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Sanding down cabinet a bit to fit mirrors?


By iamabearsfan

14 days ago



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#1 14 days ago

I love the look of mirror blades. I purchased a new TZ playfield and am in the middle of doing a swap. So at the moment I am staring at an empty cabinet. The old cabinet has some scratches on the sides and I was going to sand it down anyway. Then I was thinking that I could sand down it a little more on each side to give more clearance for a set of mirrors that I ordered. I was also thinking that maybe I could do the same to the playfield itself. Although that may be tougher depending on the stuff on top of the playfield that is flush to the side.

Ideas/feedback on this idea? Has it been done?

Dave

#2 13 days ago

You’ll sand thru the top layer of Plywood’s veneer and create issues when trying to get a smooth surface for paint. You would be better off trimming the playfield.

#3 13 days ago

Get a 2" wide playfield length strip of adhesive felt, attach it to each playfield side and fold the excess so that it attaches underneath the playfield.

The added thickness will flex the cabinet sides outwards when you raise and lower it without causing damage.

And wrapping a portion of it underneath stops it getting snagged.

#4 13 days ago

In addition to the others, you can add a small spacer at the hinge on each side. It adds a little extra room.

#5 13 days ago
Quoted from Steve_in_Escalon:

You’ll sand thru the top layer of Plywood’s veneer and create issues when trying to get a smooth surface for paint. You would be better off trimming the playfield.

Why do I need to paint when I will have the mirrors though?

#6 13 days ago
Quoted from dmacy:

In addition to the others, you can add a small spacer at the hinge on each side. It adds a little extra room.

So you are saying it forces the playfield out a bit more when spacers are added? Would a larger washer work in that situation? I like the idea.

#7 13 days ago

Either option is a bad option.

#8 13 days ago
Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

Either option is a bad option.

How would you work around the problem then? Trying to keep from scratching up the mirrors. It is pretty tight with the existing. Don't have the new PF in there yet.

#9 13 days ago
Quoted from iamabearsfan:

How would you work around the problem then? Trying to keep from scratching up the mirrors. It is pretty tight with the existing. Don't have the new PF in there yet.

Use these over the mirror blades when raising or lowering pf...

https://pu-parts.com/pinball-assembly-blades

#10 13 days ago
Quoted from iamabearsfan:

So you are saying it forces the playfield out a bit more when spacers are added? Would a larger washer work in that situation? I like the idea.

Correct but use discretion. I used this method on a FH and STTNG:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/sttng-a-refresh-for-future-generations/page/4#post-5648067

#11 13 days ago

This is the best idea by far. Thanks for the links/advice.

#12 13 days ago
Quoted from iamabearsfan:

How would you work around the problem then?

There is no problem. You're trying to create one.

#13 13 days ago
Quoted from iamabearsfan:

How would you work around the problem then? Trying to keep from scratching up the mirrors. It is pretty tight with the existing. Don't have the new PF in there yet.

If there's no room, I wouldn't put them in there. It's kind of like saying "I've only got room for five games. How do I get a sixth one in there?" Well....you don't.

#14 13 days ago
Quoted from JonCrox:

Use these over the mirror blades when raising or lowering pf...
https://pu-parts.com/pinball-assembly-blades

Yup, got a pair of them at home.
Even used by American Pinball apparently:

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#15 13 days ago
Quoted from Novastorm:

Yup, got a pair of them at home.
Even used by American Pinball apparently:[quoted image]

Tried to order but it looks like they don't ship to US

#16 13 days ago
Quoted from JonCrox:

Use these over the mirror blades when raising or lowering pf...
https://pu-parts.com/pinball-assembly-blades

Tried to order but it looks like they don't ship to US

#17 13 days ago
Quoted from iamabearsfan:

Tried to order but it looks like they don't ship to US

Pinballlife.com sells them.

https://www.pinballlife.com/interior-cabinet-protector-blade-set.html

#19 8 days ago

Final product installed. Didn't have to do washers. Plan on using these on all of my pins. To me this should be part of our toolbox with how tight these playfields can get. Thanks again to all that contributed. Mirrors went in just fine. Now they stay covered until I get this mess sorted out!

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