I’ve been feeling like working on my games much more now, especially with the weather getting warmer. I managed to sneak some time in to give my new Dig Dug a once over (and a “who’s your father” as well!).
I did one thing right, and one thing wrong. First, the bad…
The white at the bottom of the bezel was flaking off big time:
You can see it pretty well inside the box surrounding Dig Dug above. Check it out from the backside:
The rest of the art looked perfect accept for the white, just in that bottom area. I gently scraped at the loose white, and brushed it with a nylon brush and all that flakey white came off right down to the glass:
I sprayed that area with some white, and it looked great from the front. You’ll have to trust me, as I didn’t get a pic and it’s now in a dumpster somewhere. Here’s what it looked like from the back after I sprayed that bottom area:
Now, I was psyched at that point and should have left it. Instead, I decided that I had to do something to keep the remaining flake free white areas from flaking. I had read about using Krylon Triple Thick to prevent flaking art on glass from peeling further, and decided it would be a good idea to hit it with some of that. I masked off the clear area with painters tape, as you can see above. I sprayed on the Krylon Triple Thick and let it dry. When I peeled off the masking tape, it took a lot of the paint immediately adjacent to it with it. I think the Krylon formed a bond with the tape that normal paint wouldn’t. It looked like total crap, and was beyond repair. I ended up getting a replacement from QuarterArcade.com that looks almost like new.
Now, on to the one thing that *did* go right. I put a new (repro) control panel overlay on. Before:
I’m done messing with Dig Dug for awhile, and am going to work on finishing my Baby Pac-Man.