Put Felt on Bottom Panel of Your Stick


#1

I just did this to my stick today and wrote up an article about it. My site is pretty hokey, but I’m not a web designer so go easy on the criticisms please. I hope you enjoy.

[LEFT]One of my favorite functional things about the EightArc arcade sticks is the felt bottom they use to prevent the stick from sliding around. I like it so much that last night, after I got done swapping parts between a HRAP3 and Amazon.co.jp HRAP2 and testing it, I realized I was not able to consistently perform inputs the way I could on the EightArc. This made me pay attention closely to my own inputs, and I realized the stick would slide just slightly, and the new angle threw me off enough to make a difference. After this realization I did a search and found that Michaels has adhesive-backed felt sheets, and it seemed that my problem would be solved (well, one of my problems. If I weren’t so bad at video games at my old age, I wouldn’t need to go through this effort). So off I went to Michaels. To play video games better. I know. It doesn’t sound right.[/LEFT]

[LEFT]Read the rest here:[/LEFT]

http://nerdyvideogamestuff.com/default_ArcadeStickTweaksforCheap.htm


#2

I now wish that my TE had felt on the bottom - I will now put felt on the bottom of my sick!


#3

I’ve heard it said that genius answers seem obvious once their known, and this fits that perfectly. Thanks for the article and pictures, I think we’ll be seeing a lot of this in the future.


#4

For anyone wondering how to apply non-sticky-backed felt to a stick:
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[]Remove the bottom plate and clean it, make sure that you have as much sweaty lap grease and cheeto dust removed as possible.
[
]Mask over any rubber feet with masking tape, being careful not to mask any of the metal.
[]Apply a fine even coat of rubber cement (Spray preffered, brush works too) to the bottom of the plate.
[
]Leave it to dry till it becomes tacky to the touch (If you do not do this the felt will absorb the glue and become hard and look like ass)
[]Carefully apply the felt to the tacky underside of the plate, applying even pressure to avoid wrinkles.
[
]Smooth out the felt, make sure it is stretched tightly
[]Leave to dry for a few hours (I’d leave it 24 hours just to be sure)
[
]Remove the excess with a sharp exacto-knife and cut out holes for the feet and screws.
[*]Reassemble, then post pics and show off
[/LIST]
Felt comes in tons of colours, get some that matches your stick!


#5

Both options are relevant because IMO as the population of Qanba sticks ages there may be a need to reapply the felt bottom to them.


#6

Personally I like shelf liner for holding controllers still. It’s cheap and it’s designed to hold things in place, and it comes in a lot of colors.


#7

… but then where am I supposed to put my “Cthulhu Powered” stickers? :frowning:


#8

I did this to my TE yesterday and it’s working well. I can get a pic up if anyone is interested


#9

I had never, ever, ever heard about felt bottoms like this before right now. I thought this thread was going to be about sound-proofing, hahaha.

Letttt me just get this straight a little bit here:

  • The felt grips onto your pants so that your stick doesn’t slide around as much when you have it on your lap? Or on carpet, I guess?
  • The rubber feet protrude lower than the felt so that the stick can still grip flat/hard/smooth surfaces effectively?

ON YOUR CHEST


#10

@Deadfrog Exactly that. The rubber feet are the ones that were already on the stick, and this probably looks even better on a TE since the feet screw on instead of stick on.

Also, I’m glad people are finding this useful.


#11

EVERYWHERE!


#12

Added this to my Agetec today. Dream Come True. When restoring metal panels, after you polish / refinish them, they are super slick. So this is a godsend.


#13

Great article but you really should get a frontend like wordpress for your website and use kubrick template as a base for your design. I’ve been doing this for a while it’s a great cheap solution.


#14

My current host isn’t compatible with Wordpress. i’m saving to change hosts, but until then I’m making do.


#15

What about joomla?


#16

Can’t do PHP/MySQL? How about another solution that also uses PHP/MySQL? Sorry, couldn’t help myself.


#17

Good stuff Jenkins.


#18

Think I’m doing to do this when I install The Link later this week. Thanks for the inspiration, man.


#19

Oh Jenkins, can the adhesive felt come off easily just in case?


#20

Would the 3M spray on adhesive work with felt?