I’m almost done restoring the coin door.
I stripped everything off of it and hit it with a wire wheel to get all the old paint off.
I then hit it with the orbital sander using 220 grit sand paper to get rid of the scratches from the wire wheel. After that, I hit it with some fine steel wool. I don’t have any pics of that. Next, I did one coat of Rustoleum Satin black spray paint. It looked pretty good, but I guess I didn’t clean it off well enough and had little bits of stuff (steel wool?) in the finish. When I thought it was dry I sanded them off and hit it with another coat. Big mistake…it wrinkled like an old lady (or a young wrinkly lady). The problem was that I didn’t wait the recoat time after sanding it. I also don’t have any pics of this, but picture the alligator handbag that old lady probably has and you’ll get the idea. After sanding, waiting 48 hours, painting some more and finally putting it all back together:
The 25c coin labels were pretty nasty looking.
They were loaded with scratches (like an old lady that has been scratched up). I couldn’t find replacements for these, and there is no easy way to remove the scratches. I scanned one into Photoshop and redrew the “25c”. I then printed it out on my inkjet on glossy photo paper, put a transparency sheet (like for a projector) over it, and cut it out with an x-acto and a ruler. After that, I made a plexiglass, photo paper, and transparency sandwich and taped the edges together. It looks much better and you’d never know it wasn’t original. The pic is a little blurry, but it looks very cool in person. The transparency should protect it and gives it a shiny reflective appearance like new plexiglass.
You couldn’t do this for any Midway doors that have these pieces backlit, but for Pac-Man there was no light so it works good. If anyone needs the file I made to print these let me know.