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Powder Coated Legs/Rails on Funhouse?


By JohnDelNJ

5 years ago



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#1 5 years ago

Working on my FH restore and wonder who has powder coated the legs, rails and lockdown on their FH?
What color did you or would you use? I'm thinking red but want to know what you think.
Would love to see some pictures to get some ideas.

Thanks!

#2 5 years ago

John,

I don't have a FH but I do have a 4 Million BC that I had the glass frame powder coated with a silver metalic color. This is what I have learned about chroming and powder coating:

1. Chroming has all but disappeared, at least here in SC, due to EPA rules regarding the environment.
2. When chroming is done, the part is usually sent out in a container with thousands of others to China to be chromed
3. Chinese do a lousy job of chroming! It is not a matter of IF it will chip but WHEN it will chip.
4.It takes a long time to get your parts out to China and back
5. You can find a few places in the US that do chroming but very few and they generally do large production jobs and are not interested in small projects like ours.
6. Powder coating is a good alternative
7. Powder coating is still paint and it can chip if abused but is for the most part very very durable
8. My powder coat guy recommends the silver metalic rather than just a sliver "chrome like" color. The "chrome like" color tends to turn out a bit dull and grey colored.
9. My powder coating guy showed me a hub cap that had the silver metalic finish he recommended and that I ultimately went with. He let me examine it then he threw it skidding across the concrete and black top parking lot face down on the finished side. Let me check it out and there were no scratches visible at all! I was impressed.
10. My powder coating guy has hundreds of colors. Some of them are just awesome and cant wait to try some out.
11. Powder coating is not cheap but not ridiculous either.
12. The frame of my 4 Million BC along with the heads of the screws were all done for flat fee of $100.00. I had to wait about five weeks so he could work it in between production runs but he was really busy and it kept my costs down. Another guy wanted $250.00+ to do it right away!
13. My 4 Million BC turned out great. Perfectly smooth finish, very even and sparkles under the light!
14. Part of the cost is preparation of the part to be powder coated. My powder coating guy has his own sandblaster for small jobs (like pinball stuff) but larger things he sends out and that raises the cost. So, if you can do a preliminary cleaning you can probably save some money.
15. The $100.00 I paid included the powder coating guy doing the sandblasting. My frame was very very rusty and the old finish (nickle) was completely worn away in many places. It needed lots of preparation before powder coating.

I hope this helps you make a decision, but I can highly recommend powder coating. If you are just doing the legs it might be cheaper just to buy new legs if you want chrome legs. If you want a color for your legs then go with powder coating.

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#3 5 years ago

I have powdercoated legs white for funhouse. It matches the wooden support frame on the side on the cabinet and against the blue of a FH it looks awesome! Red is too much. Match the rails to the cabinet color same as the lockbar and with white legs it will look amazing. But it is all personal taste so do what makes you happy and forget everyone else. lol
My brother runs a powdercoater so I have an 'in' and as stated by charlstonscpins there is more shades , styles and examples of powdercoat than you can imagine! I did a black with colored flecks in it for my STTNG and it looks like stars in space on the hardware incl. the coin door. Looks incredible.
There is also a stainless steel look alike that looks much better than met silver or near chrome which goes funny with clear powdercoats .
I have done EM stuff in that stainless steel 'look alike' ......because color powder coat just looks wrong on some of those classic older games and it turned out really good...You almost cannot tell it is powdercoat until you get right up to it.

#4 5 years ago
Quoted from Hawk007:

I have powdercoated legs white for Funhouse. It matches the wooden support frame on the side on the cabinet and against the blue of a FH it looks awesome! Red is too much. Match the rails to the cabinet color same as the lockbar and with white legs it will look amazing. But it is all personal taste so do what makes you happy and forget everyone else. lol
My brother runs a powdercoater so I have an 'in' and as stated by charlstonscpins there is more shades , styles and examples of powdercoat than you can imagine! I did a black with colored flecks in it for my STTNG and it looks like stars in space on the hardware incl. the coin door. Looks incredible.
There is also a stainless steel look alike that looks much better than met silver or near chrome which goes funny with clear powdercoats .
I have done EM stuff in that stainless steel 'look alike' ......because color powder coat just looks wrong on some of those classic older games and it turned out really good...You almost cannot tell it is powdercoat until you get right up to it.

pics or it didn't happen

#5 5 years ago

Hawk, any pics of the white legs? Would like to see how that looks. Never considered white on FH.
WhirlWind would probably look good with white legs too.

#6 5 years ago

Here's a link for red legs on funhouse. It's not doing anything for me, kinda stands out like a sore thumb, IMO. Overall, he did a great restoration. If I was going to power coat the legs, I would choose the same blue as the cabinet, and keep it classy looking. If you want the color to stands out, maybe canary yellow.

http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/funhouse-yet-another-restoration

#7 5 years ago

I put Powder Coated Legs on 3 different Funhouses - 1 was Road Show Blue, 1 Yellow, 1 Red. Yellow was the one I kept for myself. Here is a link to some pictures.

https://plus.google.com/photos/117491318056989871765/albums/5609165141178412929

#8 5 years ago

Mike Chestnut in TN does a fantastic job chroming. But for siderails, unless you want to break out the cloth and wipe the machine every time someone touches it, the stainless or powder-coat is the way to go.

You can buy brand new powder coated legs right from Pinballife for short change.

http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=catalog&parent=7&pg=1

Terry stocks Red, Yellow, Orange and Black.

#9 5 years ago

After seeing the pictures with the red legs I'm rethinking that idea. Looks good but just stands out a little too much. Chrome legs and rails might be the way to go.

#10 5 years ago

I will grab you a picture of it with white legs. I stand by my recommendation of white legs and same color blue as cab for lockbar and rails or leave the rails and lockbar if nice and just do the legs white. Seems odd until you see it.
Wh20 and whirlwind and slugfest all look great with white legs. Torpedo alley looks good with white too.

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