- mavic19Participant04/23/2015 at 00:31Post count: 59
Here’s what I’ve been building over the last couple weekends:
mavic19Participant04/23/2015 at 00:35Post count: 59
My paint scheme idea:
my finished monitor panel:
mavic19Participant04/23/2015 at 00:38Post count: 59
Wiring my buttons, joysticks, iPac controller and sound amplifer:
mavic19Participant04/23/2015 at 00:39Post count: 59
Playtime! Just need to finish the marquee up and map my Player 2 controls!
mavic19Participant04/23/2015 at 01:23Post count: 59
Raspberry Pi 2
RetroPie 3.0 V2
32GB Class 10 microSD
WIFI WirelessN thumb drive
24″ Sceptre HDTV monitor
Happ 2 Player arcade button kit
iPac2 usb arcade controller
Lepai 2 channel stereo amplifier (20w x 2 RMS)
Pioneer 4″ stereo speakers
Bose Acoustimass subwoofer
USB & 3.5mm audio jack connector (for easy access from control panel)mavic19Participant04/24/2015 at 08:14Post count: 59
All that is left to do is add the backlight for the marquee and some more aluminum trim work! I’m pretty stoked at how well it turned out.deepdiveredParticipant04/24/2015 at 18:48Post count: 42
Looks great. Can you get a video of it in action.mavic19Participant04/24/2015 at 19:09Post count: 59
Thanks! I’ll take some video and upload it to youtube this weekend.dpicc68Participant04/26/2015 at 09:17Post count: 53
Stickers or Paint?
Dpicc….mavic19Participant04/28/2015 at 22:46Post count: 59
It’s all paint. I used an oil based enamel (Rust-Oleum, gloss).
I rubbed wood glue into all the cut edges of the MDF to seal them up (took about 3 coats of wood glue) and sanded it smooth. Then I mixed a 50/50 solution of wood glue and water and coated the entire cab with a foam brush ( also 3 coats followed by sanding with 220 grit). Then I used KILZ oil-based primer and shot 2 coats with my HVLP gun (followed by sanding with 220 grit). I then shot the black (5 coats) of gloss black with HVLP (thinned with VM&P Napthala). Sanded in between coats. Once the gloss black had completely dried and cured, I taped it off and used a 4″ wide smooth foam roller to roll on the paint for the stripes.ekdorParticipant04/29/2015 at 01:03Post count: 71
I was thinking about this stage yesterday. Was thinking of diluted wood glue and sanding to get a smoother finish. And sealing the ends before glue and screw.mavic19Participant04/29/2015 at 01:24Post count: 59
Sealing up the MDF is a tedious, time consuming process. I can see why manufacturers just glue vinyl type skins over it instead of painting, but I prefer the look of paint. I started with sealing the cut edges first with undiluted wood glue. That’ll help prevent the open grain of the MDF from sucking up your primer and paint and adds a higher level of protection. I didn’t want to use T-molding as I wanted my edges to be gloss black like the sides of the MDF. Sanding it all down is time consuming, but worth it.
I also used BONDO for hiding all my seams and joints. Lots of sanding time there as well, but it all looks uniform. I had countersunk my screw holes and then used BONDO over the top so you can’t see where any screws are.
Best advice: Take your time and don’t rush yourself. If you want it to look great, don’t settle for “good enough.” Any slight blemish that wasn’t sanded out or filled correctly will stick out like a sore thumb with gloss paint.
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