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Best of Pinside Restoration Guides and Resources


By TractorDoc

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    I've found several of these guides/threads very helpful with my recent restoration.

    **----** Playfield Area **----**

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-ultimate-playfield-restoration

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/cleaning-playfield-harnesses-vids-guide

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/cleaning-and-waxing-pinball-machines-vids-guide

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-upgradingrebuilding-flippers

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-spraymax-2k-auto-clear-in-a-can-club

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinside-rubber-ring-database-by-themetitle

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-fixing-stripped-screw-holes-in-wood

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/how-to-safely-flatten-warped-playfield-plastic

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/how-to-even-out-a-warped-plastic

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-re-populating-playfields

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/lexan-playfield-protector-install-and-review

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-rebuilding-pop-bumpers

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/making-new-ball-guides-from-scratch-vids-guide

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/replacing-stand-up-target-faces-vids-guide

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/say-goodbye-to-old-yellowed-plastics

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/removinglessening-yellowing-in-the-clear-areas-of-plastics

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/playfield-swap-guide

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/shop-job-master-checklist

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ultrasonic-cleaners

    **----** Cabinet Area **----**

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/cabinet-restoration-vids-guide

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/removing-side-rails-vids-guide

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinball-pimp-premium-cabinet-stencils-available-now-1

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/homebrew-webbing-step-by-step

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/“top-10”-things-not-to-do-to-a-pinball-back-glass#post-3147133

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinballplatingcom-chrome-brass-black-nickel-powder-coating

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/powder-coating-services-offered

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/classic-bally-stern-coin-doors-step-by-step-guide-to-restoration

    **----** Electronics **----**

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/replacing-line-cords-plugs-wall-sockets-vids-guide

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-quick-bally-driver-board-repair-bulletproofing

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-bulletproofing-williams-system-6

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/terrybs-soldering-guide-part-1

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/terrybs-guide-to-logic-probes

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/terrybs-guide-to-repairing-alkaline-battery-damage

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/stripping-battery-corrosion-with-a-strong-acid

    **----** Aftermarket Parts Sources **----**

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/online-pinball-parts-shops

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/reproduction-bally-aprons

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/oak-replacement-playfield-rails-wh2o-and-taf-ready-to-ship-or-york

    https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1055-nvramweeblycom

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/new-pinitech-led-displays-for-classic-bally-stern-plasma-contender#post-4669540

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/official-hardtops-thread

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/installing-barakandls-nvram-battery-eliminator-vids-review

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/freeplay40-ramps

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/important-announcement-from-starship-fantasy -- (reproduction ramps)

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/new-mantis-parts-available

    Feel free to post any other helpful restoration guides (I will try to keep updating the main list). I kept jumping between topics and thought it would be nice to have all the biggies in one place.

    #2 2 years ago

    Bryan Kelly’s top to bottom restoration of an IJ game is another good one

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ij-restoration-started

    #4 2 years ago

    Of course. I knew it had to be something like it somewhere.

    I was looking in the wrong place. I suppose we could focus on the non-Vid threads. . .

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    #8 2 years ago

    Nothing wrong with the Marco's version -- the only thing to note is that decal does not have the chrome/mirror finish that the original decal did.

    Marcos:

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    Other Vendors:

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    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from TractorDoc:

    Nothing wrong with the Marco's version -- the only thing to note is that decal does not have the chrome/mirror finish that the original decal did.
    Marcos:

    Other Vendors:

    https://www.phoenixarcade.com/products/stern/stern-credit-decal

    https://www.phoenixarcade.com/products/stern/stern-coin-door-decal

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    #10 2 years ago

    Pinside source for Bally/Stern Rectifier boards as well as other electronics:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1055-nvramweeblycom

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    #15 1 year ago

    Working on repopulating a playfield right now. . . of course Vid comes to the rescue.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-re-populating-playfields

    #16 1 year ago

    If clear coating your playfield is not the best option, perhaps a playfield protector is. They seem to help with playfields that have a lot of cupped inserts -- I will be using one on a Paragon in the near future.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/lexan-playfield-protector-install-and-review

