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By Hapidance

45 days ago



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    #1 45 days ago

    Another silly newbie question.
    I’m not sure what the risers or posts that hold the ramps up called?
    Where do I get new shine ones ?
    Can they be painted???
    Also what are the proper types of screws to use to replace old ones?
    Any help is appreciated.
    Thanks!

    #2 45 days ago
    Quoted from Hapidance:

    Another silly newbie question.
    I’m not sure what the risers or posts that hold the ramps up called?
    Where do I get new shine ones ?
    Can they be painted???
    Also what are the proper types of screws to use to replace old ones?
    Any help is appreciated.
    Thanks!

    Do you have pics?

    #3 45 days ago

    Sound like Starposts, as Dad asks, what game is it, pictures?

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    #4 45 days ago

    These people sell many types of post rubber, plastic, white, black, etc, etc...
    You can search there and probably find whatever you need, but you will need a great deal more detail to order something specific.
    https://www.pinballlife.com/plastic-spacers.html
    Perhaps if you have a manual for your machine, that will provide details on what you might need...

    #5 45 days ago

    Standoffs?

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    #6 45 days ago

    Standoffs !
    Yes.
    Thank you!

    #7 45 days ago

    How do you get them looking nice new and shiney?
    I am the proud owner of a Cyclone and am in the process of making it better.
    A new ramp is in the future for the game so I figured standoffs should be addressed. Can I clean the ones I have?
    Get new ones?
    Paint some of them? ( might be fun for the Cyclone)
    Any input is much appreciated!

    #8 45 days ago
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    #10 44 days ago
    Quoted from Hapidance:

    How do you get them looking nice new and shiney?
    I am the proud owner of a Cyclone and am in the process of making it better.
    A new ramp is in the future for the game so I figured standoffs should be addressed. Can I clean the ones I have?
    Get new ones?
    Paint some of them? ( might be fun for the Cyclone)
    Any input is much appreciated!

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    #11 44 days ago
    Quoted from 0geist0:

    These are pretty cheapebay.com link

    Awsome!
    Thank you. I’m thinking new would cost less Than buying a tumbler.

    #12 44 days ago

    You'll likely still have to do something to get new ones shiny, too. They'll clean up faster, but they won't come polished. At least that's been my experience.

    https://www.pinballlife.com/spacersstandoffs.html

    #13 44 days ago
    Quoted from Hapidance:

    Awsome!
    Thank you. I’m thinking new would cost less Than buying a tumbler.

    You might also have success with a wire wheel on a Dremel - after taking the parts off of the playfield first, of course.

    #14 44 days ago

    You will never get really "shiny" standoffs. They just didn't care that much when they were making the machines. Get new ones if you can and just go with it.

    Us pinball people (me included) tend to go way overboard when bringing stuff back to life.

    If you can't find them at pinball life marco will have them. Check and recheck to make sure you have the right ones before hitting checkout or you will be making another order.

    https://www.marcospecialties.com/control/keywordsearch?SEARCH_STRING=Cyclone

    #15 44 days ago
    Quoted from mbott1701:

    You'll likely still have to do something to get new ones shiny, too. They'll clean up faster, but they won't come polished. At least that's been my experience.

    Yes, this. My suggestion above will get them looking nicer, but not minty fresh.

    Note: Making one part of the pin too shiny can start a cascade effect where you want/need to make it all shiny

    With these classic pins, unless you're trying to restore back to "Collector's quality," it's all about making things better but not perfect. Many a person has dropped a ton of cash on a restoration only to get just a few hundred over what they bought it for originally. So, spend your money where it matters most without taking a bath when you move on to the next pin.

    My philosophy is to fix things in this order:
    1) Things that affect gameplay (rubbers, flipper rebuilds, making sure coils are what was originally spec'd)
    2) Easily remedied items on the playfield (cleaning/waxing, cracked plastics/starposts/etc)
    3) More difficult items on the playfield (cracked standup targets, issues with inserts)
    4) Cab or backbox cosmetics
    5) etc

    But, most importantly, have fun!

    #16 44 days ago

    If you want to make them shiny they can be buffed.

    #17 44 days ago

    I just got the pin and I’m already going overboard I think.
    I have three index cards with a “to do list” and one card with “to order” list.

    Mbott1701- thanks for the advice on order of operations regarding game repaires. I’m going to replace a ramp and that’s leading me down the rabbit hole of having to make EVERYTHING it touches look brand minty new when perhaps it need not be quite minty fresh.
    I need to bring myself a bit more back down to earth.
    I know some folks will rather polish an old screw than replace it.
    I’d rather replace it but I should be practical. Perhaps I’ll start with my dreamell and some polishing paste.

    On another issue.. I picked up the blue skillshot ramp with no broken parts. Some of the blue is a bit discolored. I used some plastic cleaner (not Novus)
    It cleaned up the blue a bit, made it shiney but didn’t scrub through the slight discoloration.

    #18 44 days ago
    Quoted from Hapidance:

    with “to order” list.

    Tip of the day: Order more than you think you will need; order different sizes if you aren't 1000% sure; do a complete inventory of everything you need before you hit 'Purchase'.

    #19 44 days ago
    Quoted from Dallas_Pin:

    Tip of the day: Order more than you think you will need; order different sizes if you aren't 1000% sure; do a complete inventory of everything you need before you hit 'Purchase'.

    So true! Nothing like realizing that you need just one more thing after you received your order. It’s a kick in the nuts paying for shipping twice!

    #20 44 days ago

    Not sure if this was mentioned just browsing through the thread, but if it hasn't been mentioned I have gotten many small parts very shiny and fresh looking with nevr dull.
    Both by hand or with help of a drill, holding part in chuck and spinning it.

    Anyway if you pick a can up I'm sure you'll be happy with results.

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