Pirates Life Pinball/ Quicksilver restoration,

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Pirates Life Pinball/ Quicksilver restoration,


By Skypilot

8 months ago



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#51 6 months ago

I have made progress on the playfield today.

All the new inserts have been sanded.

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#52 6 months ago

Removal of all the old glue.

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#53 6 months ago

Inserts are dry fit. I like to check for height to make sure the inserts will lay flat after they get glued in.If they sit high I look to see if all the old adhesive is removed. If it is I will sand the insert down a bit until it sits flush.

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#54 6 months ago

Slowly all the inserts are fit and then glued into place.

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#55 6 months ago

The playfield is now ready for a base coat /clear

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#56 6 months ago

I can't explain exactly why but: Spinning that sticky mastic out of the inserts is probably my favorite part of replacing inserts! I used the same dremel bit that Vid shows in his Playfield Restoration thread. It was easy...and for some weird reason...kind of fun!

#57 6 months ago
Quoted from klr650:

I can't explain exactly why but: Spinning that sticky mastic out of the inserts is probably my favorite part of replacing inserts! I used the same dremel bit that Vid shows in his Playfield Restoration thread. It was easy...and for some weird reason...kind of fun!

The part I didn't care for was the limited time using a two part epoxy. I was carefull to be sure the inserts had ample glue around all the sides. If not , clearing the playfield will present a challenged later.

#58 6 months ago

Definitely, I should have used more epoxy instead of the multiple rounds of dripping 2PAC into the edges of the inserts. So much time wasted! Especially in the chasms around the triangular inserts! That was the biggest pain for me.
Question: Did your original triangular inserts have the misaligned 2 in the 2000 text? If so, would most customers want the new numbers straightened out or do they want to replicate the original exactly (defects and all)? I straightened mine because (with the starburst pattern) the numbers seem to be more visible than before.

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#59 6 months ago
Quoted from klr650:

Did your original triangular inserts have the misaligned 2 in the 2000 text?

Yes, they were misaligned. I will be setting them, corrected. Unless a customer specifies a game be "made original" I take a few liberties and correct certain things,

3 months later
#60 3 months ago

Sorry , I so neglected this thread.

New insertts applied with a 2 part epoxy. decals being applied

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#61 3 months ago

Applying more decals

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#62 3 months ago

Back to Canfield Pinball for final clearing.

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#63 3 months ago

Thank you for documenting the restoration. The game looks awesome.

#64 3 months ago

yum yum

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#65 23 days ago

While the playfield was out I progressed on the cabinet.

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#66 23 days ago

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#67 23 days ago

sand,repair,fill,sand

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#68 23 days ago

You know the routine...prime , fill,sand and prime again.

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#69 23 days ago

Before I started this project I did a paint match. I’m very happy with the results.

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#70 23 days ago

Nice job. Following this with lots of attention: I plan on restoring my own QS very soon...

#71 23 days ago

Awesome work!

#72 23 days ago

Following!

#73 23 days ago

So this was my first stencil job. I used Pinball Pimps stencil kit. I was very happy with the product on the head. I followed his iadvice and used the rattle can spray paint. It was an adventure making sure all the stencils came off before the paint was dry.

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#74 23 days ago

Superb work. I see that you are going out all Alltek with the boards.
It should make a big difference in the reliability of the game, for sure.

Yves

#75 22 days ago
Quoted from Arcane:

Superb work. I see that you are going out all Alltek with the boards.
It should make a big difference in the reliability of the game, for sure.
Yves

The core game was incomplete and non-working. The owner of the game supplied all the boards. He loans his games out to PaPa for tourneys and I believe this one may go the same route. New boards=better reliability.

#76 20 days ago

Base stencils applied.

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#77 20 days ago

I'm drooling. The greatest early SS (IMHO) getting the attention it so deserves!

#78 20 days ago
Quoted from Skypilot:

sand,repair,fill,sand

Is that a Star Gazer in the background?

#79 19 days ago
Quoted from terrapinmark:

Is that a Star Gazer in the background?

Star Gazer? never heard of it.

#80 19 days ago
Quoted from Skypilot:

He loans his games out to PaPa for tourneys and I believe this one may go the same route. New boards=better reliability.

Wow....putting such beauty and rarity on tourneys.... In a way, it is nice to show this beautiful machine to a lot of people (versus keeping it in a private collection), on the other hand you really have to be careful that the machine does not get destroyed by unscrupulous and deranged players.

Yves

#81 19 days ago

So one of the things to keep in mind is there were apparently several versions of the side art. My original cabinet had the art going all the way up and under the side rails. With that in mind I modified the stencils to accommodate my customers original cabinet.2018 037 (resized).JPG2018 021 (resized).JPG

#82 18 days ago

Why aren't you doing the clear yourself? Not that there is anything wrong sending it out, but you certainly seem to have the skills.

#83 18 days ago
Quoted from lb1:

Why aren't you doing the clear yourself? Not that there is anything wrong sending it out, but you certainly seem to have the skills.

I've been using Canfield Pinball @annex for years. Andy is a commercial auto guy who has the highest quality clear coat I've seen, so there is no reason for me to try it. Besides, I have my hands full just keeping up with my own Customers/Personal Projects and now Hardtops

#84 18 days ago
Quoted from Skypilot:

I've been using Canfield Pinball annex for years. Andy is a commercial auto guy who has the highest quality clear coat I've seen, so there is no reason for me to try it. Besides, I have my hands full just keeping up with my own Customers/Personal Projects and now Hardtops

Makes sense. In the interest of full disclosure, I found out the hard way that shooting clear on a playfield is not that easy. If I had a body shop nearby that could do it for me at a good price, I'd happily use them.

#85 15 days ago

Harnesses cleaned and reinstalled

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#86 13 days ago

I'm not going to lie I hate doing coindoors. This one was incomplete and went into the game still missing several pieces. I spoke with the owner and he said the game will remain in his collection and go in tournaments so he was not worried that the return is not functional.

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#87 13 days ago

Very nice! I like that colours of legs&coindoor and cabinet match so well.

#88 9 days ago

Th backbox light panel gave me several issues in painting. I'm not sure why but I had crackeling in the first two attempts.All good now though.

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#89 9 days ago

Finally back!

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#90 9 days ago

Skylab, I notice you really bring your metal brackets up to a high polish... including the bendy/corner stuff

Curious how you tackle that stuff. Tumble, buffer, and hand polishing?

#91 9 days ago
Quoted from flynnibus:

Skylab, I notice you really bring your metal brackets up to a high polish... including the bendy/corner stuff
Curious how you tackle that stuff. Tumble, buffer, and hand polishing?

I have a local plating company that does Zinc and Nickle. If the pieces are in good shape I send them down. If they are rough I will pre-sand or tumble them. Some pieces get tumbled or buffed after they come back from the plater.

#92 5 days ago

Example

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#93 5 days ago

Some assembly required.

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#94 5 days ago

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#95 4 days ago

Are these screws bathing in Evaporust?

Nice work.

Yves

#96 4 days ago
Quoted from Arcane:

Are these screws bathing in Evaporust?
Nice work.
Yves

Yes, mostly springs It keeps them dark and uniform.

#97 4 days ago

Love those plastic jet bumper rings!

#98 4 hours ago

Playfield coming together.

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#99 4 hours ago

Sterns unique pops.

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#100 4 hours ago

Great job!

This is going to play like NIB 1981

Did you have to buy any pop bumper parts? Are they available?

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