That's pretty much the same way that I highly polished all of my playfield rails...it works great!
Quoted from brenna98:
What are you doing to protect the metal after you're done polishing?
If you're not coating it with anything, won't the steel rust again with moisture?
Probably a good wax, that's pretty much it.
if this rust, then every other pieces in the machine should rust also.
like i mentioned before, i did a few pieces years ago, still look fine.
Quoted from beatmaster:
a lot of sanding and buffing.
Here's the rundown;
(the key) i started to sand the lockdown bar with a 100 grit sand paper, next 180 (i might use a wheel on this one), 280, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200 all that always in the same direction, always.
Buffing, i also like to use a power drill with buffing wheels, it gives me a better control in general and in tight spot.
The thing with stainless steel because of the texture it takes a lot of time, i can spend 15 - 20 minutes with a 100 grit sand paper alone, same for 180, as you go up it becomes smoother so it's a lot easier, at 600 it starts to shine, at 1000 it's pretty smooth, 1200 you remove all the fine lines (before that for the bigger ones). most of it by hand (a lot of time and elbow grease).
good buffing wheels and paste.
i always use the same wheel with the same color (green for stainless steel), another to remove left overs and another wheel for final buffing (depending on the area i might switch between size or shape).
i always (most of the time, depending on the piece) buff in the same direction.
it's not easy but after a few pieces you get the idea, don't stay too long in the same spot, apply just enough paste on the wheel etc...
- i already the did 100 and 180 on the rear glass channel tonight, should be done tomorrow.
Mods should mark this and a couple others as key posts. Great info.
So today i decided to clean the backbox sheet panels, because it's big and it's in my way.
took me all day to clean this, it was a pita to remove the old stickers, had to use good old goo gone.
just finished the bracket/rod/bar (whatever we call it) to support the playfield in the upper position.
nothing crazy, a little bit of sanding and buffing.
looks much better now, at least it's clean.
Quoted from La_Porta:
Now THAT is cool!
thanks, i'll let him know.
the stencils are almost done for the spaceship, a lot more will be added.
more stuff on the cabinet, stars, the dark moon, firing blasters (planet, spaceship), explosions.
i know he started to work on the front of the cabinet, i saw a little bit of it.
when all stencils are done, airbrush will start.
just made the test with both on the speaker, not a sticker yet (cut by hand, as you can see i'm very good lol.)
baaaaaaaah they both look good but i do really like the spaceship one.
Quoted from aztarac:
Spelling alert! Second instruction line - should read "Flashing" not "Flasing" and "locking up" not "lockind"
and if you are sharing - would love to print a set of these for my Firepower project.
all fixed, added stars also.
they are ready for printing, just add/drop to an 8 x 11 document and print away, high definition, glossy photo paper.
the tilt bob/ roll tilt panel and wire harness on the left side of the cabinet.
i might reduce the size of that panel, it's too big for nothing, depending on how my power splitter board fit.
repaint the piece of wood, probably black.
cleaning the wire harness.
new tilt bob assembly.
polish the roll tilt assembly.
new flipper leaf switches.
might add a volume control.
add an extra set of wires so i can connect my power supply directly with the cabinet power switch, that way when i power up the machine power supply turns on at the same time.
pinball life 8 way splitter board for all the great mods, connected to the power supply in turn connected to the power switch.
and a few other things.
** yep, the power cord was YELLOW ** gonna change that for black.
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