(Topic ID: 206771)

My Booz Barometer Restoration


By rogerdodger

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    Hi Guys:

    Just wanted to share my Booz Barometer restoration with everyone.

    I did not like the original maroon color, so I had the cabinet powder coated a deep blue, inside and out.

    Next, I had the 'bent rod' and handle ring nickel plated to a brilliant chrome-like shine.

    The coin entry plate was in very good condition, so I just had that polished to a brilliant shine.

    Next, my wife restored the wooden base to like new.

    Finally, after almost 11 hours of photoshopping the original (damaged) art, I had good artwork to take to the printer for new decals. Yes, 11 hours!!!

    I decided that I didn't like the original art for the '5¢', 'start' and 'warning/how to play', so I changed those slightly and had them made in white, which really stands out on the blue background.

    The picture does no justice to the actual item. It looks amazing!!

    Sorry the pic is blurred.

    Roger

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    #2 1 year ago

    Nice work. I actually like the maroon color, so I’ve left mine with the vintage worn look.

    Is the base the original one?

    #3 1 year ago
    Quoted from djblouw:

    Nice work. I actually like the maroon color, so I’ve left mine with the vintage worn look.
    Is the base the original one?

    Yes, original base, refinished.

    #4 1 year ago
    Quoted from rogerdodger:

    Yes, original base, refinished.

    Wow. That’s great.

    The plated bent rod looks amazing.

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from rogerdodger:

    Yes, original base, refinished.

    I'm pretty sure the original base is 3/4" thick material. I've seen some stained wood; however, most seem to be wood covered with that nice fake wood vinyl/fabric/sticker material and it is always peeling off. Mine was in really bad shape, so I just replaced it with some 3/4" mahogany I had. Like djb...I've kept mine original. It's can be a tough call on things like these.

    #6 1 year ago

    Don’t think I could do that sober based on the size of that loop on the handle

    #7 1 year ago

    Beautiful!
    I made a deal to buy a in restored one a few months ago for $100 And sent PayPal for it. An hour later the seller refunded my money and said that he dropped it packing it to ship and the metal got bent badly and refused to respond to me emails after that. Guessing he got more money offered and sold to them.

    Any chance you would share the restored artwork? Thinking about just scratch building my own and the art would help push me to actually do it.

    #8 1 year ago
    Quoted from Scar:

    Beautiful!
    I made a deal to buy a in restored one a few months ago for $100 And sent PayPal for it. An hour later the seller refunded my money and said that he dropped it packing it to ship and the metal got bent badly and refused to respond to me emails after that. Guessing he got more money offered and sold to them.
    Any chance you would share the restored artwork? Thinking about just scratch building my own and the art would help push me to actually do it.

    Yes sounds like they pulled an "auction" on you. Decent ones on eBay are way more than $100.

    #9 1 year ago

    Left mine original , still smells like booze

    Never able to get to the end
    However my friend does this without problem
    And back !!

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from Travish:

    Yes sounds like they pulled an "auction" on you. Decent ones on eBay are way more than $100.

    This... you can't get a complete project for $100. My guess, guy posts in the wrong place with a bad description so no one finds it. Does a bit of research and discovers he is giving it away.

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from Scar:

    Any chance you would share the restored artwork? Thinking about just scratch building my own and the art would help push me to actually do it.

    I believe at one point you were able to find a reproduction sticker. I seem to remember someone here on Pinside did make one from scratch. You may want to do a search to see if you can find that thread.

    #12 1 year ago

    Ok Not the place to post this (sorry) but that looks Awsome and I would Love to include a game like that to my small collection. If anyone has one for sale please consider sending me a PM. @rogwrdodger Amazing work!!

    #13 1 year ago
    Quoted from Oldgoat:

    I believe at one point you were able to find a reproduction sticker. I seem to remember someone here on Pinside did make one from scratch. You may want to do a search to see if you can find that thread.

    I saw a sticker set on ebay for $150.

    #14 1 year ago
    Quoted from MustangPaul:

    I saw a sticker set on ebay for $150.

    I just looked at that and saw that 12 people are watching it. Whenever I see something outrageously priced like this, I wonder if the people watching it are 1) interested in buying 2) have one hoarded and seeing if they can sell it for that or 3) looking to see if it sells and, if so, reproduce their own sets to sell. Hard to believe there could be 12 people who are interested in it at this price

    #15 1 year ago

    As it happens I have a perfect spare set of all the decals, that I would sell.

    I paid the print shop $150 to produce the two sets, so if anyone would like to split the cost with me, they can have my second set for $75, plus $8 shipping.

    This is a great deal, especially taking into account the almost 11 hours spent on photoshopping. Yes, 11 hours. No, I'm not kidding!

    #16 1 year ago

    Thanks for all the nice words, guys. I really appreciate it.

    #17 1 year ago

    Wow! I just looked at completed (sold) auctions on E-Bay.

    It seems half decent Booz Barometers are increasing in price rapidly!

    1 year later
    #18 75 days ago

    Any suggestions on refurbishing the metal rod without nickel plating it? Sand it? Brasso?

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