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Need some advice

By Shark875

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

I am Just getting into fixing up my F14 Tomcat, Just replaced all the capacitors on the power supply, now moving onto the playfield, I just don't know what to do here, I have ordered all new rubbers, plastics, star posts, ect, ect, But the question is I have zero clue what to do with the playfield, it is in fairly rough shape and I have never attempted to remove mylar or even know if that's a good idea? I guess my question is, should I try to remove mylar and replace with new mylar and would that help some of the raised areas? Or should I attempt a new playfield overlay of some sorts? any experienced advise welcome please

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#3 1 year ago

There are no playfields available after doing a quick search. Buthamburg made some about three years ago but that is all I found.
Overlays are not plentiful either. So...
Clean up what you have and go with it or remove the mylar and follow Vid's guide for restoring the playfield. I would go with the former. Playfields with the polka-dot shading are almost impossible to repair but other areas can be repaired.

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#4 1 year ago

Clean it, wax it, play it, have fun.

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from RCA1:

Clean it, wax it, play it, have fun.

This 100%. That playfield is in fine shape. Clean it, wax it, play it is the way to go for sure, anything else is make bust work imo.

#6 1 year ago

It'll probably clean up alright. I'd get it playing well first and see what drives you nuts and figure out how to take care of that. I highly recommend not removing the mylar. I've done sections on games and it is a huge pain.

#7 1 year ago

I think you just have to ask yourself what your expectations for that playfield are. If you're looking for a 'perfect' playfield you're not going to get that with what you got there without a TON of work not many people are capable of.

One option is to install a hardtop. It's still a lot of work, but yields great results.
http://www.outsideedgeproducts.com/store/p75/Pinball_Playfield_Hardtop.html

Another option (and the one I'd go with) is to clean, buff, and wax what you have there, and enjoy it. For cleaning I'd use magic eraser (carefully) with naptha to get the deep down dirt and ball swirls out. Followed by a good buffing with a machine and compound on the existing mylared areas to get them shiny. Finish it up with a good coat or two of a carnuba wax.

Hope this helps

-Paul

#8 1 year ago

Personally, I would clean, wax and play on.

If it really bugs you, then Hardtop is the best and cheapest option.

#9 1 year ago

All depends what you want. Is your goal to clean it up and use it as a players game? Or are you looking for a like new restoration?

Lot of guys seem happy with hardtops for this game. But that’s a big process.

Removing Mylar is a huge pain, and in most cases damages the playfield further.

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from pokerag2:

There are no playfields available after doing a quick search. Buthamburg made some about three years ago but that is all I found.
Overlays are not plentiful either. So...
Clean up what you have and go with it or remove the mylar and follow Vid's guide for restoring the playfield. I would go with the former. Playfields with the polka-dot shading are almost impossible to repair but other areas can be repaired.

I think I just read on one of Peter’s treads that he’s going to try to do another run of F-14 by the summer. One might benefit from messaging him and getting on a wait list. I got my T2 playfield from him and would absolutely go to him for anything I might need (if he has it).

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