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Should I paint head back door?


By Pmedic871

9 months ago



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#1 9 months ago

I have bought my first pinball (1976 Williams Blue Chip) which I plan to just get running and play, not to do full tear down and restore. The metal back door to the head has surface oxidation, few specks of rust but is solid. Would I anger the pinball gods if I gave it a coat of paint or sealer to prevent further corrosion? Thanks!

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#2 9 months ago

Personally I wouldnt worry about it. If you have it in a position where your going to see it all the time I guess you try to clean it up by painting/preserving.

#3 9 months ago

Huh? Push it up against a wall and play the game. That's how pretty much all EM doors look. I'd be more concerned over the faded ink on your dummy score reel.

#4 9 months ago
Quoted from schudel5:

Huh? Push it up against a wall and play the game. That's how pretty much all EM doors look. I'd be more concerned over the faded ink on your dummy score reel.

I've run an orbital sander with fine grit sandpaper on those and they clean up really nicely.

The faded dummy reel has stickers available at Inkochnito's site.

#5 9 months ago

God sakes. Do you want to play it or orbital sander it? (it was made for playing you know)
Perhaps just store it as a 'blue chip' investment.
Very unusual backglass btw

#6 9 months ago

Paint it silver.

#7 9 months ago

Get it working, then worry about it. But by then, you have machine #2 and be working on that one, so you'll forget all about this door...

To give you some perspective, that door looks pretty normal for an original machine of this age. It would look out of place if you make it look nice considering the rear cabinet condition.

#8 9 months ago

Putting paint on top of rust will not stop it from rusting. The reaction will continue underneath the paint.

You could try some steel wool or various other de-rusting techniques.

I think most collectors would cringe a bit to see that door with paint on it. Nobody paints it. It's supposed to be bare metal.

#9 9 months ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

I think most collectors would cringe a bit to see that door with paint on it. Nobody paints it. It's supposed to be bare metal.

I'm generally just relieved that the back door is still there and not lost to wherever they all seem to go.

I think this is a natural thing to want to do when you get your first pinball. You're excited and want to fix it up. Certainly nothing wrong with detailing the back door but most eventually learn your efforts are better spent focused on other areas. Like the dummy reel as mentioned. It does look like a nice clean example. Probably doesn't need too much but you can always find little things to improve upon if you want to.

#10 9 months ago

Thanks for all the input. I think after some more cleaning up I am gonna leave it bare. Makes sense that after 40+ years it'll continue to do it's job. I guess I was kinda focused on it because it was the cruddiest piece of the unit. I'll focus on getting all the layers of nicotine off the cab and box then seal up the back glass while it's still looking good.

#11 9 months ago
Quoted from Black_Knight:

Get it working, then worry about it. But by then, you have machine #2 and be working on that one, so you'll forget all about this door...
To give you some perspective, that door looks pretty normal for an original machine of this age. It would look out of place if you make it look nice considering the rear cabinet condition.

I have a repair guy scheduled to come out to get it playing, it's real close and my plan is to grab the next machine that needs work that crosses my path and basically learn how to work on them. I plan on keeping Blue Chip for it's sentimental value and don't dare chance blowing it up.

#12 9 months ago

A little fine steel wool and WD-40 will clean it up and help protect it.
Keep the game in a dry environment, and it'll be good for a long time.

#13 9 months ago

Nice machine! Wish I would have grabbed one that recently came up for sale near me.

#14 9 months ago

If you really want it a looking nice in a colour i would get it powder coated instead of paint

#15 9 months ago

It looks great. Leave it alone.

#16 9 months ago

I paint all mine.........if they are going in the house.Hammer tone gray

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#17 9 months ago

I clean them up, making sure any rust is off and the doors is flat. I then paintthe door. It comes out great. And yes no one can see the doors to the head, but I know they aren’t perfect. Same thought as cleaning the inside of the cabinet.

#18 9 months ago
Quoted from mrbanjo:

I paint all mine.........if they are going in the house.Hammer tone gray

It looks great! That's exactly the way I would do it.

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#19 8 months ago

I like stuff original but just painted mine as it had a spot of rust, used abrasive wheel back to metal, etched then hammer silver spray. I'm quite pleased with the result as I thought it was beyond restore, time will tell if it holds up.

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#20 8 months ago
Quoted from astyy:

I like stuff original but just painted mine as it had a spot of rust, used abrasive wheel back to metal, etched then hammer silver spray. I'm quite pleased with the result as I thought it was beyond restore, time will tell if it holds up.
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Yeah, when they're that bad, you gotta repaint them.

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