I'm working away on my first pinball cleaning on a 1969 Gottlieb Wild Wild West EM and had a few questions I'm hoping I can get help with:
Are the playfield nails and wire guides supposed to be removed for cleaning and waxing the playfield? If so how?
Removing the pop-bumpers requires desoldering, correct? Are they supposed to be removed for cleaning and waxing the PF?
Is mild dish soap in warm water the best way to clean all the white playfield posts? Or simple green?
Did the vari-targets have decals/stickers originally?
Has anyone printed decals/stickers for the top apron? I was thinking of adding some western art onto the original white upper apron.
In the interest of keeping the new ball from getting worn and in turn damaging the playfield, should I smooth (photo to follow) the upper arched metal launch rail plate (or whatever its proper name is) or buy a new one to replace it with?
I'm replacing all the bulbs with #47s (is there a trick to changing the under-playfield ones more easily?) but otherwise on the electrical end should I:
1. replace the plug and cord with a modern one?
2. is it practical, recommended, or easy to add a ground?
3. hook up to hi-tap? (there is a card that says not to)
4. upgrade the flipper coils? (the originals seem to be working fine).
5. anything else typically added to older EM electrics?
6. I don't really like the glare from LEDS but if someone has some strong recommendations about using LEDS conservatively on an EM, which spots would benefit the most?
I'll keep reading the forum about coating the backglass and redoing the stencils on the cab and head but
any advice is certainly welcomed.