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Methods used for cleaning used plastics?


By TheHueManatee

1 year ago



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  • Latest reply 10 months ago by ypurchn
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    #1 1 year ago

    Just got a set of used plastics & I'm just wondering what people do/use to clean them.

    - Apply Novus 2?
    - Soak them in soap and water?
    - Dishwasher?

    They aren't in bad shape or extremely dirty...I just want to make them shine again without damaging them or removing the art.

    Just curious about the different techniques everyone uses...

    #2 1 year ago
    Quoted from TheHueManatee:

    Just got a set of used plastics & I'm just wondering what people do/use to clean them.
    - Apply Novus 2?
    - Soak them in soap and water?
    - Dishwasher?
    They aren't in bad shape or extremely dirty...I just want to make them shine again without damaging them or removing the art.
    Just curious about the different techniques everyone uses...

    Novus no1 is a definite yes, Soak in soapy water only if Novus No1 does not work. A definite no for the dishwasher from us.

    Good luck!

    #3 1 year ago

    Dawn power dissolver (Walmart used to sell this in a solid blue bottle, but now only office supply places have it for about $12 per large bottle. It's SUPER concentrated, you can probably add 50% water and get two bottles out of it), then flame polish. Aside from yellowing, that takes care of everything.

    You only have to be careful on the back side. If you leave it on more than a few seconds, it can start to take off the white basecoat. I just spray it on a wet sponge, wipe quickly and rinse immediately. Works GREAT. My go-to.

    https://www.pjpmarketplace.com/dawn-1983-power-dissolver-32-oz-two-pack.html

    #4 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballaddicted:

    A definite no for the dishwasher from us.

    What if we got our dishwasher from Sears instead of you guys?

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballaddicted:

    Novus no1 is a definite yes, Soak in soapy water only if Novus No1 does not work. A definite no for the dishwasher from us.
    Good luck!

    Just confirming Novus 1 and not Novus 2

    #6 1 year ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    What if we got our dishwasher from Sears instead of you guys?

    That is funny! Maybe the Sears dishwasher will have a gentle cycle.

    #7 1 year ago
    Quoted from TheHueManatee:

    Just confirming Novus 1 and not Novus 2

    Novus No2 will take the silkscreening off the back of the plastic. You can use it on the other side if you want to. The No1 usually brings the plastics up pretty nice.

    #8 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballaddicted:

    Novus No2 will take the silkscreening off the back of the plastic. You can use it on the other side if you want to. The No1 usually brings the plastics up pretty nice.

    Awesome...thanks

    #9 1 year ago

    For the back side I use Simple Green. For baked on dirt / cigarette smoke it takes a little more work, but eventually all comes off without harming the artwork.

    #10 1 year ago

    Pick up some CP100. Works great on all plastics and playfield cleaning. Its all i use.
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    #11 1 year ago

    No to beedblasting

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from Chuck_Sherman:

    No to beedblasting

    What about bead blasting? Pro? Con?

    #13 1 year ago

    How about sandblasting ?

    #14 1 year ago
    Quoted from SUPERBEE:

    How about sandblasting ?

    What about crop dusting?

    #15 1 year ago

    I just used denatured alcohol to clean the dirt off the tops and then a lot of polishing with Novus 2 to make my ratty Getaway plastics presentable.

    For the bottom, printed side, I wouldn’t do anything harsher than you need to. My plastics have some solvent damage from someone using some thing harsh I think, but luckily it’s pretty deep in the game.

    #16 1 year ago

    I allways use a small bucket with hand warm water and some dishwasher poeder.
    Works pefectly.
    Just take care of your hands and use gloves.

    #17 1 year ago
    Quoted from vireland:

    What about crop dusting?

    Wtf ? lol

    #18 1 year ago

    I bought this kit to play with, but haven’t used it yet.

    amazon.com link »

    It’s for auto clear coats - so it should work on a newer playfield, but I’m curious if it would work on plastics?

    #19 1 year ago

    I’ve been using this as my go to. I run the plastics through my ultrasonic. Rinse , spray with novis 1 , whipe with a microfiber towel and then flame the topside. Keep in mind I restore system 11 and up. Not sure how the earlier plastics would hold up in my ultrasound.

    #20 1 year ago
    Quoted from Skypilot:

    I’ve been using this as my go to. I run the plastics through my ultrasonic. Rinse , spray with novis 1 , whipe with a microfiber towel and then flame the topside. Keep in mind I restore system 11 and up. Not sure how the earlier plastics would hold up in my ultrasound.

    Flame the topside - good idea

    #21 1 year ago

    yeah flaming them makes them shine like new, just don't flame backside!

    #22 1 year ago

    How does one "flame" the topside?

    #23 1 year ago
    Quoted from TheHueManatee:

    How does one "flame" the topside?

    I have a smartass answer for this but it would probably get me booted for awhile.

    #24 1 year ago
    Quoted from 0geist0:

    I have a smartass answer for this but it would probably get me booted for awhile.

    I purposely posed it that way, lol

    But in all seriousness....what does it mean?

    #25 1 year ago
    Quoted from TheHueManatee:

    I purposely posed it that way, lol
    But in all seriousness....what does it mean?

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/flame-polishing-ramps-video-b_r

    #26 1 year ago
    Quoted from TheHueManatee:

    I purposely posed it that way, lol

    But in all seriousness....what does it mean?

    If your plastics are warped then i can show you a great safe way to straighten them. But if they just need to be cleaned then trust me and go with CP-100.

    #29 1 year ago
    Quoted from SUPERBEE:

    If your plastics are warped then i can show you a great safe way to straighten them. But if they just need to be cleaned then trust me and go with CP-100.

    No warping....just a little dirt and grime that needs to be removed.

    #30 1 year ago
    Quoted from TheHueManatee:

    No warping....just a little dirt and grime that needs to be removed.

    Go with cp-100 if you want an overall safe plastic cleaner and playfield cleaner. Ive been using it for years and it works.

    #31 1 year ago

    Plexus is great stuff, a fellow pinsider reccomended. Originally formulated for aviation plastics. I use on all tops of plastics. Excellent for clear plastic pieces and DMD shields. Cleans and protects.

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    #32 11 months ago

    So you guys are successfully flame polishing the top side of printed plastics? I’ve only done clear ramps before but was researching doing plastics and came across this thread.

    #33 11 months ago
    Quoted from SUPERBEE:

    Pick up some CP100. Works great on all plastics and playfield cleaning. Its all i use.

    CP100 is just 99% Naphtha and 1% Paint Stripper.

    You get a whole gallon of Naphtha for only $14 ......just refill your Cp100 bottle and save!

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    #34 10 months ago
    Quoted from ypurchn:

    So you guys are successfully flame polishing the top side of printed plastics? I’ve only done clear ramps before but was researching doing plastics and came across this thread.

    To answer my own question - Yes you can do printed plastics. Just do NOT do the side with the decal on it.

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