TAITO arcade stool refurbish

I got myself a pair of pretty sad looking TAITO arcade stools a couple of months ago but hadn’t had time to get them looking good until now (currently on vacation).

I took a photo of one when I got them, thinking the fabric was orange, but now in the process I actually noticed that these where red when they left the factory. :/ Japanese ass-sweat™ can do that I guess.

Here’s the picture:


I then opened it in Photoshop and played around with the colour until I made my mind up to have a purple fabric to match my EGRET II’s:


At the start of this week, I began the work on removing as much rust as possible from the legs, but having removed the worst, I still have a bit to go, so to keep myself motivated to continue, I took a break from polishing and began re-upholstering the cushions today.

(Before the steel-wool, sweaty workout on the left side, pretty awesome stuff)

Left to do on the legs is using Autosol chrome buffer to get a high shine. But now let’s go on with the cushion work for now.


Got myself some cheap, but nice velour fabric to use. It’s quite thin, so I used two layers on top of the foam I used to stuff the cushion.


I took the above picture to show off the difference between the original red and the orange, but it’s not that visible in the picture, sorry. You can see the particle board used in the seat though.


The one responsible for assembly of this stool used some extra pieces of scary foam as padding on the screws, but I just used a thicker, nicer foam instead.


Scary, huh? It’s pretty thin as well, I wonder what it looked like when it was installed.




The new foam. I’ve seen people use the old foam as a reference, but mine just disintegrated so I binned it ASAP.


I hurt my hand a while back in an accident at work, so doing this was a bit tricky. I know it’s not perfect but I think it looks OK.


I then re-used the lining that was originally on here, but tried to align the holes a little better. Looks better in real life.


Et voilá! I took a couple of more shots as well:




I’m off to the post office now to pick up new plastic feet for my stools. These are known as ferrules should you need some and can be bought from ebay etc. You’ll want 19 mm ones and plastic, not rubber or they will break on you. I might do the other one later today.


Picked up the ferrules and they are awesome.




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  1. Looks awesome! I just picked up 8 of these stools from an arcade shutting down, and this guide is a God-send! I can’t wait to get started on the restoration now. Thanks so much for doing this, and I hope your hand is doing better these days!

    1. Thanks, man. I really can’t take full credit for this guide, as people on Arcade Otaku’s been posting similar threads earlier. 🙂 My hand’s much better thanks, working 80% I guess.

    • Gez Fry on 10/06/2018 at 17:40
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    That photo from the side, of the Egret, stool, window and plant is the one that finally pushed me over the edge to ask my wife if we could have a candy cab in the house… it’s an incredible photo. And I think showing it to her convinced her that arcade machines could actually look kind of cool… well long story short, there’s a Super Neo 29 on its way to our apartment as I type this 🙂

    1. Glad it got her on board. 😉

    • RJ Kelley on 09/09/2019 at 15:46
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    Looking for a pair of these stools were can I buy them? Thanks tribalobey@yahoo.com

    • RJ Kelley on 09/09/2019 at 15:46
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    Looking for a pair of these stools were can I buy them? Thanks


    1. I would recommend you to get an account on Arcade Otaku and ask there. Deals directly from Japan happen from time to time.

    • Cødiene on 11/04/2020 at 20:09
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    That is a very nice Egret. For me the purple colour would be a real close second choice, first would be pink. Great work on that stool.

    PS. if you are in Europe you can pick up the stools from shadaloo when they have them in stock.


    1. Thanks.

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