(Topic ID: 185988)

Atlantis - Back from the brink!


By Noobee

2 years ago



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  • Latest reply 2 years ago by goldenboy232
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#1 2 years ago

Just finished a full restore of my once termite ridden Atlantis!

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#2 2 years ago

Very nice!! Is that a Wade PF? I ask because you have the pin above the right flipper, which my Wade PF doesn't have.

#3 2 years ago

Nice, looks like you're also set up for 3 more Wade Krause playfields.

#4 2 years ago

Looks Great! Excellent work. How was the playfield when you started?

FatalityTech
Joe ---

#5 2 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

Nice, looks like you're also set up for 3 more Wade Krause playfields.

I guess I'm being dense, what do you mean by that?

#6 2 years ago
Quoted from pocketscience:

Very nice!! Is that a Wade PF? I ask because you have the pin above the right flipper, which my Wade PF doesn't have.

No, I repaint and clearcoat all my playfields myself...

#7 2 years ago
Quoted from FatalityTech:

Looks Great! Excellent work. How was the playfield when you started?
FatalityTech
Joe ---

The playfield wasn't as bad as some, but was definitely dirty and would not clean up too well, so I did a complete repaint.

#8 2 years ago

Nice resto for an EM classic.

#9 2 years ago

Because those are on his list. He is gonna do Jumping Jack, Quick Draw and Sky Jump. Sky Jump will finish soon, I hope.

#10 2 years ago
Quoted from Noobee:

The playfield wasn't as bad as some, but was definitely dirty and would not clean up too well, so I did a complete repaint.

Is that hard / expensive to do? Looks Great!

#11 2 years ago
Quoted from FatalityTech:

Is that hard / expensive to do? Looks Great!

Certainly not expensive, the way I do it, but very tedious and time consuming. I guess you just have to like doing stuff like that. I repaint with Joanne fabrics acrylic paints and craft brushes. Then I clearcoat with, dare I say, brush on minwax polycrylic. Block sanding between coats 2 or 3 through 7. Many say that is sacrilege, but in my experience it looks good if done right, and with the amount of play the machines get in home use, holds up very well.

#12 2 years ago

BTW, the backglass is a Bgresto. Shout out to Steve, who has done all of my backglasses and does a magnificent job, in my opinion.

#13 2 years ago

Hank
Very, very nice like all of your pins! That cab is perfect... repainted or original?

#14 2 years ago

She is gorgeous!

#15 2 years ago
Quoted from Budman:

Hank
Very, very nice like all of your pins! That cab is perfect... repainted or original?

The cabinet is repainted using rattle cans and homemade stencils. Actually the original cabinet was toast due to heavy termite damage, so I had to sacrifice another machine and use its cabinet. Cool that a two player king cool has the exact same cabinet as the Atlantis.

#16 2 years ago

Fantastic work. It looks great!

#17 2 years ago

Thanks. I had not played too many games on Atlantis before I bought it, but man is it a great playing game! Very entertaining rule set for sure. I think it just turned into my favorite game!

#18 2 years ago

Very nice indeed!

Atlantis is a fun game and I have restored two. Problem is once I get them nice someone ends up buying mine.

#19 2 years ago

Hats off to you, very nice work.
i have taken on a lot of different types of basket cases but never had to deal with termites. not sure i would of tried if i was in your shoes

#20 2 years ago

I'm still undecided about whether to restore my cabinet... or keep the 70's patina... this thread definitely has me leaning towards a restore now.

I do wish that Steve would reply to my request regarding a half moon Atlantis BG... I bought a Ron Webb repro before I realised I had a early production machine...

#21 2 years ago
Quoted from pocketscience:

I'm still undecided about whether to restore my cabinet... or keep the 70's patina... this thread definitely has me leaning towards a restore now.
I do wish that Steve would reply to my request regarding a half moon Atlantis BG... I bought a Ron Webb repro before I realised I had a early production machine...

he did not have the sample glass on file but he did make the sample glass for me and it is perfect.
if you text steve he will respond the same day pm me if you want the info

#22 2 years ago

I got an Atlantis sample glass from Steve, looks amazing!

#23 2 years ago
Quoted from Noobee:

The cabinet is repainted using rattle cans and homemade stencils. Actually the original cabinet was toast due to heavy termite damage, so I had to sacrifice another machine and use its cabinet. Cool that a two player king cool has the exact same cabinet as the Atlantis.

