I thought she was a dirty girl before i stripped her down.... Mata Hari Project

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I thought she was a dirty girl before i stripped her down.... Mata Hari Project


By mrm_4

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

then I saw how dirty she really was... I know there are a lot of posts in here on cleaning up old play fields but i want to do this right. This is my first play field restoration so any help (or even heckles) would be appreciated! Products to use or avoid, techniques that work or destroy, paints to buy and where , anything you got!!!!

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#2 1 year ago

the restored play field is replacing this one.

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#4 1 year ago

Ah you got that Craigslist deal, I just missed it!

#5 1 year ago

How the heck did that perfectly round pf-wear occur below the pops?

#6 1 year ago

It looks like someone ripped up a circle of Mylar and it pulled everything up with it.

#7 1 year ago

*sweating* She is a d-dirty girl indeed

#8 1 year ago

Finally able to start on it today. Using mean green, 90% alcohol, magic eraser, novus 2, naphtha, and canned air (duster to freeze and remove Mylar.) Need to sand down the shooter lane and kick out hole. Then I'll move on to color matching Americana Acrylics.

#9 1 year ago

Always dreamt about stripping Mata Hari down!

#10 1 year ago

My god, Mylar adhesive is the worst. If Vader wanted Luke to turn to the dark side he should've just had him clean Mylar off a playfield. I almost took a hacket to this thing. 3 blisters later and I'm ready to start painting.

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#11 1 year ago

Ok I started painting the playfield, using Americana Acrylics. Going great except the sheen is obviously different. Original paint has almost a semi gloss but the acrylic is flat. Will doing the clear coat help hide this?

#12 1 year ago

Pics please.

#13 1 year ago

Here's an example of a part of the red. This shows how different the sheen is. Really hoping clear coat helps with this. I don't want to say "ok you can only look from this angle to see how awesome it turned out." every time someone looks at it. Lol

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#14 1 year ago

I'm sure someone here has clear coated over Americana Acrylics that could weigh in... I hope...

#15 1 year ago

I clearcoated my Volcano playfield after doing acrylics on it and it turned out just fine, it was my first try ever in repainting a playfield and coating, so i was pretty much shitting my pants with fear and dread LOL.

Although ive have experienced smudging once, on a friends game, but i think that was because he had bought the wrong kind of acrylics, but im sure you will be just fine.

*its the area between the fireball and number 4 and down to the big guys hair, totally wood clean when i got the game*

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#16 1 year ago

Thanks Luzur that makes me feel a little better about it. Also good to know the "shitting your pants with fear feeling" is normal!!! I'd be done painting by now but I can't for the life of me get this yellow/gold/straw color matched. About 90% of my time is trying to color match. 10% painting with a needle and magnifying glass haha

#17 1 year ago

Clear will fix the issue- wipe your play field with a wet rag of Naptha to see how colors look/blend under clear coat. Color saturation and brightness all appear to change with a good coat of clear and naphtha pretty much perfectly (if for only a few seconds) will reveal this. It will NOT hurt anything and in fact is the preferred solvent for cleaning old playfields- primarily because it will not raise wood grain.

FYI if Naptha is new to you- it's damn close to lighter fluid so best extinguish any open flames before coating a play field with it- also it evaporates really fast... so look fast to catch the effect.

Finally- you would be well served to finish cleaning and hit the entire game with clear prior to paint touch ups- unless you can touch up the entire thing without having to redo... once clear has been applied you can lightly sand down to roughen it up and then have apwhat amounts to an erasable surface to work with. Any repairs that go south can be wiped off and redone... not so working on the original surface.

Looking like a good start!

#18 1 year ago

Before:

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#19 1 year ago

About half way done:

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#20 1 year ago

I loved a girl who wasn't clean.

#21 1 year ago

Obviously not done. I still can't match the gold/yellow color. Still need to touch up the fuchsia and finish the bullet. Then I can end with the rest of the black. Not happy with my 9000 but I'll fix that after I figure out the yellow.

#22 1 year ago

Again reittirating that I've never done this before- when I'm finished touching up would I be better off trying to clear coat this thing or would having the whole board (minus kick out hole and shooter lane) covered in one sheet of Mylar be better (safer) for my level of experience?

#23 1 year ago

I think I'm done with the painting. Not sure how I feel about it. I've never painted anything like this before other than in grade school lol. Little concerned about the difference the original glossy look from the playfield paint versus the flat look of the touch up. Everyone assures me that the clear coat will help hide it. Either way it looks a hell of a lot better than what I started with and I know it's not going to look like a CPR.

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#24 1 year ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

clear coat will help hide it.

Wipe down the pf with naptha and it will give you a much better idea how your touch ups will look once cleared.

#25 1 year ago

So after wiping it down with naphtha to see the look of a clear coat I was feeling really good about it!!...... Then the naphtha evaporated and all of the black paint turned to a hazy dark gray. All other colors are fine but now the black looks like hell. Repainting it at the moment. But what the heck happened???

