I guess my question here pertains to what metal is used. I am restoring a Bally Power Play and the left lane to the upper playfield is in not so wonderful condition. It has a significant ball groove (which is not really a big deal) and is bent/deformed (bigger deal) from when someone removed it and mylared the playfield. They pounded the nails back in and missed a few whacks, plus it was a little deformed from re-bending the bends unintentionally adding new bends to the proper bend.
Without seeking advice I went ahead and removed the lane and the rivets holding it to the brackets and tried to straighten it as much as possible. I've used a forming hammer to get the ugly creases out and am now at the sanding/polishing stage. I don't see any signs of rust but am curious... is this strip of metal (1" x 16 3/4") stainless steel or mild steel? I don't want to put a bunch of effort into getting it to a mirror finish only to see it rust in a matter of weeks. I know where I can pick up a 1" strip of stainless steel locally, (which would entail rigging up a jig for the bend and drilling holes) but if this piece is already stainless I feel I can save it.
Has anyone run into this before? I'd like some feedback on which direction to go.
Thanks in advance,