(Topic ID: 185305)

NIB setup and preventative maintenance questions:

By Zennmaster

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

Hi all!

It's a funny story, the short version being it was a VERY good year at work last year, and it's been a VERY good year for pins that I'm willing to spend my profit sharing on. The crux is that I currently have deposits down on 2 NIB pins: Alien and AFMr.

So far, my collection is a single EM that I haven't had for long. I would like to own both of these new guys for a VERY long time, and am very much interested in keeping them in the best possible shape for as long as possible. Since I have the opportunity to do it right from the very start, I am hoping for some input from the experts here about:

How to get them set up properly on day one?

What kinds of protection, both in terms of physical products and maintenance routines/practices will keep them looking and playing great for the long haul?

These will be HUO, so I don't necessarily need to keep everything in a single toolbox, and I won't be in a huge hurry.

Sorry for being so newbish. I did spend quite a bit of time searching, and couldn't find anything specific to "preserving" new games, although I will happily accept flames if I managed to look right at the information and not see it.

Thanks!

-Michael

#2 4 years ago

For HUO just change your balls every 300 games or so and clean with Novus 1 and wax when you start to see ball trails. You can also install cliffy's for scoops and other high impact areas like the shooter lane. Aside from that, if you notice any errors check the connections under the PF and tweak/replace any deadbeat switches. Definitely invest in a soldering iron, multimeter, and some magnetic screw/nut driver tools... and pick up some common fuses and diodes. Great choices, enjoy! You'll learn as you go, trust me

#3 4 years ago

When I unbox a new game. I like to set it up. Go over under playfield and backbox, check for anything loose. Parts, connectors etc.

Then clean the easy reach areas of the playfield. A couple coats of a good carnauba wax. Clean the balls and put in the game. Then get it in position and level it and set playfield pitch.

Then plug in, turn it one, and let it rip.

As you play it and learn the game, you may want to customize adjustments and settings.

LTG : )

#4 4 years ago
Quoted from LTG:

When I unbox a new game. I like to set it up. Go over under playfield and backbox, check for anything loose. Parts, connectors etc.
Then clean the easy reach areas of the playfield. A couple coats of a good carnauba wax. Clean the balls and put in the game. Then get it in position and level it and set playfield pitch.
Then plug in, turn it one, and let it rip.
As you play it and learn the game, you may want to customize adjustments and settings.
LTG : )

Do you ever strip the whole playfield to wax?

#5 4 years ago
Quoted from KozMckPinball:

Do you ever strip the whole playfield to wax?

On a NIB game no. Eventually, yes.

LTG : )

#6 4 years ago

Cliffy protectors, wax playfield, add mods. Mylar suspect areas, check balls. Play

#7 4 years ago

Awesome, thanks everyone!

#8 4 years ago
Quoted from LTG:

Go over under playfield and backbox, check for anything loose. Parts, connectors etc.

This is very important. Stuff gets loose during shipping, may be missed during assembly, etc. Also check for any wiring that may get bound or pulled funny under the playfield.

When I get a new game (or new to me), I always replace the pinballs with brand new ones. This is almost a requirement if you buy a new Stern game.

#9 4 years ago
Quoted from jfh:

When I get a new game (or new to me), I always replace the pinballs with brand new ones. This is almost a requirement if you buy a new Stern game.

This seems to me like the best "bang for the buck" for keeping a playfield looking new. I figure I'll keep a tube of balls in each coin box, so there always handy and I'll know when it's time to resupply. I sure can't see balking at dropping six bucks to keep my $8K investment looking and playing fresh.

That and a tub of Blitz 1 Grand, and I figure I'll be good until it's time for the first cleaning.

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