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Tips and Techniques for Applying Stencils on Classic Arcade Games (Video)

Updated: Sep 11, 2022

Stencils can be both an amazing challenge to redo or restore on a classic arcade game while at the same time, become a expertise in frustration or chaos. Many classic arcade games from 1972-1983 come from companies that utilized stenciled side art in their cabinets instead of more modern techniques. Stencils provide a unique presentation that is somewhat classic in its approach. Due to the unpredictable nature of stencil applications however, some of the unique factors revolving around their application can be hard to duplicate accurately for the average arcade game collector wanting to restore lost stencils or damaged ones.

In this video I explore my own personal approaches with stencils and share a few of the better tips I have run into for those brave enough to plunge into the deep end of the restoration pool regarding stencils. Hopefully this will be helpful to those wanting to go beyond the typical ink jet wrap I often see on vintage games that originally had stenciled paint on them.

Happy Hunting!


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We have chosen to take this dive. We are in the process of doing all of our Williams games, except for the ones that do not need it. In our case, Robotron, Defender, and Blaster, because its a duramold. We have Joust completed, we are happy with the results, but now we are in the process of figuring out what a good clear coat process would be so it can look and feel like factory. It will be the icing on the cake once we get that part figured out. Thanks for posting.

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