Arcade Projects: Tron Arcade Restoration and Repair Log


Tron Arcade Restoration and Repair Log
9/13/2003



New Laminate and Side Art on Working Tron: 9/13/2003
Below are pictures of us applying new laminate and sideart to the working Tron cabinet. If you would like to do this to one of your games, you will need four items:

- Laminate (Can be obtained through Lowes or some other hardware store)
- 3M High-Strength 90 Spray Adhesive
3M High-Strength 90 Spray Adhesive
- Laminate cutting tool
- Sideart (for the game you want to apply the art to)

Some other recommended (but not required) items are:
- Bondo (for patching up any dents in the cabinet)
- Glass Cleaner (for easy application of sideart)
- Squeegee (for application of sideart)
- Electic Sander w/Sandpaper (for removing original paint and sideart)

The first thing we did was apply some Bondo to the bottom of the arcade.
As you can see, the arcade itself was very beaten up on the bottom. However, after the Bondo application it looked much better.

Tim's Working Tron - Bottom Side
Tim's Working Tron - Bottom Side (Bondo File) Tim's Working Tron - Bottom Side (Bondo File w/Tim)
Application of Bondo to the Bottom of the Cabinet

Next, we sanded down the side of the arcade with an electric sander.
This makes it easier for the glue to stick when you apply the laminate.

Tim's Working Tron - Side (Sanded)
Sanded Side of the Cabinet

Then, we applied the glue to the side of the arcade and the laminate.

Tim's Working Tron - Side (Glued)
Side of the Cabinet w/Glue

Finally, we applied the laminate and the sideart and you can see the results below.

Tim's Working Tron - Side (Finished)
Tim's Working Tron - After Side Pic Tim's Working Tron - Before Side Pic
Finished Side and Before & After Pics



Wired Coin Button on Working Tron: 9/13/2003
By wiring a coin button on the working tron, we keep from having to open the coin box and manually coining the game. This keeps the coin mechs from breaking, especially if you have kids around. This shows you how to do it.

Tim's Working Tron - Coin Button Tim's Working Tron - Coin Button (Inside)
Coin Button Installation
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