Mappy MakeOver Part1:Cpo

 Mappy Control Panel Overlay if you need one get one, I don’t think Darrin over at had many left
and not likely to be run again. The Quality is outstanding and there’s no inkjet available to my knowledge.  The repros from Phoenix are top notch, die-cut and 3m adhesive backed.

Now I’m sure everyone has got their own technique on installing a cpo I thought Id share my own.
Patience is key from prep, to clean and to the forming.
Now I’ve read alot of posts over the years on the forums about painting, not painting, primers, bondos, etc. well for starters the original panel were all done differently depending on its manufacture so that’s a good place to start. For Example Atari’s Cps were powder coated Black where as Midways were just primered. They were also fabricated differently which lead to problems with the cpos cracking and wearing in spots for studs and welds around the joystick.
Like the patron said to the burlesque dancer…Lets start stripin’!!!
Midway also used a thick Black padded adhesive to help hide these flaws and strips like butter with some citrus strip
and the easiest panel I’ve ever stripped.

Now the Midway control panels were fabricated a little differently than most and the cpos had the tendency to crack around those dropped areas. This is also why they used the thicker black adhesive to help hide and cushion those metal imperfections.
So for this reason I opted to bondo and fill in all the Midway fab defects to help prevent future problems.

Then I primered  WHITE.

Why White?
The silkscreening is generally somewhat transparent and the white base will keep the colors bright and even.
I wish I had done this with my Crystal Castles as it was quite noticeable going down on that black panel : (
gave it a nice finishing sanding and wiped it clean with some Alcohol the new CPO is ready for install.


First its always best to apply any art in a warm enviroment. Cold temptures will make vinyl brittle and cpos wont adhere as well.Its also recomended the surface temp of the panel be prewarmed so break out the heat gun and get it warm to the touch.

Place the cpo on the panel and hold into place with the buttons is usally the easiest for alignment.

Then peel back and cut off 4-inches just enough for most of that facing side up to the first bend.

Pull tight and apply to the panel pushing firmly with finger tips across and up about an inch at a time.

If you get any bubbles you cant push out DO NOT TRY TO LIFT THE CPO BACK UP
Once finished take a needle and pop it the polycarbonate will “self heal” pretty nicely and you’ll never notice it.
This will also keep you from ruining a nice new Cpo.
First step complete and Ill let this set up overnight with clamping down the small bend at the bottom. with some clamps and angle.

 you should NEVER rush an pplication and with cpos the more bends the longer it could take to form. So once thats had a chance to adhere and form flip and peel back some more of the cpo for the bend and top half and work in the same way. Now the cpo is in place and the buttons are removed at this point so when folded back you should be in the same place you started.

For the top fold, a little trick. Take your time on any sharp bends Don’t just try to fold and try to press into place its just going to spring up and pop back off and weaken your adhesive.
Instead slowly work in a crease by applying a little heat and bending the cpo back and forth a little
once you’ve got a nice “flap” you can fold it over and stick it down with very little effort

clamping and letting it set overnight for a good stick before continuing.

While that’s setting up a polished the shaft on the buffer and sprayed some tire cleaning foam on the dust washer the foam gets in the cracks and really cleans it and giving it a nice new black shine. rinse and a like new washer with zero effort.

Next up was to reassemble and repopulate the panel with the joystick and new buttos.       I also applied a strip of 1/4 foam weather striping this makes for a nice tight fit for the Cp to the glass and will prevent shifting.

Last Step: Reassemble, step back and admire a job well done.

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