(Topic ID: 239524)

60's & 70's Metal Gottlieb Replay Button


By Darcy

11 months ago



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  • Latest reply 11 months ago by lint
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    “60's & 70's Metal Gottlieb Replay Button”

    • Just buy new buttons. 6 votes
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    • I have had the same thoughts. 0 votes
    • Try refurbishing the button, although time is money. 0 votes

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    #1 11 months ago

    Need some input regarding the Replay Button (start button). Looking at improving the look of the front of a few Gottliebs.

    I have bought new Buttons from PBR, they are reasonably priced at $3.25. Some of the lower quality pins I have do not need a new button. Have seen some games on Pinside with the button painted bright red, which doesn't look quite right. The red colour is more translucent on the new buttons. What has been applied to the bare metal buttons to make them look this way? Are they anodized?

    Could a translucent red paint or dye be applied to the buttons? Take the button out, buff it, clean it, then colour it, could cost more than just getting a new ones.

    #2 11 months ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    Need some input regarding the Replay Button (start button). Looking at improving the look of the front of a few Gottliebs.
    I have bought new Buttons from PBR, they are reasonably priced at $3.25. Some of the lower quality pins I have do not need a new button. Have seen some games on Pinside with the button painted bright red, which doesn't look quite right. The red colour is more translucent on the new buttons. What has been applied to the bare metal buttons to make them look this way? Are they anodized?
    Could a translucent red paint or dye be applied to the buttons? Take the button out, buff it, clean it, then colour it, could cost more than just getting a new ones.

    I use a VHT anodised red spray can. For me the $3.25 + exch rate + shipping makes the spray can a good buy. Probably only need one can for a lifetime!

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    #3 11 months ago

    I've found that the new buttons also wear very quickly - when actuated, the metal to metal scraping on the coin door hole fades the button sides rapidly.

    #4 11 months ago

    Some people simply color the button with a red Sharpie marker.

    #5 11 months ago
    Quoted from DaMoib:

    I've found that the new buttons also wear very quickly - when actuated, the metal to metal scraping on the coin door hole fades the button sides rapidly.

    You must be playing the living hell out of your games, because I have buttons in machines I restored 7-8 years ago that look like the day they came from PBR.

    #6 11 months ago

    " VHT anodised red spray" sweet, good thing I save those 20 or 30 buttons.

    #7 11 months ago

    Really good answers, thanks.

    Once a new button is installed, those metal flipper buttons with their worn off red colour will not match any more. It is a real slippery slope on replacing old parts for new, on a 40 plus year old game.

    Thinking that if a layer of paint is applied, the paint will just rub off, on the sides, as it is pushed into the coin door. A dye or ink goes on much thinner.

    #8 11 months ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    You must be playing the living hell out of your games, because I have buttons in machines I restored 7-8 years ago that look like the day they came from PBR.

    I must have a tight door hole , played probably about 200 games in the year since I replaced the replay button on a Bank-A-Ball. Flipper buttons (also replaced at the same time) look like new though.

    I save all my old buttons, too... may try the sharpie first

    #9 11 months ago
    Quoted from pinhead52:

    " VHT anodised red spray" sweet, good thing I save those 20 or 30 buttons.

    I'm right there with you.

    #10 11 months ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    Really good answers, thanks.
    Once a new button is installed, those metal flipper buttons with their worn off red colour will not match any more. It is a real slippery slope on replacing old parts for new, on a 40 plus year old game.
    Thinking that if a layer of paint is applied, the paint will just rub off, on the sides, as it is pushed into the coin door. A dye or ink goes on much thinner.

    I hit the metal flipper buttons with the anodised red spray and cleared also-fully matched!

    #11 11 months ago

    Anybody make a red clear version of that button you could illuminate?

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