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Can you drill a powered coated lockdown bar for AC/DC?


By pinballlooking

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

Can you drill a powered coated lockdown bar for AC/DC?
I am looking at some red armor for my AC/DC pro but the lockdown bar is not drilled for the button.
Has anyone drilled one and made it work?
Can you use just a good hole saw I guess I would have to find those rivets also.

#2 6 years ago

what size is the hole. That is some hard material to be drilling with a hole saw.

#3 6 years ago

It looks like about 11/16”

#4 6 years ago

Are you talking about this?
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#5 6 years ago

Yes. Did you drill these?

#6 6 years ago

No theses are LE unit. You can drill the holes but most likely will need to re powder cost the lock down bar. However, if you use a drill press and go slow with a good bit you most likely will not damage the power coat. I am assuming the power coated bar your wanting to buy is done and not an AC/DC lock down bar. If so make sure the bar will fit this machine. Stern changes the locking mechanism from machine to machine.

#7 6 years ago

Definitely make sure it will fit first.

Probably best to ping pinchroma (spelling???) or someone from the pinball refinery as they will know best. My thought is it will be OK but you would need to tape the bar first to help keep the PC from chipping/spreading as you drill.

#8 6 years ago

This sounds like it would be your first time drilling powdercoated metal, so I would approach it with a decent amount of caution and planning.

You should be using sharp bits and a decent amount of technique to do it without fucking it up, to be blunt.

The main concern for you would be heat, I would think. Since the flange of the button extends over the edges, you could probably deal with a little scratching and chipping, but you will need to pay attention to overheating the metal/powdercoat as you drill it. Chipping will depend on how good the powdercoating was done.

Maybe pinchroma will chime in, he is the resident expert on powdercoating.

#9 6 years ago

Yes this will be my first time drilling powder coated bar. I have not bought the set yet. I wanted to make sure it was I could use it on AC/DC before I bought it.

#10 6 years ago

For the amount of headache, labor, and potential to F it up I'd just buy the right bar in the first place, or have my existing one powdered.

9 holes = 9 chances to wreck the finish.

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