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Show us your coin door restorations


By swampfire

7 years ago



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    #151 89 days ago
    Quoted from robotron911:

    Just an FYI, you can get that stainless coin slot part absolutely perfect, if you choose. It's just a matter of starting sanding out the initial flaws and patiently working through lesser grits to smooth the surface. You can continue the process with super fine paper (think 2500 grit) and/or steel wools with a final buffing to get a mirrored chrome look (trust me it's stunning) or you can use a flap wheel/3M red Scothbrite to re-grain the stainless (just be aware and keep to the original grain of the stainless).

    Sure thing! It looks worse on the pictures but could be better for sure. Since finished the coin door I got a bench grinder with wire brush and cotton wheel along with.a variety of sandpaper. I will revisit that portion at the same time I will take care of the lockdown bar. The side rails were sanded to remove most of the scratches the re-grained. They turned out pretty good.

    #152 83 days ago

    70s Williams door, was pretty scratched up before

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    #153 83 days ago

    Another angle though you can see scratches...try as I might I can’t get rid of them. Is it possible?

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    #154 83 days ago
    Quoted from dr_nybble:

    Another angle though you can see scratches...try as I might I can’t get rid of them. Is it possible?
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    Looks great. I have been able to polish SS to these levels too.

    Can you share your method?

    #155 82 days ago
    Quoted from dr_nybble:

    70s Williams door, was pretty scratched up before
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    This is from a Williams Space Mission. It looks very similar to yours. At some point I started to think of the little scratches as character.

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    #156 82 days ago
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    #157 82 days ago

    Polished with a random orbital 600 grit to get deep scratches out, then wet sanded 800-1000-1500-2000-3000 and finish with Mother’s polish.

    #158 82 days ago
    Quoted from Silverstreak02:

    This is from a Williams Space Mission. It looks very similar to yours. At some point I started to think of the little scratches as character.
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    Wow the inside of your door looks pristine. Did you replate the parts or zinc paint them? My coin door internals have lots of plating loss.

    #159 82 days ago
    Quoted from dr_nybble:

    Polished with a random orbital 600 grit to get deep scratches out, then wet sanded 800-1000-1500-2000-3000 and finish with Mother’s polish.

    Would you recommend the same technique to try to remove deep scratches on a lock down bar?

    #160 82 days ago

    Lots of great tips in this thread but not much regarding repairs to the original door skins.

    Perhaps I'm overlooking this, but is there someone reproducing classic Stern door skins? I haven't been able to find one, so I'm pretty sure they aren't.

    My door is drilled & I'm debating how to repair it. Either going through the trouble of having a friend weld it & grind it flat.... or just saying oh well & plugging the hole with a rubber stopper.

    In either case I need to remove the original paint. I don't have a sandblast setup, so any suggestions what chemical to use to soak & remove the paint?

    #161 82 days ago
    Quoted from phillyfan64:

    Would you recommend the same technique to try to remove deep scratches on a lock down bar?

    I've done it on a lockdown bar (1964 Heat Wave) with success! And side rails for that matter.

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    #162 82 days ago
    Quoted from HoakyPoaky:

    Perhaps I'm overlooking this, but is there someone reproducing classic Stern door skins? I haven't been able to find one, so I'm pretty sure they aren't.

    In either case I need to remove the original paint. I don't have a sandblast setup, so any suggestions what chemical to use to soak & remove the paint?

    Nobody reproduces this door.

    To remove paint, I use the Jasco spray on paint remover. Just spray it on (outdoors or in a garage, it reeks) and wait 15 minutes and the paint will come off with paper towels and a putty knife.

    #163 82 days ago
    Quoted from dr_nybble:

    I've done it on a lockdown bar (1964 Heat Wave) with success! And side rails for that matter.
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    Nice! I’m definitely trying that. Thanks

    #164 81 days ago
    Quoted from dr_nybble:

    Wow the inside of your door looks pristine. Did you replate the parts or zinc paint them? My coin door internals have lots of plating loss.

