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Do I have a record for most yellowed EM?


By Schamattack

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    I have to ask. Anyone seen a old EM pinball Machine this yellow before? When I bought it I thought the owner had painted it yellow....

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    #2 2 years ago

    All those cigs those fools were smoking. Game is probably a health hazard!!

    #3 2 years ago

    For some reason Chicago Coin games yellowed like no other. I wonder if they used some type of clearcoat on their cabinets? I see the mean grean in the background is it putting a dent in it.

    Saw this game listed and even with the yellow cab it seemed like a good buy.

    #4 2 years ago

    Haha yea I snatched it up as soon as I saw it. The market here is rough in Milwaukee for Pinballs at least craigslist wise. I figured Id grab it since it was a decent deal.

    #5 2 years ago

    We bought a SEVERELY yellowed Atlantis form a guy who bought it from a local arcade in 1984. Yes, he was a heavy smoker. We Mean Green'd the base cabinet and decided to leave the head yellow. I use it to show smokers what their lungs look like and to show other people the kind of work that goes in to restoring these things (or at least de-nastifying them

    By the way, if you didn't already know, Mean Green (from the dollar store or walmart) absolutely dissolves nicotine. Spray it on and watch (and smell) the nastiness just drip down the sides.

    #6 2 years ago

    I can smell that from here.

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    #7 2 years ago

    This was after about 12 hours of scrubbing. It took about 30-40 coats of mean green on each side to work it down. I got to the point the paint was starting to come off but I think it came out pretty dang good considering the starting point.

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    #8 2 years ago

    Looks like a different game!

    nice job

    #9 2 years ago

    How's the inside?

    #10 2 years ago

    Wow, looks so much better. Nice work.

    #11 2 years ago

    The lower cabinet is really clean on the inside but the top is a bit dirty. Ive been working the contacts with Alcohol and its slowely cleaning up.

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    #12 2 years ago

    Looks great, I had one knots as bad so feel your pain.

    #13 2 years ago

    Spray nine works great on nicotine too.
    I've used it on a few cabs. Results were fantastic. It starts to run right off.

    #14 2 years ago

    I'll give you a run for your money. A Sky Jump I restored (there was no scrubbing this game down).

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    I changed the blue color because I liked the look better.

    Also the playfield was really darkened. We think heat was the cause of all this...

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    Wade Krause repro installed...

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    #15 2 years ago

    Totally AWESOME works super too. Stuff just runs off. I use it diluted in my ultrasonic cleaner too for all pinball parts! Just a buck at dollar tree

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    #16 2 years ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    I'll give you a run for your money. A Sky Jump I restored (there was no scrubbing this game down).
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    I changed the blue color because I liked the look better.
    Also the playfield was really darkened. We think heat was the cause of all this...

    Wade Krause repro installed...

    Did you end up repainting it? Looks awesome!

    #17 2 years ago
    Quoted from Schamattack:

    Did you end up repainting it? Looks awesome!

    That's a total repaint, a repro backglass, and a Wade Krause repro playfield. All new bumper parts, flipper parts, and drop targets. Can't remember off the top of my head but I might have put new siderails on it too. The coin door is not a new one, but the coin entrance plate and striker plate are.

    #18 2 years ago

    Anyone have good luck with novus 2 on these older machines for cleaning? I was going to novus 2 the field then wax with carnuba wax. Just trying to see what everyone else would attempt. I am assuming its safe the clean the metal top areas of the play field (where the cards go etc) with regular water/soap?

    #19 2 years ago
    Quoted from Schamattack:

    Anyone have good luck with novus 2 on these older machines for cleaning? I was going to novus 2 the field then wax with carnuba wax. Just trying to see what everyone else would attempt. I am assuming its safe the clean the metal top areas of the play field (where the cards go etc) with regular water/soap?

