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Front Apron Restore

By Slickfam99

1 year ago


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#1 1 year ago

How do you go about refinishing the front apron? Mine has several scratches and was wondering what everyone else does to make these look better? I can duplicate the front score card but those scratches!

Tim

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#2 1 year ago

http://www.pinballrescue.net/Decals_Apron_Gottlieb.html

Decals here

Your apron doesn’t look too bad.
Color match and touch up would be less work.

#3 1 year ago

That’s a very decent original. I’m struggling to see any scratches. Some light rust where the ball drains is all I can really detect.

The decals from Pinball Rescue are well produced, but they are essentially giant stickers. They only have the blue and red colors printed on them. The rest of it is transparent, so you have to strip the paint off the old apron, spray it with white paint, redo the webbing, and apply the sticker carefully to avoid bubbles.

#4 1 year ago
Quoted from Slickfam99:

How do you go about refinishing the front apron? Mine has several scratches and was wondering what everyone else does to make these look better? I can duplicate the front score card but those scratches!
Tim[quoted image]

Tim,
What scratches are you referring too? Are you referring to the webbing?

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from SteveinTexas:

Tim,
What scratches are you referring too? Are you referring to the webbing?

Oh, good point. He probably is. My very first game was a King Pin, which had very fine webbing on it. I thought they were scratches, too!

#6 1 year ago

apron looks great. usually I just touch up blemishes on aprons and clearcoat them.

#7 1 year ago

I'll take a closer look at the finish. Maybe I was mistaking the webbing for scratches. I was going to wipe down and put a layer of wax on it to keep the sheen.

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from Slickfam99:

I'll take a closer look at the finish. Maybe I was mistaking the webbing for scratches. I was going to wipe down and put a layer of wax on it to keep the sheen.

Wipe very carefully. The ink on the apron has no protection and will come off with just about any solvent, including water. The webbing is a little more robust, but it will also disappear with cleaning that is too aggressive.

#9 1 year ago

It looks fine to me. As leckmeck has said, clean VERY carefully. It's one of those situations where WD-40 has a use. Try a little on a rag, and go easy in one spot. Check for any paint loss. I've had good luck with it though.

#10 1 year ago

You're most definitely mistaking the webbing for scratches. I don't see a single scratch anywhere on that apron.

I clean mine by lightly moistening a rag with Windex and gently wipe. You might try plain water first. That might be enough. Look at the rag to see if any paint is smearing. The red is very susceptible.

#11 1 year ago

I can live with an original with webbing as long as everything else is ok. However, if there's a lot of rust or other paint loss, well, I don't care that much about the webbing. I'm going to refinish the apron. It's right there in your face and what's the sense in doing a full restoration and reusing a rusty old apron?

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