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Cleopatra EM Restoration

By Garrett

12 days ago



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  • Latest reply 6 hours ago by mrm_4
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#1 12 days ago

I picked up my Cleopatra 10 years ago. I was fairly new to the hobby at the time and this was the first playfield that I tried paint touch ups. Like most Cleo's the lower playfield usually losses the most paint around the bonus area.

One question that does come up frequently is, "do I have to clear coat a playfield after paint touch ups for a home use only machine?". We can see that overall, the paint touch ups held up quite well when routinely waxed. Actually forgot how much touch up was done until hit with the Magic Eraser. And Cleo abuses the playfield with very high ball speed, basically SS speed due to the 24VDC to the flippers, pops, kickers. Hands down, the fastest EM I've ever played.

I prefer to touch up the original cabinet paint when refurbing. But this Cleo appears to have spent most of it's life in a very small bar filled lots of cigarrete smokers. I would prefer to repaint the cabinet but without a heated garage I won't have time this year. Will see if the old cab paint will clean up and touch it up for now.

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#2 7 days ago

Second time touching up the paint on this pin. The bonus area just sucks and still more to do.
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#3 7 days ago

Following

#4 6 days ago

Looking good.. Did you flatten and level the inserts before touching up?

#5 6 days ago
Quoted from BubbaK:

Looking good.. Did you flatten and level the inserts before touching up?

No I did not. Went through that with the Aztec. Easier to fill them when clear coating.

What sucks is the insert for each half of the bonus cracked during removal and it’s a weird size.

#6 5 days ago
Quoted from Garrett:

No I did not. Went through that with the Aztec. Easier to fill them when clear coating.
What sucks is the insert for each half of the bonus cracked during removal and it’s a weird size.

I saw your post about that one breaking.. That sucks. Have you located something yet?

#7 5 days ago
Quoted from BubbaK:

I saw your post about that one breaking.. That sucks. Have you located something yet?

Not yet. I’ll post a pic with a scale over the opening for future reference.

Edit: It’s 1 3/16”, same size as the star rollovers. Need more sleep :p

#8 7 hours ago

Two weeks of playfield touch up. A little work left around the Double Bonus but have had enough of the painting, good enough and better looking than it was.

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#9 6 hours ago

The paint is looking good! Are you going to clear coat this one or use a playfield protector? I was going to ask about sanding inserts and a ruffing up the rest of the playfield for clear coat a few days ago but it got away from me.

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