|As you can see, the old method worked, but it damaged the original art a lot. A lot less than chemical strippers would, but still, the less damage we do, the better off we are.|
|The new method works MUCH better. A lot less damage and is actually easier to do.Notice the lack of Scrape Marks?|
|What we found is that if you work in small sections at a time you’ll get the best results.Start by heating up a small section until the paint bubbles up. The bigger the bubbles the better as that means it will come off in bigger chunks.
If you heat it up too much you’ll scorch the art underneath!
Let the section cool down for a few seconds then start peeling. Try not to leave any slivers while it’s warmer or they will be harder to remove.
If you find an area that won’t bubble up, it’s probably because the original art was damaged and the paint bonded to the wood. If this happens, there probably isn’t much you’ll be able to do. This generally happens where the art was scratched or dinged.
I found that to make bigger bubbles, it was sometimes easier to make a bunch of smaller bubbles and then “connect” them by heatting around them. It’s also a good idea not to heat up the same area too much as it will scorch the original art.
Peel towards the edges of the cabinet that way if it stops peeling it will be away from the majority of the art and you can remove it later without worring about doing too much damage.
Moving the heat gun back and fourth in a slow waving motion (holding the gun perpendicular to the game) works best. Leaving it over one spot is not generally recommended.
Well, this is by far the best technique I’ve seen to date. This technique works because they used Latex paint to paint over the top of the art (Typical House Paint). Had they used an Oil Based paint, the chances of this working drop significantly.
This works with games that had art PAINTED on the sides. Games that had stickers probably won’t work as well since the heat would probably melt the sitckers. I don’t have any games to test this on, so I don’t know for sure. If someone tries it, let me know how it turned out.
We’ll do the other side of the game and probably put up a picture of an entire side done with this technique and any other tips we might discover.
The art is far form Perfect, but you might be able to clean it up enough to the point where you can put it in the game room. There is still a lot of work to do after the fact since there will be a residue left from the paint and there will be several spots that you couldn’t peel up at first.