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HEP Pinball Magic 2018 Finished 10-13-18


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#151 10 months ago

Cabinet has cured for a few days so I will start sanding it and prepping for the final repaints and clear.
My goal in this step is to smooth any edges and eliminate the minor surface halos from the previous paint steps.

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#152 10 months ago

Sanding example is complete. Will need to do this on all panels of the cabinet.

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#153 10 months ago
Quoted from LTG:

Most people remember their first time getting their stomach pumped. More so if they got charcoal treatment and remember the resulting things coming out of both ends.
LTG : )

Many moons ago, we had a storage area under the stairs where we had some mouse poison. Mind you this was a little door on the backside of a closet under those stairs. We had a puppy that somehow managed to work the closet door open and, I am guessing here, the storage area door must not have been fully locked because he got a hold of the mouse poison. I have no idea how much charcoal they pushed through his system but I swear he was crapping charcoal briquettes for at least 10 days. (On a sidenote, that dog, now pushing 13 has an ironclad stomach...he can eat anything).

By the way, as always, amazing work. I keep telling myself I need to shoot you a PM to see if I can swing by one day and see your work in person.

#154 9 months ago

Chris... I'm abut to purchase some "Half Time" Glazing putty from Amazon. However, I'm a bit confused as to what to purchase.

I just posted this thread on Pinside this morning... any help?

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/half-time-glazing-putty-which-one-to-buy

Thanks
Kerry

#155 9 months ago
Quoted from Kerry_Richard:

Chris... I'm abut to purchase some "Half Time" Glazing putty from Amazon. However, I'm a bit confused as to what to purchase.
I just posted this thread on Pinside this morning... any help?
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/half-time-glazing-putty-which-one-to-buy
Thanks
Kerry

I answered it there.

1 week later
#156 9 months ago

Will be getting back to Pinball Magic very soon.
I have had to catch up a little of the lower hanging fruit lately.
People still send them

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#157 9 months ago

Ready to hit the final phases of the cabinet repaints.
The floor is sanded as clean as possible.
Inside and underside.

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#158 9 months ago

Floor masked.
The transformer support is pretty ugly so I will paint that and simulate the cash box divider on the left to the right by painting it’s footprint over there.
It probably gets covered by the power box once placed but is as close as I can come to making it look symmetrical.

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#159 9 months ago

Cabinet is cleaned then sprayed with adhesion promoter.

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#160 9 months ago

The outer is masked and inner painted.
I did this in reverse of how I might normally do it because I custom mixed the color by eye not by formula so I had to make certain I was done with the outside before moving to the inside with the small amount of paint left.
Theory being I could mix something close once again for the inner but never exact which is crucial on the outer.

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#161 9 months ago

Unmasked. All that is left now is the final clear on the lower and head.

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#162 9 months ago

Final clear is on the cabinet.
It will be at an 8 of 10 gloss level once dry so not a true matte finish nor gloss but a level somewhat in between by design.
I want it to pop a bit but not to be overly glossy

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#163 9 months ago

Unreal. Just beautiful.

#164 9 months ago

Beautiful... do/did you polish the clear after shooting it?

#165 9 months ago
Quoted from Kerry_Richard:

Beautiful... do/did you polish the clear after shooting it?

Thank you. I get asked about that finish often so to summarize.
It is a straight out of the gun finish.
When dealing with anything less than full gloss you lose the option of sanding and or polishing.
It has to be sprayed perfectly no runs or obvious dust particles or else it has to be sanded and done once again.
The act of polishing it would raise the gloss level and defeat the purpose
Very tough finish to achieve because of that but it is worth it in the long run.

#166 9 months ago

Cabinet is dry and moved into rebuild.

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#167 9 months ago

There were some corrosion concerns so the parts were nickel plated as needed.

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#168 9 months ago

Inner floor untaped
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Prepping the new skids for install

I will use small trim screws to attach placed strategically so the slides will hide them once placed.

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#169 9 months ago

Skids in place.
Then the glide is installed with the nail just above the screw so it covers it.

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#170 9 months ago

Now I can stand it back up on end and redefine the lower edge bevels.

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#171 9 months ago

Cabinet is ready to rebuild now but I need to figure out how I want to refinish the trim.
It is textured black from the factory so Si could easily freshen that back up .

Alternatively I could sand it prime it and sand it again for a smooth finish in virtually any color then clear it.
With the parts already having a solid powdered base to work off of it eliminates that step that would normally be needed prior to painting.

If I go the smooth repainted route
What color?
Full gloss or semi?

Thoughts and opinions welcome.

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#172 9 months ago

polished for the armor I think... or something exotic black

#173 9 months ago
Quoted from flynnibus:

polished for the armor I think... or something exotic black

Like a gloss black with a purple and red pearl in it?
Ties into the cabinet purple and the red cape on the woman but not too far outside of the factory.

#174 9 months ago

I had mine done in chrome. I was going for a shinier version of the all-stainless look that is on the PM flyer. I think because your cabinet is so beautiful that tidying up the crinkle powder coat will be fine. Will a gloss lockbar scratch? What colour is the coin door?

