Bally Fireball/Twin Win spinning disk restore

(Topic ID: 201275)

Bally Fireball/Twin Win spinning disk restore

By John_I

12 months ago

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  • Latest reply 11 months ago by John_I
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#1 12 months ago

I just got a Twin Win. The game has the same ribbed spinning disk as Fireball and Fireball Classic. The rubber on the disk seems old and dry, so it doesn't really have much grip to affect the ball. Is there some way to rejuvenate the rubber to make it more sticky? I would really like for it to fling the ball around a little more! I cleaned it off really good with some alcohol and made sure I didn't get any Novus or wax on it. That didn't seem to help. I don't want to get too crazy because I don't see new ones for sale!

#2 12 months ago

Wildcat makes a rubber rejuvinator. Printers also buy some kind of rejuvinator product to extend the life of their rollers.

#3 12 months ago

I'm honestly surprised I've never seen a replacement rubber pad for either of these games. You might have to get creative if no amount of rubber rejuvenation works. I found some corrugated red rubber matting on the internet. It looks to be nearly identical to what Bally used--although I can't verify the "rib width/thickness." Unfortunately, it only looks like you can purchase in bulk, however, it looks like many of the sellers offer a free sample--which might just be enough for you to cut a circle out for Fireball. Might be worth a shot? Take a look:

#4 12 months ago

I used to have some of that rubber rejuvinator come to think of it. I have some of the Pinball Life rubber cleaner, but its not the same thing.

As for the printer stuff, this does look promising: link »

#6 11 months ago

I ordered some of this. Will report back this weekend.

#7 11 months ago

John's jukes had some NOS Fireball red disks for sale in his online store while ago, can't see them now so suspect he has sold them all, you could check with them if they have any, maybe a black one. He seems to always be adding NOS parts to his store.

#8 11 months ago

Ok, so I purchased the Rubber Renue that I linked above and it works well. First of all I will say that it is nasty stuff. I used gloves and had a huge cross ventilation through my gameroom to whisk the fumes outside. You don't want to breath this stuff and need to leave the game open for a day or two with a fan blowing on it!

Anyway, I had previously cleaned the disk with alcohol. I applied the rubber renue with a Q-tip and really scrubbed it into the top of the ridges where it would meet the ball. Then I let it dry without wiping and repeated two more times. The rubber is now noticeably a little softer and a little stickier. It definitely has an affect on game play and the ball moves a little more wildly. I used the word "little" a lot because I was hoping for more affect, but I was probably being unrealistic. So in summary, I am happy with the product and I think it had a positive affect without damaging the rubber. The rubber was definitely old and had a smooth glaze outer coat that needed treatment.

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