    Recently I've been using Novus 2 on my EM playfields, but only after cleaning. Then I wax over the Novus with Mother's Carnauba Wax (no cleaners).
    Be careful cleaning the metal card tray and upper arch if they have webbing on them. I don't know about Chicago Coin games, but the webbing on Gottlieb card trays comes off very easily. Whatever method you use, try it on a small area first.

    #20 2 years ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    Recently I've been using Novus 2 on my EM playfields, but only after cleaning. Then I wax over the Novus with Mother's Carnauba Wax (no cleaners).
    Be careful cleaning the metal card tray and upper arch if they have webbing on them. I don't know about Chicago Coin games, but the webbing on Gottlieb card trays comes off very easily. Whatever method you use, try it on a small area first.

    Thanks for the reply, what are you cleaning it with before the Novus 2? I will try to get a picture of the playfield it might have webbing I am not really sure.

    #21 2 years ago

    I try to use the least aggressive cleaning method necessary, depending on the type and degree of dirt. I also take the playfield's general condition into consideration. Always vacuum clean the surface first with a brush attachment to suck up anything potentially abrasive before starting.
    I don't like to use any water-based cleaners if there's a lot of planking or worn to the wood areas on the playfield. If there's a lot of old wax build-up holding the dirt, I will try 91% alcohol and gauze pads. To remove swirl marks, I'll use Magic Eraser pads either with alcohol or Castrol Super Clean. If the playfield is just lightly dirty and in good condition otherwise, it might just need some Simple Green solution and a toothbrush to get it clean. Experience will eventually guide you. There's lots if products and methods available. Go easy first.

    #22 2 years ago

    All Chicago Coin games w/ white paint turn that color- it's not 100% ciggy smoke residue, it's a chemical change in the paint. By the time it looks white, you have just the tiniest film of paint left (as you have undoubtedly discovered). I will repaint my Hula Hula, someday.......................

    Don C.

    #23 2 years ago

    Do you guys think its worth trying to put a water based polyurthene coating on the outside to protect it?

    #24 2 years ago
    Quoted from Schamattack:

    Do you guys think its worth trying to put a water based polyurthene coating on the outside to protect it?

    I use semi gloss polycrylic on all my repaints, not just for protection, but also to even out the sheen of the paint job. It works great.

    When I do a playfield, I use ME and 91 percent alcohol, then Novus 2, then wax. Be careful with the ME, if you go too hard, the paint will go too. If you're careful you'll get a great looking playfield as long as it is in decent shape to start.

    I've pretty much given up on lower aprons and upper arches that have webbing on them. Quite often they are rusted enough that it's easier to just repaint them and use a decal from Pinballrescue in Australia. Lee and Gordon do a great job on those decals. I don't worry about trying to re-web those anymore.

    #25 2 years ago
    Quoted from EMsInKC:

    I use semi gloss polycrylic on all my repaints, not just for protection, but also to even out the sheen of the paint job. It works great.
    When I do a playfield, I use ME and 91 percent alcohol, then Novus 2, then wax. Be careful with the ME, if you go too hard, the paint will go too. If you're careful you'll get a great looking playfield as long as it is in decent shape to start.
    I've pretty much given up on lower aprons and upper arches that have webbing on them. Quite often they are rusted enough that it's easier to just repaint them and use a decal from Pinballrescue in Australia. Lee and Gordon do a great job on those decals. I don't worry about trying to re-web those anymore.

    Is the semi-gloss polycrilic used for playfield or cabinet? Sorry, I'm having a hard time tracking. What brand of paint do you use and where do you buy it? Just like finding out what other guys are using. Thanks!

    #26 2 years ago
    Quoted from goldenboy232:

    Is the semi-gloss polycrilic used for playfield or cabinet? Sorry, I'm having a hard time tracking. What brand of paint do you use and where do you buy it? Just like finding out what other guys are using. Thanks!

    For the cabinet.

    I generally use Montana paint.

    #27 2 years ago

    Mine was almost that bad. Scrubbed my ass off. Nasty stuff.

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