Cleaning and Waxing an EM Playfield

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Cleaning and Waxing an EM Playfield


By Misdestructo

8 months ago



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#7 8 months ago

You’ll never really get the black swirl marks out of your playfield without using a magic eraser and some alcohol, but in doing so, you strip off the playfield protective lacquer coating—leaving the ink bare and prone to future exacerbated wear.

It looks like you’ve got a fair bit of planking though too.

If it were my game, I’d probably just gently clean with a rag and naphtha, then wax with a nice durable carnauba wax. Don’t stress over imperfections. These games were meant to be played.

#10 8 months ago
Quoted from Misdestructo:

Not much I can do about that as far as I know.

Yea, that's why I'd probably just enjoy the game as-is. It doesn't look too bad though! I'd call it a nice patina, and it shows the game's storied history. You could do a full restoration including a strip down, sand, repaint, and clear coat, Surf Champ might be a game that's worth the effort, but that decision is up to you.

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