Stripping The Cabinet

Stripping The Cabinet
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The Control Panel
Initial Inspection
Monitor Shelf
Game Details
Replacing Corners
Marquee and Front Glass
Internal Wiring
Stripping The Cabinet
Sanding The Cabinet
Patching And Filling
Checking The Monitor
Leg Levelers
Gutting The Cabinet
Coin Door


Because the paint job looked horrible, I decided to strip this cabinet to the bare wood.  This cabinet is going in my house and if I'm painting it at all I want it to look nice.  I began stripping by putting a sheet of plastic drop cloth (found in the paint section of your store) on the grass.  Then I laid the cabinet down and sprayed some Bix paint stripper all over the side.  The Bix stripper I bought cost $5.82 per quart and came with a free plastic spray bottle.  I ended up using 3 cans of the stripper and found out that I could have saved several dollars by just buying a gallon.

Because my cabinet was originally a defender and was painted over with black, it took several coats of stripper and scraping on each side.  Instead of using a putty knife to scrape, I used a paint scraper with a long black handle and a replaceable "C" shaped blade.

After applying stripper, scraping, stripping and scraping again - I had most of the paint off.  Now it was time for a good sanding.

You'll have to turn your head for this one!

A dark photo of the completely stripped cabinet.


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