Quoted from Coyote:
*nods8 Do you consider that a 'rebuild' or 'restore', though? To me, as a buyer (and someone who's had to shop/rebuild games countless times when operating), a "rebuild" dosen't include polishing, touching up art, replacing plastics with new ones, etc. (And yeah, I consider all those items on the same level..)
Advanced shop job or refurb, maybe? It's not really to the degree of a full restore. I still tear everything apart, clean, rebuild, and replace broken/worn parts, sleeves, posts, plastics, guides, pop caps, etc. Replacing all that stuff makes a game look good and play well. I'll also touch up some of the black keylines and add mylar in high wear spots.
For the most part, that middle ground is for when I have multiple show games to prep. The main thing I don't do is polish every single part, especially if it's not visible to the player. So, for instance, a drop target cage wouldn't be polished, but it would be clean and functional.
For a full treatment, I'd put just about everything through a tumbler and polish every part. But that depends on how much time I have, and if the game is worth putting that time into. I'm probably not going to put that much time & effort into a $600 game.
As for playfield artwork or cabinet restoration, generally I don't do much there. I don't have the shop space, I don't do clear coating, nor am I very good at color matching. But--I will create decals to patch small worn areas.