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HEP This Week 2-17-2020


By High_End_Pins

1 year ago



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“EBD Trim legs will be black regardless ”

  • Stainless/Factory 35 votes
    31%
  • Blacked out 54 votes
    48%
  • Painted Gold matched to cabinet 24 votes
    21%

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#201 1 year ago

Playfield is now cleaned and ready to start painting.
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I am going to go over the enormous files,programs and equipment needed to make this happen.
The custom paint mixing system. Whatever is in here is what I will mix and tint to match as well as possible. . image (resized).jpg

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Morning fuel.
Coffee and water. I drink a lot of water. image (resized).jpg

#202 1 year ago
Quoted from chad:

Chris, what guidecoat?

It is basically light overspray on the primer surface to guide you through properly sanding the primer nice and flat.
Sand until gone.

#203 1 year ago

I am going to work from dark to light with colors so I will start with the darker blue.

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#204 1 year ago

I'm loving this thread, thank you for taking time to post your work as you go. The pictures are super helpful and interesting.

#205 1 year ago
Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

I'm loving this thread, thank you for taking time to post your work as you go. The pictures are super helpful and interesting.

Lovin’ it too. Amazing to watch this transformation.

#206 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

It is basically light overspray on the primer surface to guide you through properly sanding the primer nice and flat.
Sand until gone.

Thank you

#207 1 year ago

Blue is masked and painted

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#208 1 year ago

Blue unmasked.

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#209 1 year ago

The post locations in the blue are now redrilled so they don’t get lost in the process.

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#210 1 year ago

Red masked and painted.
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Now unmasked. This really brightened up the cars which were a tedious cut x4.

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#211 1 year ago

looks good chris

2 questions: you're just using frisket and freehand cutting it with a scalpel or x-acto blade to mask the areas? and blocking out areas where there is text on the playfield?

#212 1 year ago

The yellow is masked and then sprayed.
This is one of the harder task because Yellow generally does not cover well and there are many numbers to cut out.
Without the ability to cut and mask every digit it comes down to compromises between the aged paint and the new and how to best make those work together.
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The yellow is then unmasked. image (resized).jpg

It is at this point that I really need to clear once again.
I anticipate needing to dial in some areas done today a bit further especially in the yellow.
On the next pass I will do that and other colors not yet done like the green,light blue,and of course the white

#213 1 year ago

Simply amazing Chris.

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#214 1 year ago

Playfield is cleared again.
Not perfect but much improved and should only get better from here.

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#215 1 year ago

Late lunch.
Baked chicken breast
Steamed green beans
Baked sweet potato
Little bit of BBQ sauce

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#216 1 year ago
Quoted from j_m_:

looks good chris
2 questions: you're just using frisket and freehand cutting it with a scalpel or x-acto blade to mask the areas? and blocking out areas where there is text on the playfield?

Yes I use a stenciling material like frisked but it can withstand autopaint.

To cut it out I use just a regular razor blade.
I like that best.

#217 1 year ago

what frisket material do you use?

I have tried a few and nothing I like (may be my lack of skill, but may be the material?)

#218 1 year ago

Back to work.

Got two packages.

What are they?

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#219 1 year ago

Package 1 is an Alien backglass/plexi.

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#220 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Package 1 is an Alien backglass/plexi.
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Well that answers my earlier question..........

#221 1 year ago

Looks like the Alien backglass/plexi is the standard version not the limited version though so I am not sure if that is all that can be had(definitely better than a smashed one) or if there is a mistake but that was package 1 and the effort made is appreciated as well.

#222 1 year ago

Package 2
More backglasses.
Spirit !!!!!!

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#223 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Package 2
More backglasses.
Spirit !!!!!!
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Excellent in my best Bill and Ted voice

#224 1 year ago

Chris, where were you able to obtain the backglass plexi for the Alien?

#225 1 year ago
Quoted from djh00000:

Chris, where were you able to obtain the backglass plexi for the Alien?

Wayne Gillard/Mr Pinball Australia saw to it we got one and a fellow Pinsider sent it on his behalf.
Very helpful guys both of them.

#226 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Wayne Gillard/Mr Pinball Australia saw to it we got one and a fellow Pinsider sent it on his behalf.
Very helpful guys both of them.

