Here’s an update after today’s session. I got out of work early so instead of 2 hours of sunlight Shawn and I had about 4 to work with. We got a lot accomplished today. Finished all of the white base coat and the orange, and got 2 coats of clear on all pieces. I added the pics that were taken today to my album. I’ll link it again if you want to check them out. We are both busy this weekend so that last 2 coats of clear will be applied next Wednesday and after it drys over night we will hit it with the buffer to give it that nice polished mirror finish. I’ll have it back home by next Thursday. Ordering the last of my parts on Wednesday (pcbs, white buttons, wires and fans). Wiring and all will keep me busy most of the weekend until I can buy a tv in 2 weeks. With everything staying on schedule the arcade will be up and running in 2 weeks. Here’s the link for the new pics.
Started working on my Kraylix last weekend. It has been a challenge especially first time working with bondo! That stuff dries really quick and has been a nightmare to work with. Working on my primer currently followed by sanding and hopefully my first round of Valspar High Gloss Lacquer soon. I am following the guide on the forums to get the polished look.
Would you mind listing which compressor you’re using with your guns? After looking at your pics it seems to be working out really well. Also I don’t know if you can answer this but if I decided to use metal flake paint or introduce metal flakes into whichever paint loaded into the gun; would it still work? As in, actually distribute and not become clogged?
I was going to originally use the candy coat paint which has the metal flakes in it but decided to go with regular automotive lacquer. I remember Kray telling me he uses the normal lacquer. I’m not sure if the gun would get clogged or not but the best advice I can give it clean your gun every time you take a break longer than 5 minutes. I would recommend hitting a few coats and letting dry for 45mins-1 hour, and clean your gun while you wait. Also, use lacquer thinner and not regular paint thinner. As for the air compressor, I want to say it’s a 4 or 6 gallon. But I would recommend a bigger one than that. We are doing great with ours but it’s constantly running.
To be exact about the compressor it’s 2.5 horse power, 80 psi
Thanks for the tips, the info will come in handy!
these things look sweet
Its about six bucks a can at places like Lowes/Home Depot. The reason I found it was I have a friend who does repair and customization work on bicycles and skateboards, and he’s been using it to repaint trucks and fenders. Its meant to go over metallic but is actually a sort of dark lacquered color if you spray it over non metallics. Its also not opaque so you need to lay down primer before hand, but the advantage is that dark colored things that are below the paint (like say, stenciled on logos or button notations) will show through.
And here’s what the top of an engine block looks like, this would be the paint sprayed over either the bare metal or a metallic undercoat:
It layers really well too, here’s a Xbox 360 controller thats been primed silver and then covered with several coats (if I had to guess I’d say about six maybe):
The reason I recommended it here was that for about twenty bucks you could buy enough cans of it and some silver or white undercoat to do an entire Kraylix and it would look extremely snazzy. I for instance, plan on using it on my home made arcade cab I’ve been hacking together in my spare time.
What about sanding, before/after/in-between; grit. Your recommendations?
Looks great, what are the colors available? What primer did you use?
Alright guys, the cosmetics of the arcade are finally complete. Here are some pics showing the cabinet before wiring and tv. The 7th orange button on player 2 is replaced with a white button now, I forgot to take a picture but you can imagine lol. Tell me what you think
Got my fans and power supply installed yesterday. pics up soon. i got my pcb’s wired as well. focusattack has been out of 5 pin harness’ for the joysticks for about 2 weeks now so i found them on ebay for even cheaper with free shipping. too bad i didn’t notice they were in china until after i bought them lol. oh well, once i get those this week the arcade will finally be complete.
The torture of waiting for that last critical piece to complete the build! Good luck, looks sharp!
MY Kraylix will BLOW your Kraylix AWAY!!!
No words bubby pics and we’ll be the judge. Lol.
Pics just show the exterior, doesn’t show whats inside. I guarantee the components I’m using will surpass ALL others. I’ve read this all forum and no one is doing what I’m. LOL!
I’ve take it upon myself to add a mini keg in mine with the tap coming up the middle above the start buttons lol
no liquid is going ANYWHERE near my Kraylix!!! : P