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PinRestore is Closing

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9 months ago

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    #1 9 months ago

    PinRestore will be closing before the end of this year. We are retiring!

    We are not interested in selling the business or the domain name.

    There will be no discounts and no re-stocking of items that sell out. All sales will be final.

    Thank you for your support these last 16 years.

    Scot and Debbie.

    #7 9 months ago
    Quoted from seshpilot:

    Curious, was this a full-time business for you guys?

    No, it has always been a side gig. I started it in 2005 and my wife Debbie took over the fulfillment side in 2007.


    #8 9 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Thank you for all you've done for years.
    LTG : )

    Thank YOU Lloyd for all your support and referrals! All the way back to RGP : )


    #13 9 months ago
    Quoted from rmillman:

    Just tried placing order (using two different browsers, I get a paypal error message)[quoted image]

    Whatever you were trying to order is out of stock.

    We have lost the ability to update the PinRestore website. The only way we can stop orders for things we are sold out of is to kill the PayPal button.

    Yet another reason we are retiring.


    #14 9 months ago
    Quoted from TaylorVA:

    Bummer to read, but completely understand. Thanks for being a great resource for parts.

    Thank you for your support!


    #15 9 months ago
    Quoted from ChrisHibler:

    Thanks for all of your support over the years and have a great retirement!
    Chris Hibler - CARGPB #31
    http://ChrisHiblerPinball.com/Contact ... for board repairs
    http://www.PinWiki.com - The Place to go for Pinball Repair Info

    Thanks to you as well, Chris!

    BTW, I never did qualify as a CARGPB. I was just too extravagant, I suppose


    #16 9 months ago
    Quoted from GreenMachine19:

    Great 1 stop shopping for a lot of stuff. I'm going to miss this service. Thank you for all the support over the years.

    Thanks, Doug!


    #19 9 months ago
    Quoted from Evets:

    Thank you for your products and your service. You're a part of all five pinball machines in my collection.

    "No, you honor. I've never met this guy's pinball machines before in my life! I have no idea how my DNA got into them." ; )



    #20 9 months ago
    Quoted from spandol:

    Great shop I’ve used many times. Going to miss it as a resource! Thanks you for everything to help my restorations!

    Thanks to you as well!


    #24 9 months ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Sad to see you guys go but glad you've moved on to the retirement, gig.
    Thanks for all you guys have done over the years!

    Well Bryan, we're just following you into old fartage.

    Now I'm thinking we should have gone first...

    #25 9 months ago
    Quoted from mIkea:

    Amazing service- placed an order this morning…..tracking number sent and shipping refund processed in a few hours. Gonna be sad when when U close up for good.
    Thanks Scot & Debbie!

    Thanks Mike!

    #26 9 months ago
    Quoted from beelzeboob:

    Thanks for all you've done for the hobby, Scot & Debbie! Much happiness and good health to both of you in your retirement. I just ordered ground braid. Then forgot rivets and ordered them. Then saw I paid $42 in shipping for the two shipments.
    This has NOT been a good summer...

    Randy, you should know by now that Debbie won't let you pay double shipping! ; )


    #33 9 months ago
    Quoted from BriPin:

    Just placed an order and am sad but also happy to see you both riding off to your next adventure!
    Side note: I tried to order the target foam but you're out of stock. Anybody have a line on good target replacement foam?

    Look for Frost King V443 in gray. ; )

    #34 9 months ago

    About riveting tools:

    I will continue making dies and punches until we close. That being said, I must limit each customer to one set of short dies, one set of long dies, and one rollover punch. I have some arthritis in my hands and the hours of lathe work it takes to make a batch of dies leaves me pretty sore.


    #36 9 months ago

    Stuff we have lots of:

    There are some hardware items that we buy by the case. We have lots of these items and will gladly throw in a bunch of extras when you order them.

    SEMS Screws:
    6-32 x 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4"

    8-32 x 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4"

    10-32 x 3/8", 1/2"

    Hex head screws:
    Zinc 3/8", 5/8"
    Extra long 8-32 x 3"

    Wood screw:
    8 x 1-1/2"

    Black Carriage Bolts:

    5/32", 3/16", 5/16", 3/8"

    Debbie will hook you up!


    #39 9 months ago
    Quoted from beelzeboob:

    Even though I've got your riveter and both sets of dies, now you have me thinking I need to get a rollover punch as well. Every time you post, I feel like I need to buy something else. This is fear of missing out on a whole new level...

