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Let’s see your most dramatic before/after pics

By John_in_NC

50 days ago


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#1 50 days ago

I’ve brought a couple of basket cases back from the brink. Hard to say which one was the most transformative.

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#2 50 days ago

When doing before/after photos, you have to use the same angle and distance from the object for both the before and after. The very first photo is a good Before photo; take an After photo of that same spot.

#3 50 days ago

Nice work! I always enjoy seeing restorations like these. Kudos for saving some pins that many would think are too far gone to save.

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#4 50 days ago

Here’s a Stars I recently rebuilt.

The core game had been used as a prop in the Netflix show Cowboy Bebop.

It had red paint (painted over white stickers), and no backglass.

Many hours of work later, it came up ok.

Just looking for a mint lock down bar to finish it off. If you’ve got one, let me know!

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#5 50 days ago
Quoted from Flipper_McGavin:

When doing before/after photos, you have to use the same angle and distance from the object for both the before and after. The very first photo is a good Before photo; take an After photo of that same spot.

I rarely take pictures before, I should.

Better?

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#6 50 days ago

As far as a playfield restoration, my 3 Coins was probably the most dramatic turnaround.

Way too much time cleaning and repainting by hand. Then the flattening of seriously warped plastics, clearcoating etc...

According to the Indiana farmer I bought it from, it had been sitting idle in his basement for 30 years or so.

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#7 50 days ago

I find cabinet restorations make the biggest impact but playfield restoration to the OCD detail oriented is quite satisfying. Flipper Clown is the 1st one I attempted a repaint on. I repainted about 75% of this one. I got it as a literal basket case in pieces and boxes as an unfinished project another guy lost steam doing.

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#8 50 days ago

Great idea for a thread.

There are some incredibly talented people in this hobby.

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#9 50 days ago

I have way too many to list or show but one of my favorites is this woodrail.
Painting colors,/stenciling etc all that stuff is easy but on this one there was so much natural wood to try and salvage or refresh and I did the entire cabinet manually with no stencils.

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#10 50 days ago

Ok, I’ll be the sucker that follows HEP. Amateurish by comparison, but here are some pics of my Stern Freefall. The first pic was taken after the playfield was scrubbed with simple green. Didn’t even make a dent! The pop bumper mylar shows what it should look like. Magic eraser did a great job cleaning it up, and the clear really made it pop.
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#11 50 days ago

just cleaned no wax or clear

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#12 49 days ago

Just finished this one.

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#13 49 days ago

Bally star trek.

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#14 49 days ago

This mech board was fun…

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#15 49 days ago

I don't come close to you guys on touchups, but I'm getting better! Sometimes it's the little things.

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#16 49 days ago

Beautiful work guys!

#17 49 days ago

1948 Gottlieb Jack N Jill. Supposedly originally owned by a set decorator on the film Psycho.
Trivia: What is the name of the lady in the green outfit to the left of Jill?
You can cheat by watching my video on the game.

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#18 49 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

This mech board was fun…
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This is an area where my confidence has grown (at least on Gottliebs) that I don’t hesitate to tear the mechanics down to the screw and spring level. I hate working on dirty machines. I used to try and get a game 90+% working before tearing into it. Now I don’t bother, I catch 99% of issues through the restoration process as you are forced to look at every contact, wire, plug, stepper and adjustment. Last game I did was fast draw, a complete rust bucket with every stepper seized. When I fired it up it worked immediately save a performance tweak or three.

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#19 49 days ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

This is an area where my confidence has grown (at least on Gottliebs) that I don’t hesitate to tear the mechanics down to the screw and spring level. I hate working on dirty machines. I used to try and get a game 90+% working before tearing into it. Now I don’t bother, I catch 99% of issues through the restoration process as you are forced to look at every contact, wire, plug, stepper and adjustment. Last game I did was fast draw, a complete rust bucket with every stepper seized. When I fired it up it worked immediately save a performance tweak or three.
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Yikes, what a difference. That filthy stepper unit would have would have definitely intimidated me. Great job.

#20 49 days ago

Thank you for starting this thread, and thank you everyone for your posts. This is what makes Pinside great. Sure, there are lots of other things to discuss, some non-pinball stuff is cool. But this kind of stuff is the best.

I especially like the close-up shots with before and after taken of the same area, like the Santa from sataneatscheese. (Side note, poor Santa's eyes had to have been torn out that way on purpose, that's not ball wear LOL. What sick bastard tears out Santa's eyes??)

But, I also completely appreciate and enjoy all of the pictures, including playfields, mechs, coin doors, you name it. It is so cool to see the before and after, and marvel at the talents. Those that preface their pics with "I'm not that great" or "I'm no HEP" are usually being far too modest, your work is great. It's enjoyable to look at, and an inspiration to those of us that want to make it to that level.

TL;DR - keep them coming!

#21 49 days ago
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#22 49 days ago
Quoted from pinzrfun:

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But but… where did Mickey move to? He looked so cozy.

#23 49 days ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

But but… where did Mickey move to? He looked so cozy.

He and the rest of the family were gently relocated............

#24 49 days ago

Jackbot lift ramp. Hand-made blue flaps and clear plastic parts. The front edge of the original was actually whittled down to allow the ball up on the ramp.

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#25 49 days ago

Another good time…

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#26 49 days ago

Can't find any good ones for some reason, how about a shined up score motor?