    I disassembled everything, removed the rust, tumbled and then painted.

    #165 81 days ago

    Cannot believe I have not posted here yet!

    A couple before/afters from a Stern Galaxy (minus credit button decal):

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    Before/After from a Stern Meteor:

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    Before/After from a Stern Nine Ball:

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    I'll have another post coming with some Bally Doors.

    #166 81 days ago

    A couple before/afters from a Bally Paragon:

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    Shameless plug for a Bally/Classic Stern Coin Door Restoration Guide:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/classic-bally-stern-coin-doors-step-by-step-guide-to-restoration

    #167 81 days ago
    Quoted from KenLayton:

    Nobody reproduces this door.
    To remove paint, I use the Jasco spray on paint remover. Just spray it on (outdoors or in a garage, it reeks) and wait 15 minutes and the paint will come off with paper towels and a putty knife.

    The Hammered finish covers so well that I usually don't remove the pain underneath. I clean up/sand down then paint on top, looks great

    #168 78 days ago

    Ok I'll play...

    This was my first ever FULL tear down, with no re-paint. Just an attempt to de-rust, clean, flatten, and re-grain. I did "good enough!"

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/resto-space-odyssey-mof-20190630

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    #169 78 days ago
    Quoted from mof:

    Ok I'll play...
    This was my first ever FULL tear down, with no re-paint. Just an attempt to de-rust, clean, flatten, and re-grain. I did "good enough!"
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/resto-space-odyssey-mof-20190630
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    That door deserves a repainted cabinet.

    #170 77 days ago

    Spin the carriage bolts in a drill on some Mother's mag to shine 'em up!

    #171 77 days ago

    Anyone successfully repainted the red "W" in the Williams coin door plate? What's the technique?

    #172 77 days ago
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    #173 77 days ago

    Wow...that's gorgeous.

    #174 75 days ago

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    My first attempt. Happy with the results.

    #175 75 days ago

    A lot more time than I would have ever imagined.

    #176 75 days ago
    Quoted from Dbfootball:

    A lot more time than I would have ever imagined.

    Yes but you've done a stellar job - well done!!! Even more impressive being your first attempt

    #177 75 days ago

    Has anyone used hydraulics or an arbor press to remove dents in a coin door?

    #178 75 days ago
    Quoted from Manny65:

    Yes but you've done a stellar job - well done!!! Even more impressive being your first attempt

    Thank you sir. No idea what I was doing but read a lot of tips on this forum. Ended up buying a ultrasonic and a bench polisher from harbor freight. Used a lot of evaporust, mean green, and mother’s mag. Just glad I was able to figure out how to put it back together. Definitely no such thing as taking too many pictures when taking it apart.

    #179 75 days ago

    Is there any way of preventing the polished parts from getting nasty again? I refinished my Bally KISS and my inside coin door has looked great for several years now but want to keep it that. I assume alot of the nasty discoloration/rust/grime/etc that we clean up to get the perfect shine is a result of the original arcade environments and just lack of cleaning over the years so with continued care and better environment it should last.

    #180 75 days ago

    Chrome polish is your friend.

    #181 74 days ago
    Quoted from mrm_4:

    For early Williams Solid State games, I have this add up for the caps that cover the buttons in the coindoor.
    Figure it would be good to link in this thread as a reference for people doing future restos on a door and want these little things.
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/coindoor-button-caps
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    The graining on your Williams door is what I feel as spot on to the look of those doors out of the factory... could you pop us a 20,000 foot view of your process?

    #182 74 days ago
    Quoted from dr_nybble:

    Anyone successfully repainted the red "W" in the Williams coin door plate? What's the technique?

    You could CAMEO it (send me a stencil....cough, cough)

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    #183 74 days ago
    Quoted from CanadianPinball:

    You could CAMEO it (send me a stencil....cough, cough)[quoted image]

    I’ll probably end up doing this....paint mask and airbrush. I’ll post results after I try it.

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