EDIT 5/2/2017: HE LIVES! Played the first game on the reassembled machine yesterday - see post https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/poor-frank-this-big-hurt-is-aptly-named-what-should-i-do/page/2#post-3744998
EDIT 5/26/2016: Well looks like I'm committed now, may as well turn this into a restoration thread... changed title to reflect this.
Poor Frank! This Big Hurt is aptly named; what should I do?
Rename it to Big MRSA and be done?
Picked up two games as a package yesterday. Way I see it, the one functioning and mostly clean game was a good deal so the second was essentially free. And looks salvageable... or is it?
Obviously this game was stored in a damp area as there's trace surface rust in lots of places. But the boards are spotless and it boots (to a battery error) and seems intact enough that I'd might try getting it going. I've fixed and restored worse...!
But the brown filth on the playfield concerns me... I'm pretty sure it's mold. Ain't nobody got time for an infection.
The good news is it does not appear to have eaten into the paint or the wood.... it's surface gunk, I was able to scrape it off as a test.
The bad news is it's pretty dense stuff... I had to scrape it off. So how should I remove it, really? I don't DARE try to air blast it since #1, I'm not sure I have that kind of pressure and #2, I don't want that crap going airborne to contaminate the surroundings. I'm not sure about liquid disinfectants and scrubbing assistants since I don't want to ruin the pf any further or feed latent spores by getting things wet...
...so whats the best way to remove the mold and salvage this?
(and BTW, WTF did Gottlieb make these pfs with? Ironwood? Holy heck is this playfield heavy!)