Do you have an odd, or seemingly unnecessary pin care regimen?

(Topic ID: 209448)

Do you have an odd, or seemingly unnecessary pin care regimen?


By sohchx

1 year ago



Topic Stats

  • 19 posts
  • 13 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 1 year ago by Magic_Mike
  • No one calls this topic a favorite

You

Linked Games

No games have been linked to this topic.

    #1 1 year ago

    So I do some things to my pins on a regular basis that other pin owners may, or may not do to their machines. Some of which may be considered to be odd, or unnecessary. The wife and friends say that what I do seems to be overkill. So I wanted to post my regimen here. I just can't help doing these things, simply because I love my machines and want them in top shape at all times. I tend to have people over for play almost every weekend so my pins do get a good amount of play, another reason why I like doing these things. Does anyone else do things to their pins that other owners would deem odd or unnecessary?? Post them up. I think I read here at one time of a guy saying that he waxes his cabinets, to me that is odd.

    Wax all playfields including the balls once a month including wear inspection.

    Flame polish every ramp in every machine once a year, if needed.

    Clean or replace all flipper coil sleeves, springs, and inspect,or replace coil stops once a year depending on overall condition

    Clean all rubbers once a month

    Check all leg bolts for tightness once a month

    Vacuum all lower cabs every 6 months

    #2 1 year ago

    What do you clean your rubbers with. I have Titans, and they are getting dirty. Wasn't sure what to use.

    #3 1 year ago

    Sounds like you need a hobby

    #4 1 year ago
    Quoted from jester523:

    What do you clean your rubbers with. I have Titans, and they are getting dirty. Wasn't sure what to use.

    I just use isopropyl alcohol and a rag.

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from jester523:

    What do you clean your rubbers with. I have Titans, and they are getting dirty. Wasn't sure what to use.

    Rubbing alcohol. I have Titans on everything too. They tend to pick up dust fairly quickly due to their stickiness, which I love. It allows me to make more precise shots compared to standard rings. It's sort of like the rubber stops the spin of the ball when the two make contact.

    #6 1 year ago

    Only thing I do very often, because I like them White, not Black, is clean all the rubbers, including flipper rubber. And I clean the PF weekly on them. .

    #7 1 year ago
    Quoted from gutz:

    Sounds like you need a hobby

    I have 7 other hobbies outside of pinball

    #8 1 year ago
    Quoted from Bohdi:

    Only I do very often, because I like them White, not Black, is clean all the rubbers, including flipper rubber. And I clean the PF weekly on them. .

    Doesn't it drive you crazy to see light colored rubbers dirty? It especially bugs me on location pins, makes me want to ask to clean them Lol.

    #9 1 year ago

    I clean the rubbers when they begin to look dirty. I never flame polish. I wax "occasionally". The thing that I do somewhat obsessively that is not on your list: clean the shooter rods. Especially when guests are expected. They deserve smooth action from my rod.

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from sohchx:

    So I do some things to my pins on a regular basis that other pin owners may, or may not do to their machines. Some of which may be considered to be odd, or unnecessary. The wife and friends say that what I do seems to be overkill. So I wanted to post my regimen here. I just can't help doing these things, simply because I love my machines and want them in top shape at all times. I tend to have people over for play almost every weekend so my pins do get a good amount of play, another reason why I like doing these things. Does anyone else do things to their pins that other owners would deem odd or unnecessary?? Post them up. I think I read here at one time of a guy saying that he waxes his cabinets, to me that is odd.
    Wax all playfields including the balls once a month including wear inspection.
    Flame polish every ramp in every machine once a year, if needed.
    Clean or replace all flipper coil sleeves, springs, and inspect,or replace coil stops once a year depending on overall condition
    Clean all rubbers once a month
    Check all leg bolts for tightness once a month
    Vacuum all lower cabs every 6 months

    You should be an operator. You would do well.

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from sohchx:

    Doesn't it drive you crazy to see light colored rubbers dirty

    Yes, very much so. I like white so much over black, so I just keep them clean. May go clear on my next pin?

    #12 1 year ago

    I am slightly embarrassed to admit this.

    Speaking of odd or unnecessary, one thing that I do is use colored zip ties based on the color palette of the machine. On RFM I put on bright green ones, on Water world I put blue, etc. I don't even know why. Its not like it improves the look of the machine because it is almost unnoticeable. Its usually one of the first things I do to a machine when I get it. Off come the old black or white ones. I do not go so far as to do it in the back box, or under the playfield though.

    #13 1 year ago
    Quoted from mcclad:

    I am slightly embarrassed to admit this.
    Speaking of odd or unnecessary, one thing that I do is use colored zip ties based on the color palette of the machine. On RFM I put on bright green ones, on Water world I put blue, etc. I don't even know why. Its not like it improves the look of the machine because it is almost unnoticeable. Its usually one of the first things I do to a machine when I get it. Off come the old black or white ones. I do not go so far as to do it in the back box, or under the playfield though.

    Total newbie question here, but where would zip ties be used besides the back box and under the Playfield?

    #14 1 year ago
    Quoted from sohchx:

    Flame polish every ramp in every machine once a year, if needed.

    Damn! Seriously?!!

    #15 1 year ago
    Quoted from bbhenry2000:

    Total newbie question here, but where would zip ties be used besides the back box and under the Playfield?

    Small things like if some wires are attached to a ramp, or if its just to keep a group of wires together.

    #16 1 year ago

    Some times i hug my machines and tell them that even if they aren't the prettiest, i still think they're special

    #17 1 year ago

    Unfortunately, my maintenance habits fall in the " lazy" catagory. I do everything you do ( except flame the ramps) more on the order of quarterly, unless I'm working on it....then just knock it out.

    Only thing I do weekly is clean the glass...

    #18 1 year ago

    Back in the good old days. If a game wasn't behaving, it was the next one traded in.

    LTG : )

    #19 1 year ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Back in the good old days. If a game wasn't behaving, it was the next one traded in.
    LTG : )

    Lloyd The Pimp

    Promoted items from the Pinside Marketplace
    $ 128.00
    Playfield - Other
    ModFather Pinball Mods
    $ 48.00
    Cabinet - Other
    ModFather Pinball Mods
    $ 69.99
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    $ 69.99
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    $ 7,499.00
    Pinball Machine
    Operation Pinball
    $ 99.99
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    $ 50.00
    Lighting - Led
    Rock Custom Pinball
    $ 55.00
    Gameroom - Decorations
    Pinball Photos
    $ 134.99
    Playfield - Plastics
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    From: $ 220.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    CzTV Mods
    From: $ 6.50
    Hardware
    Bright Lights Pinball
    From: $ 42.00
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    ModFather Pinball Mods
    $ 9.95
    Apparel - Unisex
    Pinball Wheezer
    From: $ 42.00
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    ModFather Pinball Mods
    $ 209.99
    Lighting - Led
    PinballBulbs
    $ 24.95
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    The MOD Couple
    $ 28.95
    $ 69.99
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    From: $ 42.00
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    ModFather Pinball Mods
    From: $ 9.99
    Eproms
    Matt's Basement Arcade
    $ 22.00
    Cabinet - Sound/Speakers
    ModFather Pinball Mods
    € 40.00
    $ 76.95
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    Super Skill Shot Shop
    $ 1,400.00

    Hey there! Got a moment?

    Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside