Have started a restoration project on a Stern Stars that I've had for a few months. This will be my first full blown restoration and I'm shooting for the higher end since I appreciate that kind of thing. The machine came to me in pretty good shape, some very light wear on the PF and cabinet. The previous owner had spray painted the coin door and legs white which I'm not a fan of. Came with an Ultimate MPU and some upgraded electronics. Backglass is original and in near flawless shape.
-CPR Playfield (picked up the last unit from them a few weeks ago)
-New plastics from CPR
-Full cabinet repair and respray / stencil
-Clean and tumble/polish of all parts
-Alltek LED board with retro comets (keeping old bulbs if I don't like the LEDs)
-Clean and tidy wiring harness, repin connectors
-Coin door restoration, strip and paint w/ hammered silver (legs to match)
-Apron strip, repaint and decal
-Chime rebuild - might explore building a new body out of better wood or other methods to improve sound... fun side project.
Decisions to make:
-Replace lamp sockets or try to clean old ones
-Reuse white plastics posts or different color - considering clear star posts?
-Replace or reuse cabinet rails and lock bar. Some slight damage there might splurge on some new brushed+clear from hotrod
Gonna be a long process but will be sharing here frequently and asking lots of questions... thanks in advance for all your help!
I'm fortunate to work as a prototype engineer and have access to lots of fun toys and tools that will help this project...