    If you have rivet dies, the die holding punch will work as well.


    #40 9 months ago

    Thanks to all of you!

    The response has been overwhelming. We are already out of rivet dies so some orders may be delayed a week or so.

    Excuse me, I have to go cut some steel...

    #45 9 months ago
    Quoted from FlippyD:

    Just posted my final order! Thanks so much!
    I did notice the Instant Gun Blue is out of stock. Will this one work the same way? amazon.com link »
    I'm guessing it would but my trust in products from Amazon has dropped significantly.

    That stuff looks a bit janky to me. Van's has been in business for decades. I'd just get it from them:


    #47 9 months ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    Excuse me for being a noob but if I want to start riveting new faces on drop targets and repairing metal guides that have broken loose what would you recommend I get?
    I’ve been meaning to buy one from you guys for a while and it seems to be now or never!
    What’s the “restorers essentials” pack? My collection ranges from the 60s to modern

    Start with the Master Rivet Kit. With that you can hand-fit different size rivets until you get the ~1/16" protrusion needed for a good crimp.

    Then you can get by with a Rivet Rollover Punch if you are VERY careful. The first time I broke an unobtanium plastic by riveting it with a punch was when I decided to make a press.

    An upgrade from the punch is the Rivet Press. If you have access to a drill press you can probably build your own with an arbor press from Harbor Fright. The trickiest operation in making a press is drilling a 3/16" hole in the end of the press ram. I do them on my lathe with a 4 jaw chuck. On a drill press you need to use a drill press vise and a square to be sure the ram is perpendicular to the table. Perpendicular is very important because the rivet die shoulder needs to sit flush with the end of the ram. The uneven forces at play from setting rivets with the die sticking out at an angle can break the mounting peg off the die.

    If this seems excessive, I'm still building them this month and maybe next.

    An upgrade for your press would be the Extra Long Rivet Dies. These allow you to replace one of the press dies with its XL counterpart. That will get you into most tight spots like on the flange of a plastic ramp.

    Lastly, you could add a Die Holding Punch to turn your press dies into Rollover Punches for those jobs where the press just won't fit. Another add-on would be the rivets not included in the Master Rivet Kit;
    1/8" This shortest size is usually only needed on metal-to-metal rivet jobs.
    1/2" (steel) For switch stacks
    9/16" (steel) For switch stacks

    Hope That Helps,


    #48 9 months ago

    Wowie folks. Your support is overwhelming. As you know I always liked getting orders out within a day or two. Well...... I am just a tad behind so please bear with me and I will get your orders out as soon as I can. Thanks a bunch.


    #51 9 months ago
    Quoted from Aniraf:

    I recall you stocking hard to find pinball wires for basically every color combination that exists. Do you still have those? I would love to get some kind of potpourri of wires for future projects.

    You may recall that, but I don't.

    We never sold electrical wire.


    #55 9 months ago

    Here are items we are now out of. If you have already ordered them I will refund them with your shipping refunds.

    Bulb Grease, Vinyl Tubing, Beer seal – New style, Target Foam
    Side rail Tape, Van’s gun blue

    Wiha 1/8” nut driver, Utility blades, Digital multimeter
    Single edged razor blades pack of 100, IDC punch down 156, still have 100
    Pin Extractors, Open barrel crimpers, Mini pliers set
    Staples both, taps 6-32 / 8-32 / 10-32
    13 pc Hex wrench set

    Black carriage bolts 1 ½”, T Z Clock spacer, DMD Push nuts
    Sling arm washers, Lightboard hinge washers
    T-Nuts 8-32 .59, Sheet metal stainless ½”
    Self-drilling screws, Hairpin Clips, Power cords

    Right Angle LED mount, fuse holder

    Paint pens Fine (21) white, gold, black


    #56 9 months ago


    More items we are out of.

    E clips 7/16"
    Poodle Head clips
    Leg Bolt Taps
    T-nuts 8-32 .71" base
    Paint pens fine, silver and red
    Backbox lock screws

    Stay tuned. More updates as they happen.


    #57 9 months ago

    Also.... I am now out of bare wire. And just a note, we had to limit the ground braid to just one roll per customer. If you ordered more I will refund for the extra when I refund for the excess shipping.

    That's all for now, I think.


    #61 9 months ago

    Here we go again... Bear with me

    I am not out of the Rt angle LED mounts as mentioned above.

    But I am now out of the 10-32 KEP nuts.