    Several topics on making your own:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/making-a-play-field-protector-for-my-stern-big-game

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/i-made-a-playfield-protector-self-evaulation

    #17 1 year ago

    Sources for Pinball Parts. So many options, Robin's thread does a good job of listing suppliers and some of their specialties.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/online-pinball-parts-shops

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    #18 1 year ago

    brenna98 (Merf's Pins) has done an amazing job providing reproduction aprons -- some can still be acquired via Planetary Pinball.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/reproduction-bally-aprons

    #20 1 year ago

    Chome, Plating, and Powder coating services for pinball parts: sc93cobra / www.pinballplating.com

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinballplatingcom-chrome-brass-black-nickel-powder-coating

    **----**

    Powder coating: robertstone0407

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/powder-coating-services-offered

    Added into the "Cabinet Area" in the first post but playfield parts are offered for sale/exchange as well.

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    #22 1 year ago

    I learn something new everyday it seems here on Pinside (one many reasons why I keep coming back).
    Thanks to pacman and eh97ac for this thread:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/star-gazer-anyone-remake-the-inside-cabinet-paperwork-

    Inkochnito 's thread with details of the website:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/inkochnitos-pinball-score-and-instruction-cards-website-update

    Provides a link to apron cards, cabinet information/diagrams, etc.

    Direct link to the website: http://www.pinballrebel.com/pinball/cards/

    #26 1 year ago
    Quoted from TractorDoc:

    Learning about replacing Batteries in Games with NVRAM

    I did this a while back to make it easier for people to figure out which NVRAM to purchase for their games:
    https://www.pinitech.com/docs/pinball_nvram_game_list.pdf

    Since I've been involved with the NVRAM product as far back as 2012, I've always put out a ton of info on the product pages to simplify things. IMO the best concise resources for figuring out NVRAM is the PDF I linked above & also my individual product pages for each type of NVRAM @ https://www.pinitech.com/products/cat_nvram.php

    I've got board diagrams highlighting the RAM chip to replace, a rating of difficulty of installation on boards that require soldering, jumper changes listed, etc. IMO makes it easy as pie to understand. It's important for me to make sure people are comfortable with the product and what they're getting themselves into. Some NVRAM is plug-and-play, anyone can do it. Some of it requires modification of the circuit boards. I'd rather help people make an informed decision than see MPU boards damaged or the wrong chip was replaced because not enough information was out there.

    #27 1 year ago
    Quoted from acebathound:

    I did this a while back to make it easier for people to figure out which NVRAM to purchase for their games:
    https://www.pinitech.com/docs/pinball_nvram_game_list.pdf
    Since I've been involved with the NVRAM product as far back as 2012, I've always put out a ton of info on the product pages to simplify things. IMO the best concise resources for figuring out NVRAM is the PDF I linked above & also my individual product pages for each type of NVRAM @ https://www.pinitech.com/products/cat_nvram.php
    I've got board diagrams highlighting the RAM chip to replace, a rating of difficulty of installation on boards that require soldering, jumper changes listed, etc. IMO makes it easy as pie to understand. It's important for me to make sure people are comfortable with the product and what they're getting themselves into. Some NVRAM is plug-and-play, anyone can do it. Some of it requires modification of the circuit boards. I'd rather help people make an informed decision than see MPU boards damaged or the wrong chip was replaced because not enough information was out there.

    Thx, I've bought your nvram and used your diagrams/instructions, they've been great

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    #28 1 year ago

    Looking forward to future projects. . . one of which is Taxi.
    Reading up on Hardtops from Skypilot -- looks to be an interesting option if you have a Taxi, Space Shuttle, Pharoah, Wizard, Future Spa, Comet, Frontier, Black Knight, or Evel Knievel that needs playfield help.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/official-hardtops-thread

    Vid even did a review of an installation on Comet:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-hardtop-restoration-comet

    #29 1 year ago

    Is there any "reference thread" about removing mylar?
    How to do it?
    The best method (heat, freeze, chemical) per generation game.
    The best practice, how many freeze can to buy for a playfield, which can to choose...
    Thanks

    #30 1 year ago
    Quoted from Ben38:

    Is there any "reference thread" about removing mylar?

