth - like Mark C at a disco , but yes I will seal this one as well .

          Originally posted by Creech View Post
          Awesome work Wotto. I really enjoy seeing these restos that you and Nino do.

          What's the playfield like and is this one for yourself or someone else?
          Playfield is OK for a FT - see the image link in my first post in this thread for an idea as to some of the wear - it's fixable I guess.
          But I am still gunna strip it and re-do a few things......will also make new clear plastics for the boat ( ramp ) as well , as they are a little 'yellowed'.............watch this space

          And its my machine.....not for someone else.
          Last edited by Wotto; 6th July 2008, 07:09 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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          • #6
            where did you get your cab decals wotto?

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            • #7
              Nice work Watto, looks like another big project to keep you busy
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              • #8
                Originally posted by stuba View Post
                where did you get your cab decals wotto?
                Hey Stuba,

                I got em a while back from a guy in the States.
                Private sale through Daina's Pinball Classifeds site.

                Not sure who is sellin em these days

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                • #9
                  in the original photos the backbox is worn right down to the timber. How did the backbox get so worn? Was it left outside by the previous owner?
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                  • #10
                    Progress today - I REALLY needed to get this cabinet decalled and back together as I really want to get cracking and finish this one off, I figure I have a few weekends working on the PF ahead of me so I just wanted to get this cabinet out of the way........ couple of progress shots of some of todays work.....

                    If I do a cab decal I cut along the back edge and the bottom edge and line the decal up with those cabinet edges to get it positioned before I peel a section about 200-300mm of the backing off , I then stick it to the rear edge as a starting point and roll it out smoothing the decal down with a soft cloth as we go( wifey and me ) working towards the front. This means that all I have to do is trim the excess at the front and along the section that sits under the side rails.



                    I am not sure if others use this method to apply decals but I find it makes the job simple......if I havent explained it clearly , heres a shot of the backbox decal started using the same method.....




                    Heres a shot attempting to show the 'smoothness' of the decal ....





                    More later- I have to spend the afternoon studying up how to win at the machines Rollerball owns for tonights meet

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Wotto View Post


                      More later- I have to spend the afternoon studying up how to win at the machines Rollerball owns for tonights meet
                      Dont rate myself but gunna be trying!

                      Those decals look very nice, maybe in 10 years time I will need to do mine.

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                      • #12
                        FT Cab decals - DONE !

                        Heres a few shots to show the cabinet decals finishes - I thought I would show before and afters here so you can see the difference and vibrance in these new decals.

                        Also look for the cabinet fixes around the shooter and the front corner 'seams'....


                        Shooter section

                        Heres the shooter area BEFORE I fixed the cab and replaced the decals




                        And here it is today, note there are no more exposed self tappers holding this cab together...... no chunks out of cab and it is firmly back together at the seams.....leg protectors in place and excess cut off so they are not visible.



                        Backbox

                        Heres the back box before and after..... I dont like pinball toppers and this didnt have the fish anyway....but I decided to patch , sand and re-paint the top of the cabinet....







                        Cabinet Front

                        I hate lining up the front decals - this one was a little tough as you had to make sure you got the yellow centered around the start button hole AND didnt drop it too low so that the FISH TALES words got sliced when you trimmed the bottom later.....



                        It came up pretty well, the yellow around the start is about 1mm out to the left if you look at this pic.....




                        The Main Cabinet

                        How good does this look now !!




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                        • #13
                          Man that thing was faded!

                          Nice work. Is the backbox a decal as well?

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                          • #14
                            Looks awesome wotto!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by spacies View Post
                              Man that thing was faded!

                              Nice work. Is the backbox a decal as well?

                              Yep

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