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Dumb question of the day - are these Pinballs toast??


By delt31

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    Got these black/grey cool looking Pinball with my Hobbit but it's hard to tell if they should be replaced. Thoughts as I've never used these before. I can see reflections and no rust but def some Knicks in the black side..... Pinside what would you do?
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    #2 3 months ago

    Stock answer - you’re probably going need to tighten your nuts and buy shinier balls.

    #3 3 months ago

    Hard to tell in the picture. If the non black parts kind of have a satin finish, time for new ones.

    LTG : )_

    #4 3 months ago

    Well first of all we need a poll for such a serious question delt but i would just be safe and replace them personally. Why risk ruining a 8-10K game over ten dollars worth of balls?

    #5 3 months ago

    Incidentally. Not dumb question of the day. Not even the dumbest one I've had in the last hour.

    LTG : )

    #6 3 months ago
    Quoted from Who-Dey:

    Well first of all we need a poll for such a serious question delt but i would just be safe and replace them personally. Why risk ruining a 8-10K game over ten dollars worth of balls?

    yeah I hear you and actually bought new ones it's just that I think these black ones look pretty cool. Maybe I'll just buy more of these!

    the only wear I can see is the black parts have little nicks that expose the silver underneath....which could mean nothing. Just never owned these kin d before.

    #7 3 months ago

    I check my balls with a "10x jewelers loupe" - not only old balls but also new balls. 10x really helps you see stuff you can't see with just your eyes. You can grab a "cheap" jewelers loupe for under $10 and it will last you a life time. They are great for checking fuse values and other hard to see items also.

    Full disclosure I have been selling loupes for over 20 years so I always have lots of them around. Which just made me realize I should be listing some of them on eBay with my used pinball parts as helpful as they are when working with pinball machines.

    OK guys now that I set you up go ahead and have some fun with the "checking my balls" statement above. I hear it all the time anyway - "pretty sad when you need a 10x loupe to find them" is the one I hear most often!

    #8 3 months ago

    Those look like Back Alley pinballs. I had one made that looked like an eye.

    #9 3 months ago

    Yeah, Back Alley hand painted those, but they can wear out just like a regular pinball.

    #10 3 months ago

    Do they look worn out thought?

    I can't really tell with the black paint on them. Def don't see any gash or rust

    #11 3 months ago

    are these Pinballs toast??

    No but this is.

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    #12 3 months ago

    When in doubt, change 'em out. That's my motto anyway. Pinballs are cheap compared to the potential damage the worn, pitted balls can do.

    #13 3 months ago
    Quoted from delt31:

    I can't really tell with the black paint on them. Def don't see any gash or rust

    You can get new ones from Back Alley creations, they're not that expensive if I recall correctly but, you can get pretty much whatever design you'd like on them.

    #14 3 months ago
    Quoted from delt31:

    I can't really tell with the black paint on them. ...

    Not black paint, Put a pinball in some evaporust and see what happens

    #15 3 months ago
    Quoted from Mageek:

    Not black paint, Put a pinball in some evaporust and see what happens

    Yeah it is some type of chemical reaction that gives it that black look.

    #16 3 months ago

    Using balls that are worn like that will eventually damage the playfield and other parts.
    Balls are easy and cheap to replace, so I suggest that you get new ones and use these for your slingshot before you damage more expensive items on your machine.

    #17 3 months ago

    Changed out! Thanks guys

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