    From Vid's playfield guide, which I am sure you already know about:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-ultimate-playfield-restoration#post-547712

    This is not as detailed as you may like though. I've tried both the freeze and heat methods. Never had much luck with heat but freezing with the cans of compressed air has always done the trick. As far as which brand? All "air" may not be the same but this is the brand I used. . . I think I picked it up at Wall-Mart in the computer section. One can was more than enough for the pieces pictured. A full playfield might take a couple.

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    #31 1 year ago

    Stainless Ball Guides -- getting them to shine.

    On several games I have polished my own. This involves sanding as well as time spent at the buffing wheel with different compounds to produce a progressively smoother finish with a nice reflection. A couple pinside guides that touch on some of the basics:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/polishingbuffing-machine-for-metal-parts…

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/polishing-tools-for-metals

    If you really want to get crafty you can follow Vid's guide on making new ones:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/making-new-ball-guides-from-scratch-vids-guide

    If you have a Fathom, Star Gazer, or Seawitch you can purchase new ones from Mantis Amusements. This pinside topic (has links to their products) was also looking at making them for Centaur but I do not see those available on their website. The website also offers other stainless products for a number of games from different manufacturers.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/centaur-stainless-steel-ball-guides

    https://mantispinball.com/

    #32 1 year ago

    Reproduction Plastic Ramps. I have several games that will benefit from these Pinsiders.

    Two main suppliers that I have found from Pinside. @lrosent345 / Starship Fantasy is US based, produces new ramps for a number of games, and carries a number of items offered thru Classic Playfield Reproductions. Best summary thread I found and website:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/important-announcement-from-starship-fantasy

    www.starship-fantasy.com

    The other provider is @freeplay40 -- from what I understand his ramps are made upon demand. List of available products is in the first post of his thread:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/freeplay40-ramps

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    #33 1 year ago

    Pinwiki

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinwiki

    Kind of a cousin to Pinside I suppose but the website provides a lot of information on the technical side that I like. It has been invaluable when rebuilding some of my solenoid driver, rectifier, and sound boards on the older Bally and Stern games.

    Direct link to the site: http://www.pinwiki.com/wiki/

    #34 1 year ago

    Board Repair.

    I feel comfortable enough replacing caps on a SD Board or installing a new rectifier board on an old Bally or Stern, but some of the newer stuff looks a bit more challenging. A couple threads and specific individuals that may be of some help:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/board-repair-person-recommendations

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/who-to-go-to-for-board-repair

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/board-repair-europe

    Specific Pinsiders that are mentioned: chrishibler borygard barakandl (sells new vs. offers repair services?) johnwartjr (less active on Pinside than the others)

    #35 1 year ago

    Yellowed Plastics -- Making them Clear again. Have yet to try this approach myself. . . I have some plastics at the ready but I am waiting for the sun to come out here in the winter!

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/say-goodbye-to-old-yellowed-plastics

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/removinglessening-yellowing-in-the-clear-areas-of-plastics

    #36 1 year ago

    Thanks for this thread Doc, it sure makes it easy to access reference material.

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    #38 1 year ago

    bump for myself so I can track this during my NBAFB restore.

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    #41 1 year ago

    I've mentioned Mantis Amusements before in terms of ball guides, but they have a lot more to offer. I recently acquired other stainless parts from them including leg protectors, cabinet side rails, lockdown receiver, etc. Thanks kstairmantis !

    A Pinside post that covers things further:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/new-mantis-parts-available

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    #42 10 months ago

    Adding in a thread about Ultrasonic Cleaners. I recently acquired one and so far I have been impressed with the results for cleaning coils, hardware, and even plastic parts (not plastics with art -- just to be clear). I'll add it into the "Playfield Area" in the first post even though parts from all areas of the machine may benefit.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ultrasonic-cleaners

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