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Any other Rail Sources?


By Clnilsen

5 days ago



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    #1 5 days ago

    I know Reese Rails is closed for the time being... anyone know of another supplier in the mix currently? I've got a Playboy in the wings ready for a restoration, and making these would be my one blind spot.

    #2 5 days ago

    Pinball Life sells some that are wrapped black wood grain plastic. I bought some. They seem pretty decent.

    #3 5 days ago

    You can buy 1/2" thick oak at Home Depot.
    rip it to 1" strips (surely u know 1 person with a tablesaw), sand, spray sg black.
    Easy.

    #4 5 days ago
    Quoted from Jjsmooth:

    You can buy 1/2" thick oak at Home Depot.
    rip it to 1" strips (surely u know 1 person with a tablesaw), sand, spray sg black.
    Easy.

    I wouldn't use an 'open-grain' wood like oak if your planning on painting anyway. A tighter grained would like Maple would be better the originals are more likely popular. Also check dimensions, maybe 1 1/8" depending on the game. As a personal mod on my EB Deluxe, I decided to try natural Oak which works with this theme IMO.

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    #5 5 days ago

    Vinyl wrapped pine are original crap.
    Painted oak was the standard previously.
    Like this.

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    #6 5 days ago

    Just sanded and repainted the rails on a 1970 Williams Gay 90's. Two were poplar and one was oak. Easy enough and the rails look great.

    #7 5 days ago
    Quoted from Clnilsen:

    I know Reese Rails is closed for the time being... anyone know of another supplier in the mix currently? I've got a Playboy in the wings read for a restoration, and making these would be my one blind spot.

    Yes I could make these. But I’d need the originals for a template.

    I have already made Bally KISS rails (I ha e an add for these). Reach out to me if interested.

    #8 5 days ago

    Most rails are 1/2” wide by 1 1/8” tall, but they do vary by game. Home Depot carries 1/2”x 3” x 3’ if you can find it in store, online they are no longer selling 1/2” oak.

    I used oak as finishing it with lacquer gave the look of original rails.

    Playboy is tough as the finish is a pinkish/purple, I used a mix of several dyes prior to finishing in clear lacquer. They are towards the back in this pic. Custom colors are always a bitch.

    Good luck, sorry I can’t help you out right now.

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    #9 4 days ago
    Quoted from TaylorVA:

    Most rails are 1/2” wide by 1 1/8” tall, but they do vary by game. Home Depot carries 1/2”x 3” x 3’ if you can find it in store, online they are no longer selling 1/2” oak.
    I used oak as finishing it with lacquer gave the look of original rails.
    Playboy is tough as the finish is a pinkish/purple, I used a mix of several dyes prior to finishing in clear lacquer. They are towards the back in this pic. Custom colors are always a bitch.
    Good luck, sorry I can’t help you out right now. [quoted image]

    THANKS!! No worries - I totally understand your situation right now. Just trying to see what else is out there for options. Thanks for all you do though!!!

    #10 4 days ago
    Quoted from Clnilsen:

    THANKS!! No worries - I totally understand your situation right now. Just trying to see what else is out there for options. Thanks for all you do though!!!

    Of course. If you find someone and they need some info on matching the color tell them to hit me up. I bought some powdered pink dye that I used that I could send to them, it goes a long way.

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