(Topic ID: 19589)

Powder Coat, Gold plate, and Chrome Plate it all

By markmon

7 years ago

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  • Latest reply 7 years ago by markmon
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    #1 7 years ago

    I went crazy and powder coated / gold plated everything. If anyone is interested, it costs about $150 to powder coat an entire machine locally. There are several powder coat shops in almost all local areas. The gold plating is more money. I use Mike Chestnut. It's probably about $500 a machine but his work is fantastic.

    Here are some pictures:

    The LOTR is actually powder coated in this one. Still looks shiny gold:
    Shadow green, AFM red, Gold plating done by Mike Chestnut in MM:
    TZ in chrome via Mike Chestnut with chrome mirror blades from PDI. CV in Purple that matches the purple frames (which I dont have room to install), ToM in gold from Mike Chestnut
    Star trek powder coated in super shiny black. Black mirror blades

    #2 7 years ago

    You obviously take great care of your games. When you tire of SM...I am your guy to help you out!!

    #3 7 years ago

    Getaway in Red with chrome mirror blades
    Spiderman & Tron with chrome mirror blades and chrome coin door to match stock chrome package
    Finally Demoman in blue with Mike Chestnut chromed handles


    #4 7 years ago


    Who did the powder coating?

    #5 7 years ago
    Quoted from PW79:

    Who did the powder coating?

    The local outfit I use is called "Park's Metal". But you can usually find several in the local area. Williams parts powder coat very easily. Stern parts are pre-coated so have to be sand blasted / stripped first. Honestly, legs and coindoors can be painted if you want to save a few bucks. My local shop usually turns around a single set in a day.

    #6 7 years ago

    I want to get my Sterns powder coated.

    Seems I need to do some research on local companies.

    Are small batches really practical for them? Do you choose from what they have on hand or pick out colors from a supplier?

    #7 7 years ago

    A man after my own heart. Drool.


    #8 7 years ago
    Quoted from PW79:

    I want to get my Sterns powder coated.
    Seems I need to do some research on local companies.
    Are small batches really practical for them? Do you choose from what they have on hand or pick out colors from a supplier?

    You can do both. They had several colors on hand and a few they didnt have I had to order boxes of powder.

    #9 7 years ago

    They look great. I want to do my SM and BDK next

    #10 7 years ago

    Mark, you are my hero and your house is what heaven looks like..............

    #11 7 years ago

    They look awesome, especially theatre and cv! Makes me want to bite the bullet

    #12 7 years ago

    here is some of mine

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    #17 7 years ago

    Scared stiff in green was an interesting choice. Looks better than I thought that way
    And I like White Water in white. Would look even better with the snowy mountains to match

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    #22 7 years ago

    Tatman, the blue you used on your star trek would be good for your batman.

    #23 7 years ago

    Both of you....that's just spectacular!

    #24 7 years ago

    Hey tatman, is that the STTNG for sale at GAP. Markmon and tatman - gorgeous collections. I would never need to leave home again.

    #25 7 years ago

    I'm blown away by how nice both of ya'lls collections are and how well maintained they both obviously are! Very nice!

    #26 7 years ago

    Wombat yes that is the one GAP has for sale. It is nice with clear coated playfield.

    #28 7 years ago

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!incredible!! i d like to see more picture of your lotr...just for dreamin. thank you.

    #29 7 years ago

    Nice looking machines. I was planning on doing a black STTNG just wasnt sure what it would look like and based on your pics I am moving forward and going to do it.

    #30 7 years ago

    I am doing a black TZ now. I am going to install them this week.

    #31 7 years ago

    Is that really gold, or is it brass?

    Not my taste, but I can appreciate the time and money you've put into doing it all

    #32 7 years ago

    I think it's cool! Sets your collection apart from everyone else's.

    #33 7 years ago

    I'm cheap, so I've painted a couple of my machines lockdown bars and side rails.

    I use Rustoleum "Hammered Paint"; it's getting difficult to get some colors now though.

    There is also Masterchem Hammered Aerosol Spray Paint, which I haven't used...but will probably try next time as it looks like more colors are readily available.

    I clean the areas that need it, and paint. The hammered texture covers a magnitude of sins, and is easily touched up as need be.

    I repaint dented side rails right on the machine...just bondo the dents, and paint.

    The powder coating looks great, but too expensive for me.


    #34 7 years ago

    johnwart: it's brass as you say.

    Robert: I tried paint but it gets easily scratched from things like wedding rings. The powder is not that expensive ($150 a machine for everythjng). If you can afford a pinball that you consider worth the effort then may as well go all out on it

    #35 7 years ago

    I like your DM with the custom translite and LED pattern. Nice!

    #36 7 years ago

    Here's my "brass" game:

    Nothing says bling like brass plated nylon lock nuts

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    #37 7 years ago

    That is way over board with the powder coat. I LUV IT! I'm gonna do my Congo green and Diner red after seeing those. Already did BSD chrome and LOTR brass.
    Thanks for sharing those pics guys

    #38 7 years ago

    It is a good kind of crazy Markmon.

    I think your HS2 turned out great. It really pops. STTNG coin door is not my thing.

    I have never seen anyone care for games to the extent Markmon does.

    I notice DM is in the sweet spot send me a mail with info.

    I might have my GF get a coulpe machines powder coated for my Bday as well.
    (if she still needs suggestions for gifts)

    Drooling as always.

    #39 7 years ago

    Quality collections.

    #40 7 years ago

    What would be a good color for power coating my TSPP????

    #41 7 years ago

    "apu's shirt" green, of course

    #42 7 years ago
    Quoted from pzy:

    apu's shirt green, of course

    Not a bad idea, but I was also thinking Simpson skin yellow or Duff Beer Red.

    #43 7 years ago

    No offense, its pretty clear that it takes alot of time and money to have all that done, but they all look as if the Easter bunny threw up in your game room...
    TOM and LOTR look pretty sweet, but the color is just horrid on those games.
    Just a matter of personal opinion I guess, they are your games and you can do whatever you want to them.

    #44 7 years ago

    Brushed metal or black for me thanks! To each his own. They do look nice! Just not my cup of tea.

    #45 7 years ago
    Quoted from PinballMikeD:

    Here's my "brass" game:
    » YouTube video
    Nothing says bling like brass plated nylon lock nuts

    Wow.. nicest Totan i have ever seen? Great job Mike... (minus the LED's.. )

    #46 7 years ago

    I really dig the look on The Shadow and 24. This makes me want to do this with all of mine as well.

    #47 7 years ago

    This is what happens when you get bored of playing pinball.

    I like how CV looks....most are pretty gaudy, though. Green Shadow? How does that make any sense?

    #48 7 years ago

    That is one pristine collection. Love the TOM!

    #49 7 years ago
    Quoted from Rarehero:

    This is what happens when you get bored of playing pinball.
    I like how CV looks....most are pretty gaudy, though. Green Shadow? How does that make any sense?

    Matches the big green "the shadow" letters on the cabinet art

    #50 7 years ago

    Never mind, I don't feel like powercoating....

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