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Painting the O2

Rob Mitchell

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After using a hairdryer to heat the adhesive glue and removing the labels very gently, I sprayed the silver parts using Rust-Oleum American Accents 2x Ultra-Cover and got pretty good results .. Because my Odyssey 2 Microprocessor is stamped on the plastic, I had to mask over it. Below it is the O2 Voice which does have a removable badge logo.


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TOO LATE!!! I went for it with Krylon Fusion for Plastic® Metallic Shimmer - Nickel Shimmer...




...and it now looks like this:




Edit: Added photo of console after some 2000 grit wet-dry sanding and with label back on it:




It hasn't completely cured yet (needs 7 days, was painted this afternoon) and I think I'm going to sand it ever-so-lightly with high-grade wet sandpaper (2000ish) to smooth it out a tiny bit after it is fully cured. Take it from me, if you are going to paint your O2 or Videopac make sure you've filled any deep pits or gouges and then sanded the plastic nice and smooth with progressively higher-grade wet sandpaper. I started sanding with 220 wet-dry (wet) and moved to 600, then 1500, and topped off with a 2000 (all wet sanding, none dry) before spraying. This is my second attempt since my first attempt was done without filling and sanding and let me tell you, the first attempt did not turn out nearly as good. Yes, there is a slight color difference from the original silver but it looks WAY, WAY, WAY better than before I painted it. Actually, it may look better than it did new. On the first attempt I had masked off the Odyssey2 logo in the top left corner but I didn't like how it came out so I decided to paint over it (after sanding :) ) and silkscreen it back later.


You can see the original silver still on the controllers except for the action buttons that I hit with the Krylon after I carefully removed them.





The buttons on this unit had obviously seen some serious play-time. They were bare plastic and a bit worn down.


As I said, I am planning on silk-screening (not sure how yet) the Odyssey2 logo back in the top left corner




I made this one and it is really pretty close to the original but not 100% perfect:




I saved the label that surrounds the cartridge slot for reapplication after the paint is completely finished. Be careful removing that thing. It is metal but you don't want to bend it.


Who knows how to shine/polish the clear, shiny plastic covering the keyboard? It's super easy to get to the whole surface once you have the plastic face-plate off and I'd like to get it super shiny and coated with a protectant of some sort to avoid future scratches/discoloration before I claim that I am done with my refurb. I think I'll clean and spray the controllers with the Krylon, too, so they match perfectly.

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I finally got around to painting my test console that had a really scratched up and faded silver cover. This was a cheap paint job with a couple cans of flat black I bought at a garage sale. It didn't come out perfect but it is a lot better than it was. I also painted the Action buttons on the controllers and put in an LED to the right of the power switch. It doesn't look too bright in the pics but it looks alright in person. Let me know what you think.

Anybody else do any paint jobs lately?




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