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Playfield conversion to coffee Table - help - hints?

By pinnaf

6 years ago

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    #1 6 years ago

    just completed full tear down of populated HEAVY METAL MELTDOWN playfield I picked up... my purpose in the purchase is to convert the playfield into a coffee table.

    Has there been any other discussion in the pinside forum of this, what people did, used, helpful hints etc etc etc.. maybe just link me up? or ideas


    -- I have never clear coated a playfield , but know folks do it... I just never had the gumption or time to get that into a restoration. but now that I have this playfield out and its down to all just wood- what should I do to put a nice shine onto it. I know there are flaws and wear on the playfield and that's okay, but want to just give it some shine. basically the short list.

    1. do this stuff in this order - and the name of what you use to do the clear (automotive stuff? but need brand name or where you get it
    2. remove mylar?
    3. what other prep ... remember I am not doing touchup or trying to restore this to new status.

    Pix to follow later and will hopefully be able to keep updating my progress, but it will be a slow drawn out procedure as its a "when times available job"

    I love the game, have one in nice shape, and well, waited for someone to break down a game parting it out and got lucky.. The intial "wait" is over.. now the fun!

    thanks for any ideas - suggestions - other pix from what others did, anything!


    #2 6 years ago

    Well I found this on the web and like it. But it is populated..Using the legs for legs is nice.


    #3 6 years ago

    Sounds like way too much effort for a coffee table. No point in removing mylar or clearing it if you aren't going to do any touch ups. Besides, if you ever decide to sell it and someone DOES want to restore it, they won't want the burden of removing layers of clear first. Just clean it and use it as is. Are you going to repopulate it for the coffee table?

    #4 6 years ago

    that's a great job by the person that made the table (in the photo).... however to me it looks too much like , well, I want to actually play it....

    thanks for the opinion dothedoo... I am still in the creation - idea - thinkin phase.. I don't plan on repopulating it.. I want the playfield for the art alone.

    I think with the "clear coat" idea I think really what I am trying to do or say I want to do is put some shine to it... I have no thought of worrying about someone maybe going to rehabit it for a game at some point.. at best after I do what I do it will be WALL ART if someone hacks the table.

    these opinions are appreciated and exactly what I want to hear! THANKS and merry Christmas!

    #5 6 years ago

    If you want to get rid of all the game specific parts i would love to have them.

    Lmk pls

    #6 6 years ago

    may part with some, I have to determine what I want to keep and what I will post up or offer up. after holidays will go thru it all


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    #9 6 years ago

    This one is mine. It needs to live on as a piece of art.

    janesville.craigslist.org link

    #10 6 years ago

    I am doing this to a Slick Chick table, although am still in the "accumulating parts mode" as I want it to resemble as close as possible to "playable" even though it's a table - no need to remove the mylar, mylar will shine up nicely with the use of a car headlight abrasive or similar, followed by a nice waxing.

    #11 6 years ago

    I have for sale this nice coffee table with a KISS playfield mounted on it.



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