GNR Paint and Polish

By pa_cramer

August 08, 2020

42 days ago

Like most of us, I've had some spare time so I got stuck into a pinball project. 

I was looking for another machine to go along with my T2 and when GNR was on offer it was hard to say no.

Cosmetically, the cabinet had the same issues as one would expect from something that old. The artwork was scratched up a bit but the colour wasn't going to be hard to match and getting everything to stand out with the clearcoat, I thought repainting it would be worthwhile.

The playfield had issues through the centre from the flippers up to the Axel scoop. Maybe water or oil had got on there at some stage. Also, some wear marks from the ball along with a few missing letters and the old mylar protection. "This was going to be a challenge!" Having painted some playfields outside of a machine before I was now looking at doing a repair with one still installed. A make or break decision that I don't think anyone else would have allowed me to do. I was fairly confident.

Both the cabinet and playfield came out really well. I purchased a decal for the playfield logo on eBay which made things easier and I was able to do a paint blend with the clearcoat through the centre area ending it at the lanes. 

The snake was fun to do. After having a look online of what other people had done I reshaped the head and removed most of the old repair. Then completely removed all of the colour back to the original prepainted see-through moulding and finished it off with a new paint scheme.

A few imperfections here and there but overall the machine looks good. I'm the type to never be fully satisfied with my work and doing the project in the living room made for some obstacles too but I got there in the end. 

The machine works well and the ball's smooth around the playfield. The DMD has a few lines in it which I'll replace eventually and the gun needs re-chroming. The coin door cabinet panel needs a coat of clear also. I'll wait until I take the gun off for re-chrome and spray it then.

Anyway, I thought I'd share the story while I have the time. The photos are in order for once and I've added a YouTube link to the speaker lights video in the comments section. 

Hope you enjoy the show.

Story photos

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