That's great!!!

Thanks!!

Dan

#227 1 year ago

New Alien plexi is installed.
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This is done using longer screws and some new but yellowed and useless post rubbers as a way to isolate and give s little suspension in hopes of not breaking during transit.
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#228 1 year ago

Closed up and checked.
Looks like the screen was not mounted properly

I did put it back in the original holes but I see the frame showing on the right so I will adjust that.

It isn’t the plexi that looks to be nice and even.

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#229 1 year ago

Screen is moved over about 3/8 of an inch from where it was
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That was actually a blessing in disguise because now we are anchored into fresh material not the old screw holes.
Alignment is much better now.

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#230 1 year ago

It occurred to me that the Alien and my Elliptigo are a perfect couple

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#231 1 year ago

Alien is ready to pack up.
I noticed the wireform on the right had been marking the glass during transit most likely so I am protecting that.

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#232 1 year ago

Back to the Grand Prix

Considering new backglass art.
Wife says the original is MUCH better but I am not convinced

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#233 1 year ago

I feel pretty comfortable with the playfield so I can start tearing down the cabinet.

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#234 1 year ago

Head is off. image (resized).jpg

The old cigarette(maybe that doesn’t look like it had a filter)burn. image (resized).jpg

#235 1 year ago

Misfits skull on the helmet! You've certainly taken their DIY ethos to heart

#236 1 year ago

Really like the step-by-step posts!

Do you spray white under your yellow coat? I can never get good coverage.

#237 1 year ago

Cabinet is gutted.
I will pop the rails and legs off tomorrow and it will be ready to strip.

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#238 1 year ago
Quoted from radium:

Really like the step-by-step posts!
Do you spray white under your yellow coat? I can never get good coverage.

I know Yellow is pretty much the worst color to deal with
If I were painting one large single color surface yellow I would definitely put a light base of white or very light gray down first.
When dealing with a stencil or playfield though I just work through the lack of solid coverage by applying multiple thin coats even though it is maddening.
The reason for that is that spraying a different color first can create a halo once unmasked it could be sanded into during surface perfecting so it is best to have that pure correct yellow from the ground floor up in those cases.

#239 1 year ago

Dinner is served.
A bowl of oatmeal,chicken,carrots,broccoli,avocado, and almonds.
It is all about nutrients.

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#240 1 year ago

Time for Maverick and I to chill out on the couch and start resting up for tomorrow.

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#241 1 year ago
Quoted from High_End_Pins:

Time for Maverick and I to chill out on the couch and start resting up for tomorrow.
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I've seen Maverick in action......that's a rare shot you have right there.....

#242 1 year ago

Rails are off and I am ready to start getting the cabinet caught up with the playfield. image (resized).jpg

Before I strip and repair it I will note the colors where I can in areas not previously exposed
That is going to just be white and blue.
All red has been aged
Not all that important just needs to look nice and be within the correct shades.

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#243 1 year ago

The framing of the head looks to be made of particle board so a fiberglass based filler is best used for the initial repairs of that.

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#244 1 year ago

While I am sanding and working on the Grand Prix Cabinet I will also start prepping the IJ cabinet for final paint as well.

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#245 1 year ago

Trip to the paint store to gather supplies to repair and paint the Grand Prix Cabinet.

These materials and paint do not come cheap.

$660 was spent just this morning and it doesn’t include the cost of materials already on hand like primer and sand paper.

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#246 1 year ago

Head is stripped image (resized).jpg

Repairs to this type of material require a special filler

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#247 1 year ago

The initial repairs are made using the fiberglass reinforced filler.

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#248 1 year ago

First pass
Will require one more before switching to a normal finish filler. image (resized).jpgimage (resized).jpg

Sanding the IJ cabinet as I wait for the filler to cure for maximum efficiency.

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#249 1 year ago

Second pass is done.
A different color hardner was used to differentiate the first fill from the second.

The true cosmetic repairs will be done with a finish filler after I complete the entire process with the fiberglass based version

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#250 1 year ago

Love following this thread. Can't wait to see it after its painted. Curios to see if you do clean edges with the stencil or rough / overspray edges like the original.

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