Vewlix F Restoration

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    • Vewlix F Restoration

      Picked up this Vewlix F some time ago and finally started on it. First step was to disassemble it. The disassembly guide was very helpful. I wanted to take the disassembly further, and it was pretty easy. Took pics of everything (backed them up).

      imgur.com/a/WgJmvEm

      The things left to take apart are the bottom speakers (didn't have a super long screwdriver) and a couple minor things. Planning on taking off the wheels, to clean them and the bottom of the Vewlix.

      Plan is to clean everything very well, remove marks where possible, and get the whole thing looking as well as possible (not planning on buying external replacement parts, give it some character).

      Internally, the plan is to replace the monitor (thanks to the bracket Hadouken Arcade is producing) and the speakers (they work, but new ones are not expensive). Additionally, only enough internal wiring will be left to support a PC for emulators/PC games and the light up areas of the Vewlix. One could say the goal is to get it looking like a well-maintained stock arcade veteran Vewlix! :)

      Eventually, if circumstances allow, I might add more buttons to the control panel, a headphone jack, a 2 player control panel, and a pair of Taito stools. But all of that is extra and not to be worried about until the primary objectives are completed.

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      All that being said, anybody know what this thing is? Found it inside the Vewlix:

      imgur.com/a/UprITaa

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      Does anyone have suggestions for cleaning/restoring the metal body of the Vewlix?
    • ABTmRw wrote:

      Does anyone have suggestions for cleaning/restoring the metal body of the Vewlix?
      I've stripped my body down to the frame, I'm going to power wash it.


      I'll let you know how it turns out.
      Darksoft/Apocalypse: CPS2, CPS3, F3-β, MVS, S16-β
      RGB: RECO v2
      invzim: Jammafier v1.6b
      XianXi: JNX Raiden, SC Taito Classic, SC Sega System 16/24, Namco System 11/12 KHA
      Frank_fjs: JAMMA Extender (Special HAS Edition)
    • Geddon wrote:

      I also have an F and I'll be curious what speakers you go with. Oh and are you planning to replace the fans? mine had two 60mm in the back that were stupid loud. I replaced with noctua ones and it is quiet enough now where I don't think about it.
      Yeah, forgot to mention the fans. Yep, I'll be replacing all the fans I can! :)

      jassin000 wrote:

      ABTmRw wrote:

      Does anyone have suggestions for cleaning/restoring the metal body of the Vewlix?
      I've stripped my body down to the frame, I'm going to power wash it.

      I'll let you know how it turns out.
      Cool!

      Is rust a concern?
    • Geddon wrote:

      I also have an F and I'll be curious what speakers you go with. Oh and are you planning to replace the fans? mine had two 60mm in the back that were stupid loud. I replaced with noctua ones and it is quiet enough now where I don't think about it.
      I was thinking of doing this with my F, but wasn't sure any Noctua fans would work as the stock fans are 24v ones. Which model Noctua fans did you use?
    • Geddon wrote:

      Hmm. I thought just the monitor fans were 24v. Yours had 24v fans as the exhaust fans on the back? Mine were two 60mm 12v. I’ve heard other cabs have 120mm 12v.
      oh i thought you meant the monitor fans. Those are the ones i want to replace. I’m getting an error notification on the monitor because of my fans, even though i can hear them both spinning
    • Results of cleaning...


      I used the power washer, a scrub brush and Formula 409 on the body.
      I did this outside on the sidewalk yesterday (it was really hot and sunny so it dried very fast.
      Just to be "sure" I hand wiped it down with shop towels and IPA.

      The plastic parts I removed from the metal frames...
      Power washed the frames then hand washed the plastic in the bathtub with normal Dawn dish soap and a soft sponge.
      Just like with the body I hand wiped with IPA after

      The stainless feet and metal join covers I used paper towels and Brassio metal polish (this worked fantastically btw).

      Its all back together just to make sure I didn't miss anything (and I didn't, using the PDF manuals helps a TON).
      I'm still waiting on my new LCD bracket and 120mm fans.
      Darksoft/Apocalypse: CPS2, CPS3, F3-β, MVS, S16-β
      RGB: RECO v2
      invzim: Jammafier v1.6b
      XianXi: JNX Raiden, SC Taito Classic, SC Sega System 16/24, Namco System 11/12 KHA
      Frank_fjs: JAMMA Extender (Special HAS Edition)
    • @jassin000

      Looks good! Might have tried power washing it, but that is not feasible for me. Going to have to do everything by hand. Never used Brassio, what does it do?

      How was the nicotine residue (assuming the cab has it) with your wash? Reason I ask, is I did a spot test on the body of the cab and I feel that that this residue is the biggest hurdle to overcome when it comes to restoring/cleaning the cab. I've found some ways to remove this residue, but it is good to see what other people have done here.

      Update:

      Spent some time removing all the sticky residue from left over pads that had been used to hold wires inside the cab and also sticky residue on the outside from tape and stickers. Goo Gone was used for this, pretty straight forward.

      Next, going shopping for cleaning supplies for the metal frame and the rest of the parts.
    • the nicotine residue was the worst part, only the 409 loosen it, and I had to do small sections and spray often.
      IF the 409 dried so did the yellow/brown scummy film.
      Darksoft/Apocalypse: CPS2, CPS3, F3-β, MVS, S16-β
      RGB: RECO v2
      invzim: Jammafier v1.6b
      XianXi: JNX Raiden, SC Taito Classic, SC Sega System 16/24, Namco System 11/12 KHA
      Frank_fjs: JAMMA Extender (Special HAS Edition)
    • jassin000 wrote:

      the nicotine residue was the worst part, only the 409 loosen it, and I had to do small sections and spray often.
      IF the 409 dried so did the yellow/brown scummy film.
      Yeah, if Japanese arcades did not allow people to smoke, 2nd hand buyers would be better off. I used to smoke, and I remember thinking it was 'cool' they allowed people to game, smoke, and drink...honestly, if smoking was not dangerous I would still be sitting in front of a cab for hours chain smoking and probably drinking. :)
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      Update:

      Finished with my spots tests/cleaning experiments. Tried several things, but the solution that worked best was a Magic Eraser with a couple of sprays of Simple Green for cleaning the cab. Tried sponges, scrubbers, etc. The Magic Eraser is abrasive, but it is so minor as not to be a concern.

      The main concern is nicotine residue and attempting to eliminate the nicotine residue is not worth it. Let's put it this way: I used to smoke in my car and the front of the windshield had a ton of nicotine residue on it. However, you could only see the residue in certain temperatures. The rest of the time it was invisible. For a Vewlix cab, a person is not going to see this residue in any temperature because the Vewlix is not glass and the residue does not show up. It is really difficult to remove too, so one should realize this and not worry about it.

      Definitely still going to finish scrubbing the cab with Magic Erasers combined with Simple Green because it will clean up a lot of residue and it will make it smell nicer. After that, going to wipe it down with water and paper towels to remove any remnants from the Magic Erasers. This process will take some time, but now there is a clear path on which to proceed, so all it is is a matter of heading down that path. :)

      :!: Do not use baking soda combined with dish soap and something harsh to scrub the body of the Vewlix! Did a spot test with this combo and it dulls the paint. It was a small spot on the back, so it's not a big deal, but good to know!