(Topic ID: 218168)

Official "HARDTOPS" thread

By Skypilot

1 year ago

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  • Latest reply 3 days ago by PohodaVole
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Topic poll

“If we produce a Hardtop for this game would yo purchase it?”

  • High Speed 135 votes
  • Firepower 97 votes
  • Silverball Mania 44 votes
  • Time Warp 21 votes
  • Mata Hari 41 votes
  • Blackout 80 votes
  • Tri-Zone 16 votes
  • Swords of Fury 59 votes
  • Space Station 48 votes
  • Fathom 40 votes
  • Pinbot 104 votes
  • Eight Ball Deluxe 106 votes
  • Strikes and Spares 34 votes
  • Kiss (Bally) 39 votes
  • Supersonic 29 votes
  • Grand Lizard 61 votes

(Multiple choice - 954 votes by 560 Pinsiders)

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5 key posts have been marked in this topic

Post #274 Upcoming Game List Posted by Outsidedge (1 year ago)

Post #870 Hardtop Hiatus Clarification Posted by Outsidedge (6 months ago)

Post #1086 New Website - 11/29/2019 Posted by Outsidedge (79 days ago)

Post #1142 Xenon Hardtop Available Posted by Outsidedge (47 days ago)

Post #1246 Pin*bot Hardtop Available Posted by Outsidedge (25 days ago)

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#162 1 year ago
Quoted from Pin-up:

Just ordered a Firepower hardtop today. Super excited to check this thing out and get it installed!
I just picked up a 3rd Firepower the other day from Craig's List. Major project machine that will be a great for my first try at a hardtop.

3rd Firepower?????? Jeez, I can't find a single Firepower for sale here in the southeast the last 6 months, let alone a project or 3 of them......

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#568 1 year ago
Quoted from epeabs:

I spray the clear on and watch it start to "fish eye". Completely dry, it looks like the picture of the green insert below (this was sanded prior with 400 since it is the finest I currently have in house). I just never had this issue while using the Spraymax 2K when doing my BK. I think I'm going to pick up some 2pac tomorrow and a Harbor Fright gravity gun and give it a go. Either that or order another can of Spraymax 2K.
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That picture clears things up: the cracks in the insert are what is holding whatever wax/chemical that is causing the fisheye. 2PAC will have the same issue. Since you are putting on a hardtop You need to either:

1) replace that insert and others like it
2) sand the insert until the fisheyed clearcoat is removed, then tape off the insert when you clear the rest of the playfield.

The big thing is you want the insert to look good thru the hardtop, as there is no glue for anything to adhere to on the hardtop. If you were repainting the full playfield without a hardtop then other methods would apply

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#591 1 year ago
Quoted from Spraynard:

FG hard top restore complete. Looks amazing! Now to fix a bunch of board related issues...
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Quoted from epeabs:

Looks great. My FG is not far behind you. Have to install some new clear inserts, and then it should be time. Hoping by next weekend. All my flippers, slingshots and drop targets have been rebuilt and are waiting for installation after the hardtop.

Fantastic!!! Need to get of off my duff and work on my FG.....too many other distractions!

3 months later
#763 8 months ago

When they do start making an 8BD they better stock up on supplies....

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#820 7 months ago
Quoted from cjchand:

Semi-related question: My SearchFu is failing me. Any tips on how to refinish ball guides? Since I'll be tearing stuff apart, I'd like to make it as "new" as possible.
I'd be doing it by hand, since I don't have a bench buffer.

By hand will take forever and still not look right. I'd at least get a rotary paint removal pad attachment for a drill, but a bench buffer is the right tool for this job.

#822 7 months ago
Quoted from cjchand:

Good to know, thanks! Suppose a trip to HF is in my near future.
Any advice on what type of wheel to use?

Wire wheel or abrasive wheel if you are going for the original stainless grained look, buffing wheels and rouge if you are going for a highly polished mirrored look.

3 months later
#1002 3 months ago
Quoted from wrd1972:

Okay I am prepared to use this to clear the PF. Anyone think this product is a bad idea?

Shooter lane and wood you should be fine, I'd worry about any polyurethane yellowing over time if used on inserts.

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#1089 78 days ago
Quoted from TheCapn:

Is EBD really in higher demand than SoF? Was playing my SoF last night and was telling myself, "some day...."

There were over 10K EBD made compared to under 3K SoF....

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