(Topic ID: 284576)

Removing Stern playfields???

By Raiders36

1 year ago

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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by Pinball-Ike
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#1 1 year ago

Looking for quick tips to remove the playfield on stern games. I have GOT pro, DP pro, and SW prem. I want to add side art. I did on wonka without removing and wasnt fun. Also for when I move them, it will reduce weight.

Thanks in advance.

#2 1 year ago

Super easy at least if they are like the Iron Maiden LE playfield I removed when I replaced the cab decals. Just a couple wire harness connectors coming off the group of wires near the back and it was free to lift out.

#3 1 year ago

If I remember correctly on GB It was 3 plugs that needed disconnecting and then it lifted straight out.

#4 1 year ago

In my experience, both SAM and SPIKE games provide extra length in the PF wiring harness for the purpose of removing the PF, connected, and standing it beside the machine.

#5 1 year ago

Just did this with SW Pro this weekend (EHOH, TWD LE, and Rolling Stones LE are in line for theirs) it is much easier if you have an extra set of hands to help...Just a few connectors (If you are unsure make sure you mark the connectors before disconnecting them so you know what goes where), there also might be a couple cable ties that need cut (I think I cut 2) at the back of the PF/cab to disconnect then carefully place your hands on the sides (without squishing the ramps you can place your hands between the ramp and the PF just don't grab it without paying attention to what you are grabbing) lift the PF up and out. When you have it out you do need to sit it on the apron side as there are lights and things on the backboard end that you don't want to squash but not to difficult. When placing the PF back into the cab. I laid some towels over the newly installed side art to protect it in case of a slip while replacing it! Don't want to scratch the new side art.


#6 1 year ago

From my bike shop days installing handlebar grips... For interior art blades I use a little soap and water on a few paper towels. Get the towels wet, get a dollop of soap(probably not Lava soap, etc), can be liquid, foam or bar soap, the towels need to be wet and slippery. NOT dripping wet.

- Lift your playfield to upright service position,
- peel your art sticker and set sticky side up,
- get the cabinet sides you can reach with moisture and soap...don’t worry about every inch
- generously wet/soap the sticky side of the art blade
- position the art blade on the cabinet
- the moisture and soap make it easy to slide the art a couple inches in any direction
- when position is perfect use these to protect your work https://www.pinballlife.com/interior-cabinet-protector-blade-set.html
- raise and lower playfield as needed to press out any bubbles and finalize position
- give it a couple minutes to settle in
- repeat on the other side

This doesn’t make the pin lighter for moving... but is an easy way to apply side art with or without the playfield in.

YMMV, so even with simple, natural hand soaps, this may not be for the minty-mint crowd worried about perfect everything. My experience across my machines is easy on and off with little residue and no impact to cabinet paint. Made it easy to swap and view the variety of art blades for Star Wars. It was especially helpful for my older machines like Funhouse that don’t have perfect cabinet surfaces to start with.

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