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#175 9 months ago

Trim is being prepped for refinishing.

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#176 9 months ago

The dark red from the playfield in semi-gloss?

#177 9 months ago
Quoted from lb1:

The dark red from the playfield in semi-gloss?

Thinking about a red/purple pearl based black.
Looks black at face value until the light hits it certain ways.
Experimenting now with colors for both it and the TZ I am doing.
They won’t be the same but the process is so I am catching that stuff today.

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#178 9 months ago

Pinball Magic trim based and cleared.
Hard to capture in this light with it wet but I dialed the red pearl back a touch and added some blue pearl and straight black to make sure it wouldn’t clash with the cabinet regardless of lighting.

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#179 9 months ago

Stunning, as always!

2 weeks later
#180 8 months ago

Don't suppose the owner of this machine would consider selling...... So love this game and the direction it is heading is sure perfection. Had to ask you never know as they say. Would love to have this in my little collection.

#181 8 months ago

Quoted from Yelobird:

Don't suppose the owner of this machine would consider selling...... So love this game and the direction it is heading is sure perfection. Had to ask you never know as they say. Would love to have this in my little collection.

Do you think the owner of that HEP TZ would be willing to sell?

#182 8 months ago
Quoted from Vyzer2:

Do you think the owner of that HEP TZ would be willing to sell?

Understood but had to ask. For the record not everyone restores pins for the same reason. I have seen HEP games turn over in the past and just thought I would ask. Somewhat drawn to this title as one I have never owned. Tough game to find in amazing condition.

#183 8 months ago

I meant that in the most lighthearted way. I'm jealous of your TZ. All the best with your hep pin.

3 weeks later
#184 8 months ago

Back to it.
I am going to braid it and get the cabinet up on legs.

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#185 8 months ago

I want to use the new style reinforced leg plates. image (resized).jpg

No problem that I can see in the front. image (resized).jpg

The rear is a little different. It will not allow the plate to go down far enough to align the holes.
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I will just cut notches out of the plates as marked.

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#186 8 months ago

not trying to criticize.......just my opinion........but wouldn't it look better to notch out the wood bottom corner brace

#187 8 months ago
Quoted from zerbam:

but wouldn't it look better to notch out the wood bottom corner brace

Cabinets done. Don't want to mess it up. And could weaken the wood structure of the cabinet.

Two screw holes missing from those leg plates won't weaken anything.

LTG : )

#188 8 months ago
Quoted from zerbam:

not trying to criticize.......just my opinion........but wouldn't it look better to notch out the wood bottom corner brace

I don’t think so. Why permanently butcher the cabinet up in the name of a leg plate?
A simple cut to the plate makes more sense in this case and it is cleaner than trying to cut away the 45 in the floor which would scratch the paint up.

Leg plates for the rear location cut.

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Plates checked for clearance.

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#189 8 months ago

always follow along with your restores.....and past restores on your site.......just was wondering?

#190 8 months ago
Quoted from zerbam:

always follow along with your restores.....and past restores on your site.......just was wondering?

No problem I hope the explanation and pictures helped verify why I felt it was the best choice.
Definitely quicker if nothing else.

#191 8 months ago

Braid path is mapped out.
I am copying the factory path on this on for the most part because I am less familiar with some of the bracketry and future parts to be installed footprints.

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#192 8 months ago

Braiding of the lower is done.
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I neatly screwed the large plastic grill down in the back because stapling can blow it apart

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#193 8 months ago

It needs a new speaker.
The factory is an 8 inch 4 ohm. image (resized).jpg

I will replace it with the same.
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I want to turn/Mount the speaker like this image (resized).jpg

That is for two reasons.
First I want the label straight.
Second is that I can then secure the wires along the inner back wall of the divider blocking.
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To do that I will need an extension
This will be color correct.
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When soldering I place something between the terminals and the housing so I don’t risk dropping solder down into the cone and ruining the speaker/burning a hole in it. image (resized).jpg

I slip some tubing over the terminals on this one since it might run close once turned to other wiring.
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Then strain relief is made by crossing and tying. This will also insure that the tubing stays in place.

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#194 8 months ago

Speaker and transformer in place.
Working through the wiring before placing the head.

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#195 8 months ago

Nice! As always great job!

#196 7 months ago

Head is placed on the lower.

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#197 7 months ago

The trim has set a good while and I see where the grainy texture has settled back in.
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Original trim is textured and I was thinking about sticking with that but with the glossy finish it just doesn’t look how I want it to. image (resized).jpg

Also with the gloss I can now spot a slight depression in the rails probably from the head.Light reflections near my thumb highlight that.

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#198 7 months ago

Trim is painted and cleared again.
Will have a slicker Finish.

The door and bolts were done as well.

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#199 7 months ago

I bet nickel plate on the leg brackets would look good. Or even the red purple paint.

#200 7 months ago

LEDOCD board is placed along with the backbox lamp panel.
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Trim is checked in the sun.

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