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PotC owners club: "Dead men tell no tales..."


By rai

4 years ago



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#1969 5 months ago

Just bought a mint cond HUO POTC with very few plays on it. Thrilled with it! But I need some help. Weird thing is happening, the game is spotless, 100% clean. I wiped it down and installed brand new balls. After every game, it looks like it’s snowing on the playfield. The balls pick it up. I wash them off, clean the playfield top to bottom, it happens again. It can’t be wax. Is it plastic shavings from something rubbing??? Tortuga???

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#1973 5 months ago

No white rubbers, just standard black I believe. And the compass decal on the Tortuga spinner is the standard one. I don’t see anything originating from that area. I’m truly stumped!

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#1981 5 months ago

Ahhhh. I was pretty sure it was Tortuga. The paper decal is slowly breaking down? If that happened to you then I’m convinced. I just can’t believe a pop bumper would shed that much plastic by rubbing on something. But I can’t say that’s not it, not yet. I will get under the Tortuga plastic and replace the decal at least. That my end it. I will check the pops too. One may be misaligned and rubbing. At least gameplay is fine, just annoying to shovel snow every other game.

#1984 5 months ago

Ok, so I have cleaned the playfield and balls several times and I checked the Tortuga compass sticker and that’s not it. It has a clear sticker over the decal to protect it. The “snow” on the playfield is definitely white. I’m leaning toward the pop bumper rubbing against something. Not sure tho. So weird. I clean it, play once and it snows. I’m baffled. There isn’t a high enough concentration of flakes in one area to give it away. I’ll keep working on it. Game plays great tho! I almost finished the compass recently.

#1989 5 months ago

VUKs look good, clean.

It really doesn’t appear to be the spinner. I am zeroing in on the pops as a possible culprit. I will also look more closely at the shavings. I will “CSI” it. I do own a CSI pinball machine. I can run the snow covered balls through that pin and see what the results are.

I will examine and test the “snow” and post again soon...winter is coming.

#1993 4 months ago

Hoping to CSI this mystery “snow” sometime today. Thanks to all for brainstorming. It HAS to be a moving part that is rubbing. I will check the ship, VUKs, pops and spinner again later today. I will try to confirm what the fragments are too. I’m leaning toward plastic shavings. I’ll update ASAP. Thanks, friends.

#1998 4 months ago
Quoted from jetmechinnc:

My new pin with new rubbers and mirror blades. Yay
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Such a gorgeous playfield. When this pin first came out in 2006, I remember thinking it was one of the most amazing looking art packages I had ever seen. The compass on the center of the playfield is really fantastic looking. I still feel today that POTC is a very underrated playfield in terms of design and art. The use of color, and the map concept surrounded by ocean-blue is fantastic. If I didn't enjoy playing pinball so much, I would probably still collect playfields and hang them on my wall.

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#2002 4 months ago

Still haven’t solved the snowing problem with tiny white shavings. They are definitely plastic. I’m convinced it’s the spinning disc. Only something moving that fast could produce so much white debris after one game. So strange. I’m too lazy and busy with a newborn to take it apart. The game plays great! I just completed the compass for the first time ever and played Four Winds Multiball. It gives you several lit shots to complete. Naturally, I lost my ball and didn’t complete the wizard mode. But I came close! Ranked top 50 in score finally.

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#2013 4 months ago
Quoted from hawknole:

I had tons of white debris as well. Then I covered my spinning disc decal with 3M car bra vinyl, just cut myself a piece to fit. Amazon sells 6 inch wide pieces. The great thing about the vinyl is it has an almost rubbery feel so the ball still spins well and does not float like it would do on mylar.

Did you notice white flakes on or near the spinning disc? I don't see any flakes on the surface or accumulated near it. I like the suggestion of either blocking that ramp and seeing if the flakes appear without hitting the Tortuga ramp, or disabling the disc in the settings, if possible. I examined the disc surface before and it really looks like there is already a clear, vinyl or mylar cover in place. I was wondering if it could be something under the spinning disc, rubbing on the underside of it and grinding it down. I will try to isolate the spinning disc and see if I can definitely rule it in or out.

Thanks for all the ideas and help. I really appreciate it.

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