(Topic ID: 75842)

Meteor Restoration


By AMBoggs

5 years ago



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  • 27 posts
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  • Latest reply 5 years ago by Bakushan
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  • Meteor Stern Electronics, 1979

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#1 5 years ago

I have had this game for several years, but never did anything with it other than wax it and replace the rings. There was already a lot of wear when I got it. After doing some work on a friends machine, I felt inspired to work on this one.

After cleaning and touchups, the plan is to use automotive clear over the field. I need to replace some of the bumper housing and some broken posts. These are the faceted posts, which are not available so I'm going to buy the similar ones and do some rearranging. Eventually I'll get to the cabinet.

The field has lots of imperfections and the clear could be seen as overkill, but I want to try it on this as a test.

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Some Mylar had been put down at the missiles and taking it up brought paint with it.
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Here are my touchups. The blues were hard to match.
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Removed field.

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#2 5 years ago

Love me some Meteor!
Looks like you have some fun ahead of you. Especially when it's done!

#3 5 years ago

Having a "new" game will be nice with some different game play.

#4 5 years ago

I did mine a couple years ago and love it with the clear. It is a fun machine. Good luck to you.

#5 5 years ago

Good job on the paint touchups

#6 5 years ago

Clear is not overkill. You need some sort of clear to at least match the factory coating. Automotive clear may be overkill to purists, but it will make this game what it deserves to be.....FAS-S-S-T!!

Mine is in the restoration queue and it will get automotive clear when the time comes.

Bill

#7 5 years ago

autoclear brightens up your colors and makes them pop. Anything else will dull the colors. You can tell the difference between auto clear and varathane from across the room.

#8 5 years ago
Quoted from pinballlizard:

I did mine a couple years ago and love it with the clear. It is a fun machine. Good luck to you.

Were you able to fill in completely around the inserts?

That is one of concerns at the moment. I picked up my Spray Max today.

#9 5 years ago

Killer job on the touch ups.

#10 5 years ago

You can get the posts at PBR:
http://www.pbresource.com/posts.html#lampc

I filled the inserts with an eye dropper.

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I used brushing lacquer and sanded using 300, 500, 800, 1000,1200, 1500 and 2000.

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Next week I will be testing a UV cured resin that is used to repair windshields on a practice PF to fill inserts. Inserts are a pain.

#11 5 years ago

Wow, the screen print on your playfield is wayyyy better than mine.

Mine looks like the screen printer was drunk.

#12 5 years ago

Once you get it cleared, it will be a different game. Very fast and a lot of fun to play.

#13 5 years ago

Got the playfield clear coated yesterday in the Spray Max. Stuff is really cool, but is nasty to work with, even with goggles and a respirator, I spent very little time in the spray booth to reduce exposure. If anyone is contemplating using it, please be safe.

I really wish my playfield had better screen printing alignment. The way it was made me not replace all the rings painted on the inserts and instead tried to leave them as crescents in the way they were worn away. A compromise I am stuck with, but I'm okay with it since it was a players machine already and this was something I wanted to try anyways.

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The last pic you can see my polar pop and windows in the reflection.

I may just leave it as is and not buff it out, I haven't decided.

#14 5 years ago
Quoted from AMBoggs:

Wow, the screen print on your playfield is wayyyy better than mine.
Mine looks like the screen printer was drunk.

All of the Sterns I've worked on, the inserts don't lineup with the rings. I touched them up with paint or a decal.

#15 5 years ago
Quoted from AMBoggs:

Got the playfield clear coated yesterday in the Spray Max. Stuff is really cool, but is nasty to work with, even with goggles and a respirator, I spent very little time in the spray booth to reduce exposure. If anyone is contemplating using it, please be safe.

Which Spray Max did you use and how many coats were applied? Also how many cans did it take?

#16 5 years ago
Quoted from Superchicken:

All of the Sterns I've worked on, the inserts don't lineup with the rings. I touched them up with paint or a decal.

Hey I am fairly new at restoration and am wondering what do you mean when you say the "inserts don't line up with the rings" Are inserts the circular pieces of plastic that go over the round play field lights?

#17 5 years ago
Quoted from Superchicken:

Which Spray Max did you use and how many coats were applied? Also how many cans did it take?

Spray Max 2k glamour clear. I did probably five coats using two cans, could have used a third can. Started out with a tack coat, let that flash, and then started hitting it up with thicker and thicker coats.

Something that you have to take care of are the inserts. Since some of them were dished or not filled in with the edge of the board, it caused there to be surface tension around the insert from the clear. To get around that you just move the can closer and hit those spots so they fill in and breaks that tension The clear coat will level out and since it is going to harden, putting it on too thick isn't as big a deal as something like polyurethane. Treating the inserts beforehand is another option.

If you already have a smooth surface, two cans may be enough. I bought mine from my local paint shop for $21 a can, there are online options too.

#18 5 years ago
Quoted from Zuel:

Hey I am fairly new at restoration and am wondering what do you mean when you say the "inserts don't line up with the rings" Are inserts the circular pieces of plastic that go over the round play field lights?

Inserts are the clear plastics in the field. The rings I was referring to were from the screen print, they were not aligned at the factory.

#19 5 years ago

This game is legendary amongst us local 'back-in-the-dayers' circa early 80s at 'The Aussies' pinny arcade.

#20 5 years ago

Finally got the game back together with some new parts. After a few false starts from some bent switches, it is up and running. I need to get the pop bumper more sensitive, so it needs some adjustment. It still needs the cabinet repainted and I may do that over the summer.

Things I did:
Strip and touchup the playfield. The alignment was off so I didn't try to make it perfect.
Clear coated the playfield in Spray Max 2k. Used two cans and I wish I had used three to better sink the imperfections and inserts.
Replaced the pop bumpers.
Replaced the right slingshot arm.
Replaced some broken posts.
Replaced the rings.
Painted the coin door.

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I bought a few LEDs to try out. That will be a future project.

#21 5 years ago

Looks great. The Cointaker MINI LEDs work really well in the back box. I like them because it spreads the light out evenly, they are not too bright and they eliminate and whole bunch of heat.
http://shop.cointaker.com/category.sc;jsessionid=5F36351799519750E7D93A9947878949.m1plqscsfapp06?categoryId=119

If you want to do LEDs for the switched lamps, you'll need to get an Ultimate LED/Lamp Driver Board from Alltek. Color matching the inserts makes them look great.
http://www.allteksystems.com/products-mpu-replacements.html#lamp

I bought 3 cans of the Spray Max and will give it a try on my next PF. I'm familiar with the health risks with the catalyst and have a spay booth that I use the shoot.

#22 5 years ago

Hmmm. Nicely done. And thanks for the info.

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#23 5 years ago

Looks great! What paint did you use for the coin door?

#24 5 years ago
Quoted from woz:

Looks great! What paint did you use for the coin door?

Thanks.

I used Rustoleum Hammered Silver.

I believe there is another recipie on the boards of matching that paint color from Stern that involves spraying two hammered paints. I didn't have the second color and just went with silver and I think it came out okay.

#25 5 years ago

Thanks - I'll give that Rustoleum Hammered Silver a try when I get around to restoring my Meteor.

#26 5 years ago
Quoted from AMBoggs:

Thanks.

I used Rustoleum Hammered Silver.

I believe there is another recipie on the boards of matching that paint color from Stern that involves spraying two hammered paints. I didn't have the second color and just went with silver and I think it came out okay.

This is exactly the paint I used on my Cheetah. I bought a can at Home Depot and did the coindoor and the legs.

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