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Gottlieb Eclipse Trashed Playfield restoration process

By CaptainNeo

3 years ago

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#1 3 years ago

Started this trashed Eclipse playfield. Very rare game. Less than 200 made. This playfield had full mylar added, top to bottom. 99% of the field was covered in one big sheet of mylar. Upon removing the mylar, I found out why they did it. Several issues.

1. Had a ton of home made touchups done
2. Custom printed inserts that were not even close to the original art
3. Wood graining in tons of places, that released big chips of ink. The ink was already stuck to the mylar before even started removing.

Tried freeze, heat, and pulling. no matter what, the ink was already let go from the playfield and fused to the mylar. When I saw those black circles on the field. I looked up if they should be there, because they didn't look right. Not only were those black circles not suppose to be there, but all the art on the inserts is completely wrong. It's not suppose to be black numbers. it's suppose to be black inserts, with clear numbers that let the light through. This is going to be a huge undertaking.
I'm doing a level 2 on this field. Level 2, I only touch up visible areas of the field, when it's put together. areas, under plastics, posts and stuff are not touched up. Level 3, I touch up everything. Hidden or not. I will document some of the process of this field.

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#2 3 years ago

I don’t know Spirit, but when the clear and paint lose adhesion and the Mylar is all thats keeping it in place, that lack of adhesion can ruin your day.

I think you’re are screen printed on. Large blocks of color. Vid’s guide to playfield restoration will reveal all secrets if you are a DIY guy.

Since they’re solid colors (no half tones, no gradients, nothing intricate) they could happily and perfectly be touched up. I have a PF out to LV playfields and while a long process, cure between coats, it’s worth it. I can dog up other names.

You’re going to re-clear it.

Now that Mylar is 99/100 factory. Perhaps someone pulled it up, flunked it up and slapped a new down.

A touch up artist who can mix paint is gold.

The clear coat done by a pro is the way to not to deal with the fumes and toxicity of automotive clear.

I love that game.

#3 3 years ago

this is my work in progress. I've been restoring playfields for 13 years. This one is number #451. someone decided to add mylar after the game was messed up. Did a bunch of home made touchups, and put one big sheet of mylar over the entire field. Also cut large amounts of mylar right on the field, creating cut lines into the playfield. I'm in the process of cleaning the field, and getting it ready for touchups. I already removed all the text off the inserts, since they are all wrong. removed those random black circles that were magically hiding other lost art.

#4 3 years ago

cleaning process is done. Insert text is cleaned off (because it was wrong). Now i'm starting the color matching process. have some sample yellows drying from last night.

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#5 3 years ago

Following. Massive undertaking. Big fan of this game. Plan on restoring my Eclipse PF someday.

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#6 3 years ago

yeah, I should be doing updates to this. It's been a huge process to restore. I'll post some updated pics

#7 3 years ago

Here is where its at currently. Been a massive amount of touchup work. 90% of it has been by hand. Needs a bunch more work yet

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#8 3 years ago

Neo, pretty fabulous work if you ask me!

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#10 3 years ago

That’s amazing! How do you get the smooth coverage by hand?

#11 3 years ago

Lots of strokes and feather it out. High end red sable brushes. Im about 100 hours in currently.

#12 3 years ago

a lot of the imperfections you see in the field, is actually reflections off the clear. Hopefully this will be done soon.

#13 3 years ago

How did you do the letters and numbers? Did you use stencils or decals?

#14 3 years ago

Incredible work.

#15 3 years ago

I'm fairly new to the playfield restoration game and I'm always impressed by the work that some people can put up. This is one example. In terms of technique, for the pink region that transitions into the orange sunburst, what do you do? Do you start by repainting the solid pink and then hand paint the orange (and red) sunburst rays? If so, how do you get them so straight? Artistic talent?

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