    #63 9 months ago

    Hey everybody,
    Scot just got a batch of dies finished today so I will start shipping tomorrow for those of you who ordered dies. I ran out of some of the rivets that go into the master kit so if you also ordered a kit it will be delayed a few days until I get my rivets in. Since everyone wants a roll of ground braid we decided to order more of that and I am waiting for that to come in as well. We are still limiting to 1 roll per customer. Once I have everything for your orders I will get them out. Again, thanks a bunch for your support and for your patience.


    #65 9 months ago

    New update:

    I have over 25 orders ready to go just waiting on ground braid and/or rivets for the rivet kit. Both should be here early this week and then all of those orders will be shipped. If you also ordered a rivet press that might take a few more days as Scot needs to make each one. Again, I appreciate your patience. Believe me, I am tired of walking around 25 boxes on the floor!


    #67 9 months ago
    Quoted from John_I:

    I made one last order this week. Over the years I've really appreciated the items that you have sold. I did a lot more restorations in years past than I do now, but I figured I would stock up!!
    Thanks you so much for providing this unique selection of items and great service for all these year!!

    Thanks John! I saw your order come in. Your name is easy to remember!


    #70 9 months ago
    Quoted from finman48127:

    Any 27"x38" rolls of mylar left?

    Yes, we still have full sheets of mylar.


    #71 9 months ago
    Quoted from Acejedi:

    Thank you both for all you did over the years. Quality on everything I ever bought. Loved doing the Drill Press kit years back. Enjoy Retirement. I’m gonna go see if there’s any must have stuff before you close.
    Joe (Acejedi)

    Thanks Joe!

    We will finally be able to go on longer trips with our travel trailer.


    #72 9 months ago

    Update on more items I am now out of.
    Super lube oil, 467 MP, Ramp flap screws, Single edge razor blades, Hook and pick set, Flange nuts, PC board grommets, and white tack glides.
    Rivets came today so lots of orders going out tomorrow.
    Stay tuned for more updates as they happen.

    #78 9 months ago
    Quoted from KoolFingers:

    Seeing that I’m kicking myself for not grabbing one when I put in my order. Are they still available?

    Yup! I'd be happy to make one for you.


    #81 9 months ago
    Quoted from KoolFingers:

    Order placed, thx again Scot. You and Debbie will be sorely missed, but enjoy the retirement.

    It'll be a few days, I have to get more arbor presses in.


    1 week later
    #85 8 months ago

    Product update.
    We are now out of the following:
    Beer seal, torpedo levels, 1/4-20 set screws, e-clips 7/16 and 1/4, ignition point files, shooter washers, and polycarbonate sheets.

    Here are items I still have lots of. If you can use any of these then order 1 of the size you can use and I will reward you with lots of extras.

    SEMS screws:
    6-32 x 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4
    8-32 x 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4
    10-32 x 3/8, 1/2

    Hex head screws:
    Zinc 3/8, 5/8
    8-32 x 3"

    Wood screws:
    8 x 1 1/2

    5/32, 3/16, 5/16, 3/8

    T-nuts 10-32

    Long and short pipettes

    Tamper resistant bit sets

    Sand paper

    I would rather give these to people that can use them than end up throwing them out. I would like to be closed by November 1 so help me out if you can.

    Thanks a bunch to all who have ordered so far. I really appreciate it.


    #88 8 months ago
    Quoted from Pablito350:

    Order placed last night.
    Thank you and enjoy retirement!

    Thanks Paul!


    #89 8 months ago
    Quoted from Chosen_S:

    Rivet press ordered this evening, should have ordered one years ago, your clincher has served me well over the years.
    Thank you, enjoy life!!

    Thanks Ben!

    Your press will ship by next week.


    #95 8 months ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Sure. Why not.
    And yes, I do suck at retiring, Deb!
    Send me anything you want to get rid of, other than Scot, and I'll get rid of it for you.

    Hey now! I'm not on closeout, Okay?

    I'm currently checking into LTL freight quotes...


    #96 8 months ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    You are an asshole, Randy, but also spot on.
    Deb is currently figuring shipping on larger bags. I may have lost my mind, but what the hell.

    One question...do you have access to a forklift? Asking for a friend.


    #98 8 months ago

    How wide is your street?


    #99 8 months ago

    Bryan's bucket o PinRestore stuff has a nice ring to it. Hey Scot, is that the forklift I hear? Let's load this stuff up!


