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Okay, so here's the skinny: I've got a Dance Dance Revolution arcade cabinet that I'm trying to overhaul to a certain extent, its an older Korean cabinet, and therefore has some wood pieces where there should be metal and the like - but the big problems are a few plastic bits and the broken screen (found a new one already, thank God)

The plastic pieces I'm worried about:
Currently the arrow panels are 1/4" thick 11.5x11.5" tapered squares made of acrylic (hexagonal, but with uneven sides would be the correct shape) the angles for the tapered corners are 135 degrees (leaving an edge at 45 degrees) The key problem here is the acrylic - it's pretty sturdy and holds up - but it still breaks eventually. I'm looking to switch to Lexan - which is much more impact resistant. Does anybody know of a company capable of high quality printing on the reverse surface of the Lexan? Furthermore, the graphic printed on these arrow panels eventually wears off - I was thinking of using a single layer of pure white vinyl film and then another layer of clear vinyl film followed up by using acetone to melt the 3 layers together around the edges, carefully of course. This would provide an extra layer of durability between the metal and the graphic, effectively saving it for a long period of time.

The second piece of plastic is the "marquee" or "header" piece; Originally the cabinets came with 1/4" thick hard plastic sheets with a graphic screen printed on the reverse side of them. When the machines were upgraded from the original "Dance Dance Revolution" to any newer mix, a clear piece of 1/8" thick soft plastic was provided, along with a poster quality print to stick behind it to change the marquee. I'm wondering if anybody knows how to go about shaping a piece of plastic with a graphic printed on it, I'd like to have a new marquee made with a high quality graphic printed directly on it - it gives a much better overall appearance - furthermore my marquee is broken - so I need to replace the plastic anyways because it looks ugly.

Anyways, thanks in advance for any assistance
    
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I would think the best method for making the dance pads would be to use acrylic or lexan, frost the top side, and have the graphic printed on vinyl and placed under it (not attached to it) making it easy to replace a panel if it should be damaged. 1/4" lexan should hold up well.

As for the marquee, I'd also do the double layer setup. Put a piece of clear acrylic on the outside, and have the graphic printed on vinyl and stick to a second piece of clear acrylic.
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Graphic has to be attached on the floor panels as there is a void underneath them. the bigger problem with the marquee is the shaping of the plastic into that curve...
    
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