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Half value half resto question playboy


By cjs001

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Sorry if this shouldn't be here, if it shouldn't let me know and I'll drain it. Wasn't sure exactly were to ask this. I picked up a bally playboy and I am in the middle of working on it. I was originally all gun hoe on doing as much possible restore work as possible and making it look as close to new. Well the more I work on it and notice more things I'm wondering if I should not go too overboard with the restore. I don't want to put more into it then it will ever be worth and my wife will kill me if I do that again!! This game will go into our collection for now but one day I will sell it to help fund my dream game. So the main question I am asking is, is it wise to repaint the whole body, or is all that time and extra money not worth it. The backback has the worst paint wear and the area around the coin door to me is rough and ugly, but I could live with it. Someone added a shabby credit button and three large bolts were drilled into it that annoy me. You'll see in pictures. For condition assessment when considering this extra restore/facelift work: backglass 10/10 and I will triple thick it to keep it that way; playfield had Mylar placed on it well after a lot of use so swirl marks are locked in under it, I considered removing it but the closer I look I found a few paint chips missing from before it was installed making me extremely fearfully that I'll get horrible results removing it. I started buffing the Mylar tonight and have it almost back to mirror glass look(picture prior to buffing), which helped a lot. There are two spots down to wood, which I will clean up around and Mylar to stop further wear, neither in main playfield area. All electronics are original, MPU had battery damage, I fixed it all and is working fine now. All capacitors replaced throughout, all recommended board mods done, transformer rebuilt with upgraded bridge rectifiers. All header pins throughout entire game replaced. All new crimp terminals on ever wire. All mechanics will be cleaned, flippers rebuilt, pop bumpers rebuilt, plan to LED the game also. I've never done this much before and just not sure if repainting is worth the extra mile. Need some opinions so I can either tell the misses she's right and I'm going overboard or it's totally worth it economically. Thanks everyone for your thoughts.

#2 2 years ago

Second picture is before Mylar cleaning/buffing, third picture is after I started. Some decent improvement.

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#3 2 years ago

Playfield has most of it's paint. Looks good actually. Should clean up well. You can always repaint the cab later if desired. I would make the playfield nice and working right 1st, and all else would follow. I like my cabs decent but they don't have to be perfect. I dislike fade the most. Good luck, nice game you have there.

#4 2 years ago

IMO, if you are going to restore the game you have to repaint the cabinet. 40 years takes a toll on the cabinet white and pink. Some games the cabinet doesn't make a difference, but with Playboy it makes a huge difference.

Not a great picture and somewhat dark, but maybe you can tell.

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#5 2 years ago

Thank you for your opinions, much appreciated. I am going to go for it and repaint the whole body. Thanks again.

#6 2 years ago

For the most part, you will never see the money you invest into a restoration. It's a labor of love.

#7 2 years ago
Quoted from dsuperbee:

For the most part, you will never see the money you invest into a restoration. It's a labor of love.

You will generally get some back, but yes, if you expect to get back what you put in, expect to be disappointed.

#8 2 years ago

I always get a game expecting to fix everything. Then I seem to take a step back and reevaluate the situation. Many times the enemy of good is better.

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