So, when I got the Blast City, the control panel it came with was “OK”. Quite dirty but overall fine from the outside. However, when it came to fully populating the CP with 6 buttons (instead of 4) and switching the colours over to the original type. It became clear it really wasn’t OK at all…
See, this looks OK. Its got a lot of dirt and it’s well used (scratched). The problem is it’s not dirt. It’s rust and the scratches are really quite bad with a lot of the surface worn off from years of service (kinda to be expected given its age). The camera flash below shows the extent of the issue quite well.
So, now to turn it over and see what it’s like behind. Can’t be THAT bad can it?
Yeah, it can. This is an original Sega Panel so two things stand out. 1. I’m not totally sure it should be painted at all. 2. That’s really quite a large amount of rust! It’s even in the edges.
I have already got a new repro panel in the cab at the moment for germ free gaming (which looks great). But you just cant get the official ones any more (with the Sega Logo on them, front and center) so I feel like this is worth trying to save from the bin or, at least, try to make it less shitty than it is.
I have a plan. I want to save this panel. and I think it’s mostly doable. The back should be simple enough.
- Scrub off the glue residue from the cable tie pads that should have been holding the CP cables to the panel (they dried out years ago by the look of it).
- Remove the white paint and see if this really is original (should have a “Sega HOTxxx” part No. if it is). Probably going to use a sander for this with course grain to start and then fine to remove any scratches etc before polishing it out.
- Get rid of the rust. This, I fear is going to take a long time as it’s everywhere. The back should be OK but the button holes and the CP edges are precision stuff and it looks like the rust is really deep. Dremmel time perhaps?
- Get the front overlay looking better. Clean first with something non abrasive and then try and see what I can do to remove the scratches. It’s never gonna be mint but it can be better than it is now. Perhaps Novus plastic cleaner and mild scratch remover?
Only time will tell…. Fingers crossed