Firepower Restoration (it has begun)


By beatmaster

2 years ago


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#251 25 days ago

That's pretty much the same way that I highly polished all of my playfield rails...it works great!

#252 25 days ago

update on the airbrush.
half airbrush, half stencils.

the new planet on each side.

new planet on cabinet (resized).jpg

new planet on cabinet 2 (resized).jpg

#254 24 days ago

Thanks for posting all the sanding pictures. That is a lot of hand sanding.

#255 24 days ago
Quoted from BJM-Maxx:

Thanks for posting all the sanding pictures. That is a lot of hand sanding.

no problem, if it can help somebody why not.

#256 24 days ago

Thanks for the polishing process pictures !!

#257 24 days ago
Quoted from HPR:

Thanks for the polishing process pictures !!

you're welcome max, i know this is something you can do.

#258 24 days ago

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?

#259 24 days ago
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.

#260 24 days ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

you're welcome max, i know this is something you can do.

I realize now how much time is necessary to realize those nice lockdown bar.
I will certainly try to polish one bar that way this summer
This Firepower restoration is out of control !! The result will be amazing

#261 24 days ago

Nothing crazy today, just painted the speaker grill, backbox grill and the grill between the cab and backbox.

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Backbox:speaker grill (done) (resized).JPG

#262 24 days ago

oh and more metal parts to do

not sure when, maybe sunday or monday.
going to my brother in law tomorrow to see the airbrush job in person.

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#263 24 days ago
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).
buffing,
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.

#264 21 days ago

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.

FP backbox sheet panels (before) (resized).JPG

FP backbox sheet panels (after) (resized).jpg

#266 21 days ago

@beatmaster I am a little shocked that you didn't make new panels

#267 20 days ago
Quoted from eh97ac:

beatmaster I am a little shocked that you didn't make new panels

oh trust me it went through my mind. i wish they already exist somewhere (not sure, i think it does).
but i said to myself most of it will be covered so...

#268 19 days ago

some cleaning and buffing, no sanding before buffing this time.

lane guides on the playfield.

FP lane guide (resized).JPG

#269 19 days ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

some cleaning and buffing, no sanding before buffing this time.
lane guides on the playfield.

I did the same, looks great. Bear in mind, you will wind up with a ball-roll streak on the lane guides in the middle. No way around it.

#270 19 days ago
Quoted from La_Porta:

I did the same, looks great. Bear in mind, you will wind up with a ball-roll streak on the lane guides in the middle. No way around it.

yep that's exactly why it's not worth it.

#271 19 days ago

Well, I still wanted a mirror finish. I like it how it came out. The lower flipper guides, however, look great buffed.

#272 15 days ago

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.

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#274 9 days ago

update on the cabinet (airbrush).

spaceships on each side of the cabinet almost done.

Fp spaceship third and black color2 (resized).jpg
Fp Spaceship with green (resized).jpg

#275 5 days ago

Now THAT is cool!

#276 5 days ago
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.

#277 5 days ago

found a brand new speaker for the cabinet.

now, i need to make a sticker for it.

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#278 5 days ago

just received another picture, all stencils done.
shadow, highlight, cleaning up the overspray, etc... will be done later.

FP spaceship all stencils done (resized).jpg

#279 5 days ago

I ALWAYS look forward to seeing what's been done.

#280 5 days ago

sticker for the speaker, first or second?

Firepower Speaker decal (resized).jpg

Firepower Speaker decal2 (resized).jpg

#281 5 days ago

First, you already have enough space ships on the game.

#282 5 days ago
Quoted from MustangPaul:

First, you already have enough space ships on the game.

yeah but that'd be the only one inside the cab lol.

i kind of like the second one

#283 5 days ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

yeah but that'd be the only one inside the cab lol.
i kind of like the second one

That's what I think of your second one.

#284 5 days ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

sticker for the speaker, first or second?

Isn't the Speaker supposed to be a 4 ohm speaker?

#287 4 days ago

Might as well make some new instructions/free play cards. ** Fixed **

Firepower free play card (final) (resized).jpg

Firepower Instructions card (final) (resized).jpg

#289 4 days ago

I'm glad to see a special earns a credit and none of that xtra ball shit.

#290 4 days ago

Second one for the speaker.

#291 4 days ago
Quoted from Travish:

I'm glad to see a special earns a credit and none of that xtra ball shit.

i just went with the original card but there's another one with an extra ball award, and in firepower an extra ball is a good thing.

#292 4 days ago

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.

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#293 4 days ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

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.

Spaceship one for sure

#294 4 days ago

Geez seeing them both on the speaker i'm thinking that first one seems to pop, a 'less is more' kind of thing.

#295 4 days ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

Might as well make some new instructions/free play cards.

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.

#296 4 days ago
Quoted from aztarac:

Spelling alert! Second instruction line - should read "Flashing" not "Flasing" and "locking up" not "lockind"

Hey that's how they spell those words n Canada.

#297 4 days ago
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.

#298 4 days ago
Quoted from MustangPaul:

Hey that's how they spell those words n Canada.

how can we spell, can't even fuckin' read, lol.

#299 4 days ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

how can we spell, can't even fuckin' read, lol.

Oh don't be so hard on yourself, mistakes happen.

#300 4 days ago

next step,

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.

tilt bob:roll tilt panel (before) (resized).JPG

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