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Sharpshooter Drop Target Replacement

By slgerber

7 years ago

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#1 7 years ago

After I got my Sharpshooter up and running I knew it was a matter of time before a drop target would break as it was getting played heavily. I knew Data East targets would work as a replacement with some modifications as they are longer. One night my daughter in-law informed me that "one of the guys won't reset". My fears were realized and one of the drops was broken. So and order was off to Pinball Life for Data East replacements, $12.50 for a set was very reasonable alternative to the unobtainium originals.
First I removed the reset solenoid, switches and removed the drop assembly.
Took the cage apart
We have a cowboy down
The new replacements arrived from Pinball Life
I contemplated leaving them white but decided to try painting them and see how that works. I picked up a can of Krylon Fusion Red, a paint for plastics. I washed the drops with alcohol to clean any release agent from them and gave them a couple coats.
This turned out well but rubbing my finger across the edge of the target would remove paint from the edge. So I give them a coiple of coats of Krylon clear and cut the target decals slightly larger to help protect the face of the target as the Data East targets have a slightly wider head.
Placed them back into the cage. I read where the Data East targets were 1/4" longer but actually they are 5/16" longer so I made a couple of 5/16" shims for the cage.
Ready to go back in

#2 7 years ago

I'm happy with the results and it was an easy fix. Replacements are readily available too.
I have maybe 75 games on it so far and the paint is holding up well. We will see down the road.

#3 7 years ago

Nice work, Steve!

#4 7 years ago

One thing I might have tried would be to sand the surface of the targets a bit to give the paint something to grip onto.

There is also a procedure written up somewhere on how to dye the white drop targets. If I recall, you had to boil the targets in red rit dye.

[edit]: Also, you might want to address the chipping paint around the inserts on the playfield--that is only going to get worse, no matter how much wax you put down. Chipping is different from wear.

#5 7 years ago

Yes ForceFlow, I have a lead on another PF that is in a little better shape I was going to "try" and restore and clear. I was curious about dying the drops but I wasn't confident it would be dark enough. These are relatively cheap so I figure I'd give this a try. The only place I think will peel is the edges. I have a spare I may try 2PAC on if/when I do a playfield. (then I'll have to address that apron. )

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#6 6 years ago

Yup, I'm the guy reviving the old thread. (A newbie too!)

What are the thoughts on Plasti Dip for drop targets? Is it durable enough for pinball? Will it be too thick to drop? I'm about to get a Sharpshooter and undoubtedly will need new targets at some point so past experience is welcomed.

I tried a search but didn't find anything related.

#7 6 years ago

Drop targets don't have a wide size tolerance. Depending on how thick that stuff is, coating an existing target might cause hang ups.

#8 6 years ago

I don't regret changing these out. If I do it again I will use Duplicolor adhesion promoter first on the drops. I also have a few original drops still laying around if anyone is in need. I also have a much better playfield to swap with this one.

3 years later
#9 3 years ago

Ok - reviving an old post ... SLGERBER, if you are still out there, thank you for your thread. And a question ... how did you get the cowboy stickers off the old targets to affix your new, painted ones?

Thanks in advance -

Greg G

#10 3 years ago

I printed new ones from images that pinsider "The Given" sent me.

#11 3 years ago

Thank you. I’m going to try to get the old ones off by using a heat gun (on low) I also ordered the Data East drop targets, and painted today with Krylon Fusion and also used the Adhesion agent as first coat. Made the wooden 5/16 shims and will be re-assembling soon.

Thank you for your super-helpful advice!

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