This is a quick tutorial for those who are looking to drill holes on a plastic control panel for the Arcade1up machines. Folks may want to do this to replace their existing artwork overlay and/or add the plastic protector to save from additional wear and tear.
You can also upgrade from the stock Arcade1up joysticks and buttons for a decent price and, the cool buttons light up giving it the arcade the extra spice it needed.
Here are some options if you’re interested in upgrading your joysticks and buttons.
Prior to installing the new plastic protector, I had trouble finding any good tutorial and instructions so I thought it would be a great idea to share this experience with anyone who may be interested.
Most people fear the plastic sheets would crack when drilling them but fear not as I was able to drill perfect holes with no issue.
Note, this guide is only for plastic sheets that were 2mm thick from Arcade1Up.
3 Things (and costs) you will need to get started:
- Street Fighter Deck Protector with Overlay from Arcade1Up.
- $24.50 USD (including $12 shipping)
- To order the Arcade1up Screen Protector, visit: https://arcade1up.com/collections/control-panel-overlays
- Electric Drill
- $34.99 USD
- Step Drill Bit
- $9.99 USD
My Total Project Cost: $69.48 (not including taxes)
You may be able to get away with any drill, but I wanted to use a low powered drill to avoid the risk of the plastic cracking from too much force. For this project, I used this BLACK & DECKER 12V Cordless Drill – BDCDD12C.
Step Drill Bit
The proper Step Drill Bit is also required to do the work. There are certain drill bits which are made for plastic/acrylic. After some research, I have found the Neiko Titanium Step Drill Bit (1/4” to 1 3/8”) and Innetoc Shank Titanium Step Drill Bit (1/4” to 1 3/8”) has worked without issues for me.