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How to repair finish on unpainted wood areas


By Silverstreak02

58 days ago



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#1 58 days ago

I’ll be starting the playfield restoration on my Around the World game soon. I plan to repaint and clear the playfield. I need some advise on how to fix the unpainted wood areas. Below is a picture that shows the finish is gone due to planking. Do I somehow sand and finish with something before the first coat of clear? Well that’s my guess, but how should I do it?

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#2 58 days ago

I’m confused by your terminology. “Unpainted wood area” is where in your photo?

vid1900 has excellent instructions covering your situation starting at https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-ultimate-playfield-restoration/page/5#post-677207

#3 58 days ago
Quoted from YeOldPinPlayer:

I’m confused by your terminology. “Unpainted wood area” is where in your photo?
vid1900 has excellent instructions covering your situation starting at https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-ultimate-playfield-restoration/page/5#post-677207

I’m referring to the brown area around the rocket.

#4 58 days ago

You need to start by protecting the painted area with painters tape. Take your time and use a straight edge where possible and an exacto blade to get close to the black borders. Once this has been achieved sand the area with 150 grit sandpaper around small pieces of flat wood And smooth the area. Work up to 400 grit gradually.

You may never improve the original yellowing of the wood too much but you will smooth out the planking. You may need to change the painters tape after some time but that’s part of the job. Be patient and you will be rewarded with satisfying results. Finish with a clear shellac coat.

The flippers appear to have imparted no wear so that is good.

The next step is to lightly clear the area to protect this part of your restoration before tackling the painted areas.

If there was flipper wear now is the time to drop some clear on the area to fill the depression and sand the clear smooth. You can make the flipper wear completely disappear if the shellac coat was close.

#5 58 days ago
Quoted from SteveinTexas:

You need to start by protecting the painted area with painters tape. Take your time and use a straight edge where possible and an exacto blade to get close to the black borders. Once this has been achieved sand the area with 150 grit sandpaper around small pieces of flat wood And smooth the area. Work up to 400 grit gradually.
You may never improve the original yellowing of the wood too much but you will smooth out the planking. You may need to change the painters tape after some time but that’s part of the job. Be patient and you will be rewarded with satisfying results. Finish with a clear shellac coat.
The flippers appear to have imparted no wear so that is good.
The next step is to lightly clear the area to protect this part of your restoration before tackling the painted areas.
If there was flipper wear now is the time to drop some clear on the area to fill the depression and sand the clear smooth. You can make the flipper wear completely disappear if the shellac coat was close.

Thanks for the help.

#6 57 days ago

There's no way you're going to sand around the artwork on that.

If I was doing that playfield I'd match up some paint to the wood tone and fill it in. If you mix it really close your eye won't see the repair. Especially if you're going to touch up the rocket, and the other brightly colored areas. Bury it all under a nice clearcoat, and it'd look great!

Just my .02

-Paul

#7 56 days ago
Quoted from Pablito350:

There's no way you're going to sand around the artwork on that.
If I was doing that playfield I'd match up some paint to the wood tone and fill it in. If you mix it really close your eye won't see the repair. Especially if you're going to touch up the rocket, and the other brightly colored areas. Bury it all under a nice clearcoat, and it'd look great!
Just my .02
-Paul

You don’t start with a wood restoration by painting it.

I should link you to my Slick Chick playfield restoration thread but I doubt it would help you.

#8 56 days ago

As an update I was considering the above options and eventually decided to wet the area with Naphtha to see what it will looks like after clear coating. I think I may leave it alone. I attached two pictures.

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#9 56 days ago

That'd look great!

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