    1 week later
    #103 8 months ago

    Hey, me again!

    More stuff we are now out of:
    small tap wrench (0-1/4)
    medium flexstone files
    10-32 JAM nuts
    mini ratcheting bit sets

    Still have lots of stuff left including scalpel blades. We found another box of spools so we will continue getting ground braid as long as you all keep getting rolls of it. I also have lots of rivet kits. No limits on anything just need to see it all disappear

    I am still tossing in extras where ever possible so don't miss out on yours! It's fun getting free surprises eh?


    1 week later
    #104 7 months ago


    We are planning to close November 1st. The website will go offline.

    We still have plenty of:
    Rivet kits and riveting tools
    Ground braid (flat)
    Scalpel blades
    Screws (still giving extras on most sizes, US shipping only)

    1 week later
    #107 7 months ago
    Quoted from Teknotoyz:

    Is there any advantage to buying the larger 1 ton press over the 1/2 ton??
    I saw you mentioned both on the kit description.
    Already placed an order, glad I caught this post!!!
    Buffalo, WV

    The 1 ton will work just fine. All parts will fit.


    #110 7 months ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Have you two been drinking again?


    Both of me.


    #111 7 months ago
    Quoted from Lhyrgoif:

    I'm wondering the same. Considering buying a 1 ton press only because it has a bigger gap (theoretically allowing better accessibility when riveting) compared to the half ton variant but it weights quite a lot. If the 0.5 ton press is more than enough for riveting I might get the smaller press for less hassle moving it around.
    Any input on this?

    There is a slight increase in throat depth and height with the 1 ton. It's about 35% larger, physically, than the 1/2 ton. Even though the weight is double, the casting gets thicker everywhere so the size gain is smaller.


    1 week later
    #112 7 months ago

    We are still open and taking orders but we're coming down to the home stretch.

    If there's anything you want from Pinrestore, you'd better get it now.


    1 week later
    #114 6 months ago

    Happy Saturday everyone.

    Less than a month to go. Closing day is December 3, 2021. I still have lots of stuff left and I am loading people up with lots of extras (U.S. orders only.)
    So make my day and lets clean this #%*^ out! NO ORDERS WILL SHIP BETWEEN NOV 12 AND NOV 22.

    Thanks everyone. You are all appreciated.


    3 weeks later
    #120 6 months ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    Got a shit load of 6-32 and 8-32 bolts. I divided them up equally and gave some to a couple friends that I know do a lot of working on pins and could really use them.
    Thank you again to Debbie and Scot (I still want to know where the fuck the other t went).

    My Dad was a student of history. He said my T got thrown overboard.

    During the T party.


    #121 6 months ago

    Rollover dies are all sold out, short and long. No more die sets, rivet press kits, or rivet presses. We have a few head dies left in short and long.

    Still have Master Rivet Kits and all the rivet sizes.


    #125 5 months ago

    This is it folks. Any orders placed after midnight eastern time on Friday Dec. 3rd will be canceled and refunded. Here are items I still have a few of as well as screws, nuts and bolts.
    Mylar, sheets and rolls
    Brown tack glides
    scalpel handles and blades
    star bit sets
    stubby screwdrivers
    PC lumber and woody
    super lube grease
    rivet kits
    e clips
    IDC punchdown tool .100 (only one of those left. first one gets it.)
    powdered graphite

    Stay tuned for my final heartfelt goodbye. (sniff sniff )

    #128 5 months ago

    Good bye


    #129 5 months ago

    Well shit, that wasn't very heartfelt was it? Let me try again.

    Hey folks. The end is here and this will be my last post. Yea!!!

    A huge thank you to every one of you that supported us through the years and kept us going for so long. We couldn't have done it without you.

    A gigantic thank you to Bryan Kelly for having our backs when someone wasn't quite kind. Bryan, have your driveway cleaned out. You will be getting a BIG delivery soon.

    Unfortunately there is one person we will not thank. After placing over a $500.00 order he then put in a Paypal dispute that he didn't receive it, with no contact with us what so ever. PO shows it was delivered within 180 yards of his address. An email to us first so we could check into it would have been nice, Nick Formento. Sellers beware.

    And with that I will say....

    Toodle dee doo


    #132 5 months ago

    OK I lied. I'm back.

    Just an update that Nick withdrew his Paypal dispute today. Must have "found" his package after all so no loss on our part. I just wanted to warn our fellow sellers to be aware.

    Off to retirementville.

    Happy days are here again................


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