6 Tips For Applying Vinyl Graphics To Your Virtual Pinball Cabinet

6 Tips For Applying Vinyl Graphics To Your Virtual Pinball Cabinet

Building a virtual pinball cabinet from scratch can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Not only do you get to bring your favorite pastime into your own home, but you also have the opportunity to customize and personalize it with graphics of your choosing.

Adding vinyl graphics to your new pinball cabinet is a great way to showcase your creativity and make it unique. However, applying vinyl graphics can be tricky and requires patience and skill. But with the right tools and techniques, you can achieve a professional-looking finish that will make your virtual pinball cabinet stand out.

In this guide, we'll provide some helpful tips for applying vinyl graphics to your new pinball cabinet.

Prep the Cabinet

If you have purchased our traditional Widebody cabinet you will need to sand, prime then paint the cabinet or otherwise the vinyl graphic will not stick. If you purchase our Premium cabinet no major sanding, priming or painting is required.  You will want to run a sander over the melamine to rough it it up a bit prior to installing your graphics. Our premium cabinet will save you a ton of prep time.

Clean the Surface Thoroughly

Before applying any vinyl graphics to your new pinball cabinet, it is crucial to clean the surface thoroughly. Any dirt, dust, or grease on the surface can prevent the vinyl from adhering correctly and cause peeling later on. Use a gentle cleaner or isopropyl alcohol to remove any residue and ensure the surface is completely dry before proceeding.

Gather the Right Tools

As with any project, having the right tools is essential for a successful installation. Here are some tools you will need:

  • A squeegee, preferably with a felt edge to avoid scratching the vinyl
  • A precision knife or razor blade for trimming
  • Masking tape for positioning
  • These tools will make the application process easier and ensure a professional finish.

Measure and Plan

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Measuring and planning are two crucial steps in applying vinyl graphics. Measure the sides of your pinball cabinet to determine the size and placement of the graphics. It's essential to ensure they fit as desired before starting the application process.

Once you have your measurements, plan how you will align the graphics on your cabinet. Consider using reference points or markers on the cabinet to aid in alignment. This will help you achieve a symmetrical and professional look.

Position and Tape the Graphic

Position the vinyl graphic on one side of the cabinet. Once you're satisfied with the placement, use masking tape to create a hinge along the top edge. This allows you to work with the vinyl more easily, preventing it from moving out of place during application.

Apply the Vinyl Graphics

 Use the squeegee to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles that may appear.

Repeat the process for the remaining sides once you have applied the graphics to one side of the cabinet. Take your time and be patient because rushing can lead to mistakes and a less-than-perfect finish.

Trim and Finish

Once the vinyl is applied, use the precision knife to trim any excess material around the edges, buttons, or other cabinet features. Be careful to cut accurately without damaging the vinyl or the cabinet.


It's Time to Customize Your New Pinball Cabinet!

By following these tips, you can adorn your new pinball cabinet with custom vinyl graphics. Remember to take your time, be patient, and use the right tools for a professional finish.

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