(Topic ID: 128826)

List of recommended restoration tools?

By jwilson

5 years ago

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  • Latest reply 5 years ago by fosaisu
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    #1 5 years ago

    I've shopped out hundreds of games in my time but I'd like to move into more advanced cleaning and restoration. Does anyone have any recommendations for tools to help equip my shop?

    I'm thinking:

    - Bandsaw
    - Grinder
    - Polisher
    - Vibrating Polisher
    - Ultrasonic cleaner
    - Airbrush
    - HVLP Sprayer


    Perhaps we can document a list of tools here to help those who want to go to that next level.

    #2 5 years ago

    You need a Festool sander to be one of the cool kids, right?

    #3 5 years ago

    Define advanced ? are you looking to do HEP stuff?

    Sandblasting cabinet
    Powdercoating setup
    Bench buffer
    bench grinder
    playfield rotisserie
    air compressor
    orbital sander with dust removal system
    spray booth
    chrome plating system
    zinc plating system

    #4 5 years ago

    Only slightly off-topic, but pinrestore.com is a great resource as far as supplies, and some niche tools (rivet presses, staple guns, etc).

    #5 5 years ago

    Q-tips and cleaner of your choice. The Q-tip is on of the best inventions ever, have to have them after a shower for my ears, and have to have them to clean the back of inserts.

    #6 5 years ago

    Quick clamps & pipe clamps. Adjustable saw horses. Quality shop lighting.

    #7 5 years ago

    Brian kelly or Christopher Hutchins

    #8 5 years ago

    Dremmel tool and brass wire wheels for cleanin contacts....etc...

    #9 5 years ago

    Aside from what has been mentioned, a dremel tool, different grades of sandpaper, long and short screwdrivers, and a magnetic dish.

    #10 5 years ago


    2 weeks later
    #11 5 years ago

    Bench grinder/wire wheel is a must for me...

    #12 5 years ago

    Here's a win/win idea for you and your spouse/GF.
    Grab a bernzomatic butane micro-torch for flame polishing your ramps, (and for heating up tools, when you need to poke a hole in plastic)
    My GF was thrilled when I said I'd be buying one to make a chocolate creme brulee with her.
    Win/Win - tasty outcome, and we cooked together. Good stuff.


    3 months later
    #13 5 years ago
    Quoted from Skins:

    pipe clamps

    I know people use "long" pipe clamps for the length of the cabinet and "short" for the width, but what lengths of pipe would you recommend getting? (I'll likely be starting with a B/W widebody, but would like to end up with a set that'll work for pretty much any pinball cabinet). Thanks!

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