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#26 1 year ago

Cleaned up this gross mess...
Looks a lot better. Need a couple of coin mechs.

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#27 1 year ago

Finished playfield and sent to be clear coated. Ignore the top left explosion. It's completely covered by the bracket holding the round rubber.

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#28 1 year ago

Started sanding down the back box.

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#29 12 months ago

Cabinet sanded and ready for primer. Back box primed and painted yellow. Tilt panel painted red. Slowly but surely tackling my first restoration. Still waiting to get the PF back from getting clear coated.

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#30 12 months ago

What grit sand paper are you guys using to smooth out the cabinets after spraying with 2x rustoleum? Also after sanding are you spraying another coat of paint?
I don't like the rough feel/look I'm getting. If you zoom in on the top left corner of the back box you'll see what I am referring too with the yellow.
Maybe just a light sanding with 600 or 800 grit or something, just not sure what sanding does to gloss paint, if it makes it obvious you sanded or not, any help is appreciated.

#31 12 months ago

Dirty girl?

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#32 12 months ago

This is awesome!

#33 12 months ago

A playfield protector would work too. Not everyones cup of tea, but I have one on several games including Mata Hari and it works for me. Removable if need be too..........

#34 12 months ago
Quoted from pinkid:

A playfield protector would work too. Not everyones cup of tea, but I have one on several games including Mata Hari and it works for me. Removable if need be too..........

Not the biggest fan of protectors although I know a lot of people like them.

The playfield is getting clear coated at the moment, so I've moved on to the cabinet and back box. Hoping to finish stenciling by the end of the month. Just looking for some advice on smoothing out the spray paint before I get to far.

Quoted from mrm_4:

What grit sand paper are you guys using to smooth out the cabinets after spraying with 2x rustoleum? Also after sanding are you spraying another coat of paint?
I don't like the rough feel/look I'm getting. If you zoom in on the top left corner of the back box you'll see what I am referring too with the yellow.
Maybe just a light sanding with 600 or 800 grit or something, just not sure what sanding does to gloss paint, if it makes it obvious you sanded or not, any help is appreciated.

#35 12 months ago

The lighting sucks in my garage but I was finally able to get the glossy coat I was looking for.

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2 weeks later
#36 11 months ago

Sanded down the scratched up apron. Painted with Krylon Fusion Sunbeam/Saefty Yellow. Closest color I could get to match the Bally’s logo in the sticker. Also got the coin door ready to go. Just need some decent weather to finish up the cabinet and bb. Maybe next weekend.

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#37 11 months ago

Great work all around, mrm_4! Mata Hari is my next restoration too. It’ll be my first cab repaint (I’ve done 2 with vinyl decals, but that’s a whole different game).

#38 11 months ago

Thank you! This is taking way longer than I thought mostly because of the cabinet. I tried painting a few weeks ago and it’s just too cold still. Paint does weird stuff when it’s only in the 30s and doesn’t set right. So I’m forced to wait it out.
The playfield is almost done with the clear and looks so good. I have a few pics of progress but I want to wait to get it back before I show that off.
I also just got all new plastic for the pop bumpers.
New legs, new lockdown bar, new side rails and tons of other things. I’m just stuck in the cabinet phase...

#39 11 months ago

Just noticed these reproduction stickers don’t have the black outline...
Still looks pretty good though.

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#40 11 months ago

Labeled everything for the playfield swap. Got the drop target banks ready to go (blue before/red after) and assembled all the pop bumpers. Even soldered resistors to the sockets so the LEDs don’t flicker in the 1000 point controlled pops.

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#41 11 months ago

Did the red stencil for the backbox this weekend. Went way to easy. Very happy with pinball pimp!

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#42 11 months ago

Finished painting and clear coating the rails. Got the guides back on too.

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#43 11 months ago

Smartened up and built a Dexter Morgan murder room to paint in the garage. Priming the cabinet.

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#44 10 months ago

Great restoration.

Would you mind telling us the reference of the paints you use for the Red and Yellow on the cabinet and lightbox?

Thanks
Yves

#45 10 months ago

Thanks!
Yep, using Rustoleum 2x. Still going at it. Learning a lot about this paint. Check this thread out too.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/help-major-recurring-problem-with-rustoleum-2x

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#46 10 months ago

While I’m waiting for the cabinet primer to cure so I can paint the yellow, I’ve been painting a few other things...
Probably going over board. But at least I’ll have the sexiest prop rod in the community of this hobby.

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#47 10 months ago

Another piece finished. Such a sexy coin box, that only I’ll know exists when people play it haha

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#48 10 months ago

Finally able to paint the backbox. Right side done. Turned out pretty nice. I’ll finish the left side hopefully Wednesday and start putting it back together.

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#49 10 months ago

Wow. Looking great!!!

#50 10 months ago
Quoted from lurch:

Wow. Looking great!!!

Thanks. It’s getting there!

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