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Reinforce Theatre of Magic trunk: anyone try duct tape?


By nosro

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

The trunk sure seems to crack quickly. I saw this post that suggested reinforcing the trunk with fiberglass (http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/theatre-of-magic-trunk-repair).

Has anyone tried duct tape? It seems to be able to do everything else.

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#2 6 years ago

Maybe WD-40 doesn't belong in a pinball machine, but what about duct tape in this case?

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#3 6 years ago

Fiberglass is pretty easy to work with. Seems like a good fix, unless you find some Kevlar

Duct tape might hold it together, but it will still flex and move a bit IMO.

#4 6 years ago

After my second trunk broke I lined the inside lower edge with a foam insulating strip. Peel and stick. Its been good for many years now.

#5 6 years ago
Quoted from Taxman:

After my second trunk broke I lined the inside lower edge with a foam insulating strip. Peel and stick. Its been good for many years now.

That did no good on mine, brand new one cracked in the first 10 games.
I plan on ordering another one and filling it smooth with Lexel and then the foam tape.
Lexel is some tough stuff and will stick better than fiberglass.

#6 6 years ago

Dead stop foam from PinBits will help fix this problem.

#7 6 years ago

I used the foam insulating strip on mine and have had no problems since.

#8 6 years ago
Quoted from Magic_Mike:

Dead stop foam from PinBits will help fix this problem.

I lined the bottom edge all around with the dead stop foam and it kept mine like new. Some of the other foams were too "bouncy" and created too many air balls. Good luck.

#9 6 years ago

I just started another post looking for a better quality trunk. any suggestions

#10 6 years ago
Quoted from Shadow:

I lined the bottom edge all around with the dead stop foam and it kept mine like new. Some of the other foams were too "bouncy" and created too many air balls. Good luck.

I'm guessing that you install the foam on the inside?

#11 6 years ago
Quoted from indypinhead:

I'm guessing that you install the foam on the inside?

Yes. My replacement trunk was good quality, durable material. But I don't recall where it came from. Good luck with this.

#12 6 years ago

I put Dynamat around the inside of mine years ago and it has never cracked.

#13 6 years ago

Some people call duct tape "chrome".

#14 6 years ago
Quoted from cal50:

Some people call duct tape "chrome".

? really?

#15 6 years ago
Quoted from blubboman:

I put Dynamat around the inside of mine years ago and it has never cracked.

That sounds like a great idea blubboman. Thanks for the input.

#16 6 years ago

I was the original poster fiberglassing the trunks - and guess what - its still perfect 3 years later

#17 6 years ago
Quoted from fusion301:

I was the original poster fiberglassing the trunks - and guess what - its still perfect 3 years later

Can you post a procedure for dummies (e.g. me)? I do not even know what to go shopping for.

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