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Pinball machines in hot garages?

By KornFreak28

3 years ago

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    #70 3 years ago

    I lived in Bakersfield Ca for years, where it is 90-105'F+ from May to Oct.
    It is a dry heat (6" annual rainfall) so that is better than high humidity;
    My garage had finished walls and ceiling with some insulation, but it got pretty hot in there, > 90'F.
    Most of my games seem no worse for wear, when stored in the garage or my self storage units.
    I did not witness any new planking but most of the games i collect are from the 60s-80s.

    But quick changes in humid and temp can do the most damage, especially to BG paint delaminating.

    #124 3 years ago

    Well Tim Arnold in Vegas has the majority of his collection (that are not currently set up at his PHOF)
    stored in his giant shed in his backyard, and it gets dang hot there (but dry)
    and i do not think his shed is climate controlled.
    Though I believe he does store his more rare woodrail backglasses separately
    in his climate controlled house.

    #126 3 years ago
    Quoted from merccat:

    Around here our summers will see a couple weeks around 110. Garage games don't survive long. I have seen lots of backglasses where the art would just fall off in sheets.

    Again, I think the de-laminatetion of the paint off the BG,
    is due to quick sudden changes in temperature (high to low or low to high)
    as opposed to the steady hot temp itself.
    just my 2 cents
    cheers tom

    #134 3 years ago

    I would keep the game away from walls or doors (especially if not insulated) that have direct exposure to the sun.
    And when moving the game from the inside of house to out in the garage,
    do it during a period in the weather when
    the outside humidity and/or temperature is not too hot or too cold (or much different than inside temp/humidity)
    and also when it is not likely to get too hot/humid in the next few days,
    in order to give the game the best chance to acclimatize to its change in environment.

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