I've had machines for a few years and had the opportunity to pickup an Earthshaker. This is my first strip down of a playfield (never mind restoration). My original thought was I would string down the playfield, clean it and put it back together. This must be my first machine (even thought it came from someone else's home) that was from a route.
First thing I did was to build a rotisserie and bench combo. You can see it in the pictures. Gotta love my wife, I've taken over the living room (we never live in it) and placed a couple of working machines in there along with this work in progress.
The machine was really dirty. Like most have indicated, lots of mismatched parts, some hacks, questionable solder joints (under playfield), toasty connections and corrosion on the MPU.
I've taken a ton of pictures as I started to take this thing apart, but it's funny, I started about 3 weeks ago and I can barely remember where each of the parts go. (Good thing I have the pictures).
Even though I have a good stage built, I'm feeling like I've lost parts along the way. I also question if I will remember which size screws to use, more importantly, as I was cleaning the washers today, I realized there are different thicknesses on these, really? I know I didn't mark any of that down and a picture won't help.
As you can see in some of the pictures, there is bubbling under the Mylar at most of the inserts. I've decided to remove it and started that process tonight. What a pain in the neck. I bought the air from Walmart, great price and just as cold as the more expensive stuff. Decided to tackle the big piece first. Might have been too conservative, but used an entire can of air on it. Didn't lose any paint from the playfield, but I did lose some of the images from some inserts, seems to be typical.
Under the Mylar was Mylar. Two pieces by the bumpers by the flippers (kickers?). Of course those are in perfect shape and are not coming up with the freeze method. I've broken little pieces off, but that's about it. (Suggestions, more freeze, go to the heat method?)
One thing that is kinda cool and interesting is taking pictures with the camera on the game board, so you get a completely different perspective.
I've ordered cliffy protectors for everything, as the ramps are already broken (just enough to hold the protector, I hope).
The deflector (from the kickout hole on zone 5) is damaged, I need to see if the right coil is in there. I don't think that part is available, I'm going to take it to a machine shop and see if they can reproduce it. If I keep using the one I have, I'm afraid it will damage the ball and injure the playfield.
I'll keep adding to this as I move forward.
Oh, what kind of paint do you use to paint the black side rails that are on either side of the playfield? These look terrible.