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Elvira Restoration


By BR80

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

This EATPM had seen a lot of play and neglect over the years and needed some serious TLC. It first came my way on a mini-warehouse raid a few years ago. After bringing it back to somewhat playable condition, it was sold to Aurich who did a complete playfield teardown and custom paint job. It was then passed onto it’s current owner Charliex, who asked me to work on the cabinet restoration, since she’s a keeper for him.
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#2 3 years ago

As you can tell from the pictures, it was beat-up pretty good. I was glad to see the electronics were solid and the mechanical parts only needed some minor work, but the cabinet was thrashed. After too many years of being on route in Los Angeles, this Elvira was a great candidate for a complete restoration. I always enjoy other pinside restore threads and thought this machine had a good story and outcome.
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#3 3 years ago

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#4 3 years ago

The first round of major work was done on the playfield by Aurich. He found some pictures of the work he did a while back, sending them over, along with a few notes:

- Redid all the under plastic white areas with a reflective silver
- Redid all the green areas with a pearlescent green
- Matched the purple DEAD FUCKING ON man I'm still proud of how exact that match is
- Used a big waterslide decal to repair Elvira
- Sealed with SprayMax 2000
- New Rottendog LED Displays
- Mirrored Backglass and New Plastics
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#5 3 years ago

(Back to current day cabinet work at my place)
Prep and Bondo work, fun fun.
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#6 3 years ago

Found these 5¼ Boss Phantom speakers with built-in Skulls. Normally, I wouldn’t pick something like this...but the skulls are removable and figured they matched the Elvira theme anyway. It turned out to be a good choice, when they are behind the backbox grill they’re just subtle enough, but still nicely noticeable.

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#7 3 years ago

Back to more cabinet work, primer and paint, the first couple coats of black were flat, then the final coat is satin.
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#8 3 years ago

Time to clean-up the power transformer, finally found some decent label paper that matched the existing wrapper.
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#9 3 years ago

Internal metal parts cleaned, some were tumbled, bigger parts were polished. The black hardware was powder coated with high gloss by a local company (except the coin door was done with semi-gloss).
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#10 3 years ago

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#12 3 years ago

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#13 3 years ago

Looks awesome. What kind of paint and primer did you use? Was it HVLP or rattle can?

Thanks

#14 3 years ago

Back to Charliex’s place to install the playfield (where it was left during this restore).
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The playfield is now installed and playing great. The new speaker set-up improved the sound nicely. Better highs and stronger lows, didn’t expect that with a System 11 title. She’s now back at home and the Universe is one again.

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#15 3 years ago
Quoted from Lonzo:

Looks awesome. What kind of paint and primer did you use? Was it HVLP or rattle can?

Thanks, used black flat/satin rustoleum spray cans on this one. I have a HVLP set-up that I'll use for colored cabs and clear coating, but with some practice, you can get the same results with the cans (and no clean up which is the best part).

#16 3 years ago

I have an HVLP set up but I have never been able to get a good even coat with a rattle can. I guess I need more practice.

#17 3 years ago

Incredible work! Kudos! Especially on the waterslide decal!

I really like the pearlescent green, I love when people customize their games!

#18 3 years ago

Thanks BR80 for going above and beyond! I am so beyond happy with this machine. the craftsmanship is amazing and way more than I ever asked for or expected.

Time to go put some miles on her.

Joe

#19 3 years ago

Very Nice ! Awesome Job!!
Love that game too !

JP

#20 3 years ago

Whenever I see a new restore thread by you I always get excited. As always - this one does not disappoint!

#22 3 years ago

So nice to see this finally all complete. Restoring that playfield was a ridiculous amount of work, I won't lie, never doing that again.

Some other random things I remembered looking at the photos:

- The eyeball on the cyclops was hand painted on a white bulb condom, there's a red LED under it so it glows nice and angry when lit.

- When I repainted the skull cave it was pretty busted up, so I sculpted some new teeth with the ragged missing look, but the best thing I did was paint the inside with a chrome paint. It's super reflective inside now, when the green flasher inside goes off it really shines nicely.

#23 3 years ago

HEP OF THE WEST!

GREAT JOB!

#24 3 years ago

Great job! Thanks for posting with all those pics. Now more inspired to get going on mine!

#25 3 years ago

Beautiful work.

Is Elvira painted white on the playfield before applying the waterslide decal?

#26 3 years ago
Quoted from lb1:

Beautiful work.
Is Elvira painted white on the playfield before applying the waterslide decal?

Yes, I masked her off with frisket and laid down white before the decal went on.

#27 3 years ago

very nice!! Such an amazing machine would love to own one!

#28 3 years ago

This is super sick my dude, loving it!

#29 3 years ago
Quoted from Aurich:

So nice to see this finally all complete. Restoring that playfield was a ridiculous amount of work, I won't lie, never doing that again.
Some other random things I remembered looking at the photos:
- The eyeball on the cyclops was hand painted on a white bulb condom, there's a red LED under it so it glows nice and angry when lit.
- When I repainted the skull cave it was pretty busted up, so I sculpted some new teeth with the ragged missing look, but the best thing I did was paint the inside with a chrome paint. It's super reflective inside now, when the green flasher inside goes off it really shines nicely.

Thanks for all your amazing artistic touches Aurich. And thanks for letting me talk you into selling her to me. At least we didn't let you down on finishing the job. I'll have to invite you over to play it.

Joe

#31 3 years ago
Quoted from charliex:

Thanks for all your amazing artistic touches Aurich. And thanks for letting me talk you into selling her to me. At least we didn't let you down on finishing the job. I'll have to invite you over to play it.
Joe

Glad you're enjoying it!

#32 3 years ago

What a great job you have done! Thanks for posting.

#33 3 years ago

Looks nice.Partial to the black looms in the black cabs myself.

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