Not sacrilege if the results improve on the condition. I use similar methods that look and play well. Try using Varathane semigloss in a spray can instead of the Minwax. You may find it is superior. Also available in a 1/2 pint can that can be used to fill/level inserts. There is an interesting article on Ciffy's website about a game did that is worth reading about pink color shift to orange. I use light coats (4-5 total) that allow for leveling and correcting problems along the way as one sands. Keep up the good work!

#24 2 years ago
Quoted from Noobee:

Certainly not expensive, the way I do it, but very tedious and time consuming. I guess you just have to like doing stuff like that. I repaint with Joanne fabrics acrylic paints and craft brushes. Then I clearcoat with, dare I say, brush on minwax polycrylic. Block sanding between coats 2 or 3 through 7. Many say that is sacrilege, but in my experience it looks good if done right, and with the amount of play the machines get in home use, holds up very well.

Project looks great. Not sacrilege if these are the results. I think you are an artist.

#25 2 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

i have taken on a lot of different types of basket cases but never had to deal with termites. not sure i would of tried if i was in your shoes

I ended up using a donor cabinet and a donor back box head. I rebuilt an entirely new back box light box board and a new bottom cabinet board and piece of wood for tilt mech. Threw every piece of wood out except for the playfield which was in reasonable shape. I inspected and treated with some sort of termite stuff, can't remember the name.

The whole termite experience was a nightmare. I will NEVER do that again. Perhaps in another thread I will tell that story. In retrospect, the machine looks good now, but I still get nervous about having brought the original machine anywhere near my house.

I also paid WAY too much for the machine in its awful condition, but after all it is an Atlantis.

#26 2 years ago
Quoted from Noobee:

I ended up using a donor cabinet and a donor back box head. I rebuilt an entirely new back box light box board and a new bottom cabinet board and piece of wood for tilt mech. Threw every piece of wood out except for the playfield which was in reasonable shape. I inspected and treated with some sort of termite stuff, can't remember the name.
The whole termite experience was a nightmare. I will NEVER do that again. Perhaps in another thread I will tell that story. In retrospect, the machine looks good now, but I still get nervous about having brought the original machine anywhere near my house.
I also paid WAY too much for the machine in its awful condition, but after all it is an Atlantis.

That's exactly what I did with my Atlantis. It arrived from Florida a termite-ridden mess. I ditched every piece of wood but the playfield and got a donor cabinet and head and started over. Turned out great. I detailed it in this thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/what-to-do-with-atlantis/page/5#post-3020439

#27 2 years ago

Beautiful job. Great game.

Atlantis is such a great game.

#28 2 years ago
Quoted from goldenboy232:

That's exactly what I did with my Atlantis. It arrived from Florida a termite-ridden mess. I ditched every piece of wood but the playfield and got a donor cabinet and head and started over. Turned out great. I detailed it in this thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/what-to-do-with-atlantis/page/5#post-3020439

Oh I saw your thread. Beautiful job! I referred to it on a couple of occasions. Thanks for sharing your great work!

#29 2 years ago

Great job

Minor point - flippers are not meant to be set up offset on this game.

Enjoy!

#30 2 years ago

great looking game

"FYI" the pin by the right sling plastic was only used on sample games. they extended the plastic during the production run
thus making the pin not needed. the dimple remained during the production run. the plastic does what the pin was intended to do

#31 2 years ago
Quoted from Shapeshifter:

Great job
Minor point - flippers are not meant to be set up offset on this game.
Enjoy!

Yeah, I was so excited to take some pics, I did so before I finished adjusting the flipper position. Think I have it right now though, thanks for the input. You guys don't miss a thing!

#32 2 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

great looking game
"FYI" the pin by the right sling plastic was only used on sample games. they extended the plastic during the production run
thus making the pin not needed. the dimple remained during the production run. the plastic does what the pin was intended to do

I wasn't sure about that. The game had the pin when I got it. The ipdb write up does not indicate that the pin was only on the sample games, so I wasn't sure what to do with it.

#33 2 years ago
Quoted from Noobee:

I wasn't sure about that. The game had the pin when I got it. The ipdb write up does not indicate that the pin was only on the sample games, so I wasn't sure what to do with it.

no big deal it doesn't hurt being there. i have seen 75% of atlantis with the unneeded pin.
i thought i would just l point it out for future reference. maybe i will email Jay at IPDB and let him know

#34 2 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

great looking game
"FYI" the pin by the right sling plastic was only used on sample games. they extended the plastic during the production run
thus making the pin not needed. the dimple remained during the production run. the plastic does what the pin was intended to do

I learn something every day! I might just remove that pin now.

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