Hi desertT1 and everybody;
My hubby & I acquired the Bally Joust several years ago and I'm just starting to clean it up. This is my first pinball machine and I've never done this before; so I just want to start by replacing the #44 light bulbs to #47s and replace all rubbers, and clean/wax the playfield.
The cleaning part I'm a little nervous about; I've seen all kinds of recommendations on cleaners but I'm concerned that some of them may remove the paint. Is Magic Eraser the best way to go? And everyone talks about Novus 2, is that meant for only plastics? And what can I use to clean/shine the metal parts, e.g. the lockdown bar?
The left flipper doesn't work; it is lagging and if I hold the flipper button down for several seconds it will buzz quietly, like there's a motor really trying, and then will move verrrry slowly, just a little. I need a little help as to what/how to fix that. I can post a video of it, if that would help.
The plastic on the right flipper is broken and I'm having a hard time finding a replacement part for a 2-inch plain red flipper; any ideas? Many sites list them but they're "out of stock".
DesertT: I can't reach the back of the game right now as it's against the wall, but just wanted to know if the key to unlock the backboard is the same key as the one for the coin slot door? As I can't seem to find a second key.
And can you tell me how roughly how many light bulbs are NOT #44 or #47 and what kind they are? I ordered a bunch of #47 but didn't know what other kind to get.
Thanks guys! Sorry I'm such a novice at this but I just want to make sure I don't mess anything up. I found many how-to websites but most of them are a little too technical for me.