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One Nasty Playfield, How did wear get there?


By tomdrum

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

Pulled a Bally Strikes & Spares project from storage to restore it. I've had my share of these early Bally's and this is my 3rd of this title. I can't figure out how a playfield get wear under the outlane wire guides. That's just impossible. This is one nasty azz PF. It has the wear one would expect from a heavily played game on the middle rollovers. Yet all the unusual wear on the outlanes has been covered with mylar. All I can think it had full mylar that was removed and ink came up. But the wear spots are deeply indented down, you can feel the depression under the mylar. Plus from the looks of it, nothing was ever removed from the PF.

It's going to be a moot point since I am looking for a replacement PF, but has anyone seen this type of wear?

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#2 1 year ago

I’ve seen worse but assume you are just going to use it for the parts to swap in a NOS one?

#3 1 year ago
Quoted from Flipperfun:

I’ve seen worse but assume you are just going to use it for the parts to swap in a NOS one?

Yes. But how does a PF wear where a ball can't touch?

#4 1 year ago

It probably started to wear in a spot that the ball could touch it and over many years of the different heat and humidity changes it might have flaked off making it look even worse. I know that sometimes when you try to clean those older playfields it will flake off a well and people don't know when to quit.

John

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

It probably started to wear in a spot that the ball could touch it and over many years of the different heat and humidity changes it might have flaked off making it look even worse. I know that sometimes when you try to clean those older playfields it will flake off a well and people don't know when to quit.
John

Yep, I agree John. But look at the wire guides for the outlane ball returns. There is wear under those wire guides that doesn't come close to other wear plus without removing the guide you couldn't aggressively clean that. Plus these spots are deep wear, not flaking. Without the mylar you could catch a fingernail on it. Then mylar was stuck over the mess.

Again a moot point as I'm going to replace this mess with another PF but damn.

Anyone have a better condition PF to sell? NOS, CPR or decent used? (Already have a wanted ad running).

#6 1 year ago

The playfield blank could have been chemically contaminated before it was printed causing the ink to adhere poorly.

I recently restored a firepower playfield that had a 4” wide band of flaking ink from underneath the apron to the top of the playfield.

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