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(Topic ID: 252853)

Kiss pinball paint dilemma!

By Kisspinball79

1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

Hello everyone!
I’m a newbie and just purchased a kiss Bally 1979! Very excited.
My dilemma is that, I bought it knowing it was painted over in latex paint. It was obvious because the white section of the cabinet was yellow and the paint on the entire cabinet was to textured and shiny.
I did some research and decided I wanted to make it back to original. I started with denatured alcohol. Wasn’t strong enough. Then to xylene, a little stronger but wasn’t really working great. So I then got some motsenbockers lift off that everyone seems to recommend. It worked very well and I was able to remove all the latex paint of with just half a bottle.
Now, my dilemma is do I leave it as is? Or should I sand it down and use stencils to make it looking nicer. As of now the head is in great condition paint wise, maybe that’s why it was never repainted. But the cabinet is a little hurting. Not really sure what I should do. I not afraid to disassemble it even though I’ve never done a restoration before.
I purchased the stencils and paints (allis chalmers Orange, white, black etc.)
I’m not doing it for resale value, just not sure what to decide.
Any replies would be greatly appreciated.
I’ve included pictures of the before and after removal of the latex paint.
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#2 1 year ago

It doesn't matter what anybody else thinks as it is your machine and you are the one that has to look at it day after day.

Are you OK with it?

#3 1 year ago

I am and I am not.
I guess I just wanted to know what opinions others have that do their restorations.

#4 1 year ago

As ODIN says, your decision.

Personally, I think a tidy original machine is cooler than a poorly restored one.

Whereas a nicely restored one can be a work of art, if done to a high standard.

Don’t underestimate the amount of work and skill required to do it properly. KISS is a cool pin, it wants to be done nicely.

I did a thread a while back on one I did, check it out and see if it’s something you want to take on.


#5 1 year ago

That’s some awesome work! Very nice.
I see what your saying about the amount of work it takes.
Maybe a touch up restoration? (Go over the cabinet graphics)

#6 1 year ago

You just need to add more machines on each side.

I've got fully restored collector quality down to games from the 50s and 60s with original paint.

With that many, they don't all have to be perfect.

#7 1 year ago

Good point! Lol
Well did I at least do the right thing and remove the latex paint? ‍♂️

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from Kisspinball79:

Maybe a touch up restoration? (Go over the cabinet graphics)

Nope. All or nothing.

Go the whole hog or leave it as it is.


#9 1 year ago

Ok thank you for all the advice!

3 weeks later
#10 1 year ago

Hello guys,
With the help of the information on this forum I decided to restore and repaint my KISS Bally pinball I bought a month ago. So much great information on here. I think for my first pinball restore it came out pretty good! Took about 3 weeks to do. Learned a lot. I include some before and after photos!

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#11 1 year ago

Nice work!! It looks great.

#12 1 year ago

Thanks a lot! Was a fun project

#13 1 year ago

Looks great!
How did you fix the wear on the playfield? That’s not easy work.

Love the full stack next to it, too!


#14 1 year ago

I did a combination of acrylic paint touch ups and decal insert overlays. Then topped it off with a play field protector.

#15 1 year ago

I just read through this thread for the first time now. Wow! Very nice job. I bet you are glad you didn’t half ass it with a couple touch ups like you were thinking of doing in the beginning. Plus, you are officially not a newbie anymore. Congratulations on your “new” pin.

#16 1 year ago

Thanks a lot
Yeah not half assing it and doing it right was definitely the way to go. Plus doing a complete tear down of the pinball i learned a lot about the mechanics of this machine. Being my first pinball, i now feel comfortable working on my own pinball if any issues ever arise. Definitely a great learning experience!

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