For some background last year I completed a full restoration on a Gottleib Cross Town. I took more than a year and I'm happy with the results, but it was brutal. The time and energy involved was more than I anticipated. I love the machine. It looks and plays like brand new.
Last fall I picked up a 77 Jacks Open with the intention of keeping it as a player. I like the game, but the cupped inserts are a huge distraction. I decided to do a minor restoration by filling the inserts and clearing the playfield. That sounded great at the time, but now that I've started I want more without going overboard. I'm not able to match colors so I'm deciding between painting complete areas using a brush and a color that is close or going full bore with frisket and an airbrush. The last option is probably better, but I don't have the stomach for another project that will take over a year to complete. If I decide to go with the brush method will the brush marks stick out like a sore thumb after I clear coat? Here are a couple of pictures of the playfield. I've touched up the key lines and overfilled (bad me) the inserts.