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#1 bszarek001 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:48 AM

I just finished up the wonderful McWill screen mod. I love this old system again. 

 

Next question is this --- does anyone know of a paint brand/color that will match well to the paint used on the Lynx I? I understand there is a method of taking it all apart, sanding it down, priming it, etc, but frankly I'm looking for a player, not a showpiece...However, I do want to stop the chipping. Has any one does this before and have a recommendation? 

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Posted Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:45 AM

I just finished up the wonderful McWill screen mod. I love this old system again. 

 

Next question is this --- does anyone know of a paint brand/color that will match well to the paint used on the Lynx I? I understand there is a method of taking it all apart, sanding it down, priming it, etc, but frankly I'm looking for a player, not a showpiece...However, I do want to stop the chipping. Has any one does this before and have a recommendation? 

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As it turns out, Shinto of The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast recently addressed this very problem in an audio submission for the introductory episode of The Atari Lynx HandyCast podcast. His solution was to mix two paints together: Testors #1149 Flat Black and Testors #1163 Flat Gray. Hope this helps.

 

You can listen to that episode (EPISODE 00: "Love of Lynx") of The Atari Lynx HandyCast on Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Stitcher, or Google Play. Or you can listen to it at the website, www.atarilynxhandycast.net. BTW, EPISODE 01: Blue Lightning will be available on Monday, February 19, 2018.

 

Eat. Sleep. LYNX. Repeat.

 

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#3 bszarek001 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:31 PM

Wow Mark - thanks for the info. I don't know how you were able to pull that random data from the interwebs, but i appreciate it. I've also subscribed to the podcast. It was pretty cool. I've got the paint ordered through Amazon, so I'll let you know how it turns out! Thanks for the tip! 

 

 

 

 

As it turns out, Shinto of The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast recently addressed this very problem in an audio submission for the introductory episode of The Atari Lynx HandyCast podcast. His solution was to mix two paints together: Testors #1149 Flat Black and Testors #1163 Flat Gray. Hope this helps.

 

You can listen to that episode (EPISODE 00: "Love of Lynx") of The Atari Lynx HandyCast on Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Stitcher, or Google Play. Or you can listen to it at the website, www.atarilynxhandycast.net. BTW, EPISODE 01: Blue Lightning will be available on Monday, February 19, 2018.

 

Eat. Sleep. LYNX. Repeat.

 

-Mark

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#4 MillipedeMan OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:45 PM

Wow Mark - thanks for the info. I don't know how you were able to pull that random data from the interwebs, but i appreciate it. I've also subscribed to the podcast. It was pretty cool. I've got the paint ordered through Amazon, so I'll let you know how it turns out! Thanks for the tip! 

 

 

 

 

Didn't have to search for it at all; I had coincidentally uploaded that episode to my new podcast only a couple of weeks ago, and I remember Shinto's audio submission for the show. It was pure luck. Please let me know how it looks when you get the paints in; Shinto says the colors are a very close match.

 

Eat. Sleep. LYNX. Repeat.

 

-Mark

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#5 bszarek001 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:36 AM

 

Didn't have to search for it at all; I had coincidentally uploaded that episode to my new podcast only a couple of weeks ago, and I remember Shinto's audio submission for the show. It was pure luck. Please let me know how it looks when you get the paints in; Shinto says the colors are a very close match.

 

Eat. Sleep. LYNX. Repeat.

 

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So I bought the paint, Testors flat black TT-1149 and flat grey TT-1163, mixed it as best I could to achieve the closest color I could and this is the result. It looks "ok". The paint is difficult to work with because it dries so fast and while the flat finish I think matches fairly closely to the Lynx I paint job, I believe there is a hint of blue in the original color scheme, so it's not quite matching up no matter how much mixing I do. If I'm being honest, I would rather have used a matte finish clear coat and preserved the case with the chipping to retain the patina and just stop the chipping. Overall, I'd give the result a C+ and would only recommend it for purposes of stopping the chipping, which it does successfully. Because this is the unit I did the McWill screen mod with, I'll be keeping an eye out for a console case on a "parts" Lynx to try and swap out. 

 

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#6 MillipedeMan OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:41 AM

 

So I bought the paint, Testors flat black TT-1149 and flat grey TT-1163, mixed it as best I could to achieve the closest color I could and this is the result. It looks "ok". The paint is difficult to work with because it dries so fast and while the flat finish I think matches fairly closely to the Lynx I paint job, I believe there is a hint of blue in the original color scheme, so it's not quite matching up no matter how much mixing I do. If I'm being honest, I would rather have used a matte finish clear coat and preserved the case with the chipping to retain the patina and just stop the chipping. Overall, I'd give the result a C+ and would only recommend it for purposes of stopping the chipping, which it does successfully. Because this is the unit I did the McWill screen mod with, I'll be keeping an eye out for a console case on a "parts" Lynx to try and swap out. 

 

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Sorry it didn't come out looking as good as you were hoping it would. Thanks for the update; even a less-than-optimum result in dealing with restoring these old machines is something we can all learn from. I appreciate providing the pics, too. Good luck in your search for a pristine case in which to switch your unit.

 

-Mark



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Posted Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:44 AM

No worries -- this is how we learn as a restoration community.  Thanks for the info! 



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Posted Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:55 PM

Yeah, the paint isn't a perfect match and doesn't hold up to close scrutiny, but I'm reasonably happy with the results on my model 1.

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I wish I had taken a "before" picture.  It wasn't a pretty sight.

 



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Posted Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:21 PM

To me the color looked spot on but the problem seemed more of a texture issue bumpiness int the paint where it wasn't smooth with the rest.  Very close color match.


#10 bszarek001 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 4, 2018 8:59 AM

Thanks everyone. I might be able to redo some portions of the paint, but it does dry fast and is difficult to work with, like I said. However, it stopped the chipping (with the exception of the cart door, which will forever be problematic), and that was my main concern.

Ps - Mark, I didnt realize Id be included in on your podcast. That was a nice surprise. I loved it from beginning to end. My only recommendations would be to, if possible, include any interviews you could find with the programmers or developers. Loved the infusion of back in the day stories, which is what this is all about. Im a newbie (only 13 games I believe), but am definitely reliving my youth. I originally had a Lynx II, and remember playing it on long road trips. Im pretty sure my parents bought I for me to keep my quiet in the back of the car. I remember even back then the screen brightness and contrast being an issue..if only the McWill screen was available then. Thanks, and look forward to learning about more games (and deciding if I should buy them)! Also, loved the coin page in a binder storage idea. I may use that. Cheers!

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Posted Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:52 PM

Interesting, I never thought about doing that before.  I've had a few model 1 units over the years and they have always been chipped.  






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