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#27 49 days ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

This is an area where my confidence has grown (at least on Gottliebs) that I don’t hesitate to tear the mechanics down to the screw and spring level. I hate working on dirty machines. I used to try and get a game 90+% working before tearing into it. Now I don’t bother, I catch 99% of issues through the restoration process as you are forced to look at every contact, wire, plug, stepper and adjustment. Last game I did was fast draw, a complete rust bucket with every stepper seized. When I fired it up it worked immediately save a performance tweak or three.
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I have the same approach. Wasn’t sure how many before and after pics were acceptable so I just did the high level. That mech board was for Strato Flite. I’m about to do it all over again for a Space Mission.
Lot of nasty water gets dumped out of the ultrasonic and my poor tumbler gets a workout.

#28 49 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

I have the same approach. Wasn’t sure how many before and after pics were acceptable so I just did the high level. That mech board was for Strato Flite. I’m about to do it all over again for a Space Mission.
Lot of nasty water gets dumped out of the ultrasonic and my poor tumbler gets a workout.

That's my approach too. When you do a total restoration you'll probably catch almost everything. Not an approach for someone just getting started but when you've been at it awhile it works.

I'll find pictures of the Royal Guard I restored. There were so many screws and nails in the cab, when I took them all out, it literally fell apart. That was fun. And that was when I was just getting started restoring games.

#29 49 days ago
Quoted from mrm_4:

This mech board was fun…
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There is nothing quite like a 70s Bally or Williams mech board. It had to have been their goal to stuff as many relays and steppers on there as possible.

The only thing worse is the underside of the Grand Prix playfield

#30 49 days ago

What once was a TeamOne is now a Wizard

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#31 49 days ago

Or how about Niight Rider to Evel Knievel?

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#32 49 days ago
Quoted from pinhead52:

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Best one yet!

#33 49 days ago
Quoted from pinhead52:

Or how about Niight Rider to Evel Knievel?
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Nice now that’s dramatic. Seems the light box might not align to the backglass exactly or is it like EK as well?

#34 49 days ago

I always find threads like this inspiring, and refreshingly positive. Great topic idea.

I've pulled off a few transformations, but this one might be the most dramatic:

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Yes, in the side-by-side the scoring text was still roughly freehanded in for practice & experimenation, but it was properly fixed before going back into the cabinet.
And that purple color was such an enigma: kept photographing more "blue" until put in the cab in comparison with the BG, and then suddenly it was a perfect match.

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#35 49 days ago

Offered to fix a friends playfield before I actually set eyes on it. Ooof! Big mistake.

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#36 49 days ago
Quoted from goingincirclez:

I always find threads like this inspiring, and refreshingly positive. Great topic idea.
I've pulled off a few transformations, but this one might be the most dramatic:
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Yes, in the side-by-side the scoring text was still roughly freehanded in for practice & experimenation, but it was properly fixed before going back into the cabinet.
And that purple color was such an enigma: kept photographing more "blue" until put in the cab in comparison with the BG, and then suddenly it was a perfect match.

Nice job! Great color matching. I lied earlier saying flipper clown was my first attempt at major playfield touch ups. My very first attempt at a full restore was El Dorado. I think I actually did a fairly decent job on the playfield including replacing badly cupped inserts with new ones with home made water slide decal “when lit” text. I was really digging it but learned a HARD lesson on clearcoating and patience. Ended up wiping the wagon wheel off the playfield trying to fix fisheye from laying the lacquer on waaaay too thick. Ended up swapping out the playfield with a wade Krause repro. That machine came out like new but man, THAT was a hard rookie mistake to take.

Playfield swaps are cheating in this thread but thought I’d share my goof in hopes someone learns the easy way.

As a side note I have an extra El Dorado playfield from Wade’s second run (1st quality) I doubt I’ll use. If anyone needs, LMK. Open to trades, whatever. I’m on his list for any future runs and like to support his projects so I’ll buy one or two of them.

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#37 49 days ago

This is one I posted on Pinside before but it’s the resto I’m most proud of. This Domino was on its way to the dump when I found it.

Missing is the repro backglass I ended up adding to it before selling it.

Alberto

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#38 49 days ago
Quoted from Peruman:

This is one I posted on Pinside before but it’s the resto I’m most proud of. This Domino was on its way to the dump when I found it.
Missing is the repro backglass I ended up adding to it before selling it.
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I have an Egg Head that was going to be a parts game because the playfield was trash. One NOS playfield later it will get restored.

Nice work

#39 49 days ago
Quoted from boilerman:

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Dirt, the great protector.

#40 48 days ago

Harlem restore I finished just a few months ago.
Inspired by rotordave’s work on his EK
Story at the link

https://thepinballloft.com/2021/08/08/handsome-harlem/

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#41 48 days ago

My FG cabinet before and after. Thanks WeatherbyMAG!

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#42 48 days ago

Before & After:

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#43 48 days ago

The paint job on the cabinet was beautiful, but it had to go!

#44 48 days ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

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i was waiting for you to post that one. i chuckle every time i see it. they must of been a couple of old ladies that painted that one!

#45 48 days ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

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That's really rather lovely. Looks like it belongs on a Zaccaria cabinet.

#46 48 days ago

Before and after

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#47 48 days ago

Hit N Run playfield that had been heavily soiled and kickouts slathered with JB Weld... actually a very fun under-the-radar game.

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#48 48 days ago
Quoted from jibmums:

That's really rather lovely. Looks like it belongs on a Zaccaria cabinet.

Yeah. People say that pinball machines can be art, and that "old lady repaint" was far more intricate with evident skilled craftsmanship and artistic flair than any other period pin / factory paint job. I mean that original scheme is mere unskilled clipart by comparison.

Shame that old lady cab couldn't have found an appreciative soul willing to retheme a lost pf to match. Like you say, as if Zaccaria made The Munsters or something. I mean I get the appeal of "restoring" pins but in this case I truly feel a legitimate alternate artwork was lost there. Could have found another woodrail cab for the same factory pf and backglass effort, etc.

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#49 48 days ago

Done with the help of a Friend.

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