Introduction: MAME Light Up Arcade Sign

I created a light up MAME sign a few years ago and never got around to publishing the associated Instructable. It was designed to fit into a custom arcade cabinet that I was working on.

This project is relatively simple and was done with some basic tools. A few Q-Tips, Glue, Drill, Dremel and of course a spare towel.

Step 1: Materials

Signage: Blank metal rectangle from my local big box store. Scrap block of wood as a backing.

LED Light strip - I experimented with a few that were laying around the house. The USB version that is marketed as a backlight for TV's worked well.

Rusting agents: 16oz hydrogen peroxide, 2oz white vinegar, and ½ tablespoon of salt

Dremel with EZ Lock metal cutting bits.


Bolts (4)

Printer - to Print MAME silhouette

Towel - mess prevention

Step 2: Print and Cut

I printed a MAME silhouette and taped it down to the metal. I then traced the outline with a pencil, I cut the outline just enough to let light through but not enough that the letters would fall out - experiment and cut a little at a time.

Step 3:

Once the outline was complete I mixed 16oz hydrogen peroxide, 2oz white vinegar, and ½ tablespoon of salt in a container. I used a Q-tip to apply the solution to the inside of the MAME outline. I waited for the solution to dry, wiped it clean and reapplied until I achieved the desired look.

Wipe it clean to avoid further rusting.

Step 4: Assembly

I attached an LED strip to the back of the sign and then drilled a bolt into each corner.

I apologize for not having more pictures - this project is old and my pictures were lost when my old computer died. Feel free to ask questions and I will try to help!

Step 5:

Lighting Challenge

Participated in the
Lighting Challenge