Adding a Vinyl CPO to an Arcade Control Panel with Plexiglass Overlay
I ended up getting a reproduction control panel on KLOV. I really didn’t want to go this route, but couldn’t find anything that would work. I had a sheet of vinyl covering that’s been in my shop for years, and decided to use it on the control panel. I lined the vinyl on the control panel and then removed half the backing. I did the same process for the other half. I had a few wrinkles and was able to smooth out most of them. However, I did have a couple towards the top. This really didn’t bother me since this cabinet is just going into my shop as a test unit.
I also had an extra piece of plexiglass and decided to add that to the control panel. I lined up the plexiglass to the control panel and tapped the edges. I then sandwiched the plexiglass between the control panel and a block of wood. I took a hole saw and drilled out all of the holes for the buttons and joysticks.
Once everything was drilled out, I added the buttons and joysticks. The color scheme is not really my choice, but it’s what I had on hand. I was pleased out this turned out with the parts I had on hand. I will say the vinyl was more difficult to work with than what I original thought.