(Topic ID: 233124)

Cleaning shooter housings (80's WMS)

By jeffc

5 months ago

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    #1 5 months ago

    Any tips on cleaning these 80's Williams shooter housings?

    No matter what I've tried I get zero improvement - tumbling, magic eraser, alcohol, mean green, novus & mother's polish. I might just have to buy new ones if the dingy appearance bothers me.

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    #2 5 months ago

    ultrasonic cleaner.powder coat..if not buy one. They are not expensive

    #3 5 months ago

    Soak the shooter housing in C-L-R mixed 90% warm water to 10% C-L-R. Let it set for about 30 minutes. Then rinse with hot water. Should shine right up.

    #4 5 months ago

    I use a brass brush and diluted Simple Green and they've shined right up in my experience.

    #5 5 months ago

    I second the ultrasonic. I use 50/50 simple green and distilled water in mine

    #6 5 months ago

    There's only one perfect answer. Soda blast.

    #7 5 months ago

    Buy a chrome one, chrome much easier to keep shiny.

    #8 5 months ago

    Thanks for the ideas. I will post my results. Sitting in the ultrasonic now.

    #9 5 months ago

    I think my previous efforts cleaned out any dirt, but failed to add any shine.

    I do not have any CLR, per Ken, but will try that in the future.

    But just now I did ultrasonic with mean green and water. It did not seem to do much, although I think it would have cleaned a dirty housing. Brass brush seemed to help a bit with the shine. So I added some mother's mag polish and brushed it vigorously then buffed with clean rags. It is now shinier but unlike other pinball metal materials, it just is not going to have a high shine to it. Pics below.

    I will buy new for restored games and live with mild shine for other games.

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