(Topic ID: 225341)

Cutting a custom size of playfield glass. How and where?


By ChadH

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

I need a custom cut of playfield glass. This is for a ScoreGasm pin.

Other than the length and width... I am wondering how I should describe the order? Is there a standard glass "type" or "thickness" for playfield glass?

I understand it needs to be tempered, but how else should I describe what I want?

Also, does anyone know of a place in Northwest Chicago Suburbs that can cut glass?

Thanks!

#2 1 year ago

Automotive glass shop

#3 1 year ago

You can order custom cut tempered glass from any glass shop. It is cut to size before it is tempered. Most shops farm the work out to a speciality shop that has the ovens to do the work. I suggest calling around though, the price varies widely. I was quoted anywhere from $84 to $32 for the same piece of glass. Also ask for no logo. The shop that tempers the glass will etch their logo in the corner unless you ask them not to.

#4 1 year ago

Did you check Terry at PBL, to see if they have spares?

Probably a bit far for you, but I used Burlington Glass for new translite. $21.00

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from ChadH:

I need a custom cut of playfield glass. This is for a ScoreGasm pin.
Other than the length and width... I am wondering how I should describe the order? Is there a standard glass "type" or "thickness" for playfield glass?
I understand it needs to be tempered, but how else should I describe what I want?
Also, does anyone know of a place in Northwest Chicago Suburbs that can cut glass?
Thanks!

Any big glass shop.
Call them and ask if they have the oven, theres one in every city.
If they have the oven they are cheaper and not marked up.

Order it with no logo and lightly sanded edges, just enough to break the sharpness off.

I have all my pinball glass made locally for $35 each $30 for 10 or more.

The ovens are gas fired and cost big dollars to fire up.
Sometimes I have to wait a few days so that they have a full load.

#6 1 year ago

Pinball glass is 3/16" thick, not 1/4". Double check. If you don't specify you'll probably get 1/4".

As others have said, you have to call around and find the best price. I've seen crazy differences from $30 to over $80.

#7 1 year ago
Quoted from Timerider:

Did you check Terry at PBL, to see if they have spares?

He does not.

This is what I've gathered so far...

16 13/16" x 37"
3/16" thick
Flat edges, lightly sanded
Tempered
No logo

Now to find the place to do it.

#8 1 year ago

Make sure you say “no logo” like 10 times cause if you don’t you’ll probably get a logo, atleast that’s my experience

2 weeks later
#9 1 year ago

Got my glass. Ordered from a local glass shop in Elgin, IL. Only cost $35 total. Fits perfectly.

Thanks for all the advice!

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