(Topic ID: 162833)

Spirit playfield restoration


By rvdv

3 years ago



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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by swanng
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#1 3 years ago

Hello fellow pinsiders
Just seeking out the opionion of the opinionated pinsiders

Restore this to the best of my knowledge with some touch ups and new Mylar protectors

Or send out to a restoration company ?

We have Mylar issues, lifting , planking,paint loss , dirt grinded in, you name it.

Any one to weigh in ??

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#2 3 years ago

Depends on your skill level, appetite to take this on yourself and willingness to risk screwing things up.

#3 3 years ago

If I had the dough, I'd get it professionally done. Good luck!

#4 3 years ago

Show your pictures to Kruzman, he's your only hope.

John P. Dayhuff
Battle Creek, MI.
269-979-3836

#5 3 years ago

I did a Spirit PF a year or so ago for a good friend (only reason I took it on since I retired from doing restorations), because he couldn't get anyone else to do it. I touched it up and cleared it with auto clear. Spirit is a tough PF to do, the area around the window is tough to get level to replace the window after clearing, and if you take it on the lane guides are a PITA to take out they have barbs on the ends so they don't come out or go back in that easy. Also that mylar is going to pull more art when it is removed. Great game to play, but I rank it up there with Haunted House and Black Hole when it comes to working on them ...he is just now getting his repopulated and back together so we can finally play it! Good Luck on your search and congrats on a cool game!

Phoebe

#6 3 years ago

Ask captain Neo

#7 3 years ago

Captain Neo does excellent work. He restored my Whirlwind playfield recently, and it looks brand new (And System 11 playfields are notoriously difficult to work on).

I don't have first hand experience with Kruzman, but his reputation is second to none.

If I were in your shoes, I'd get an estimate on getting that professionally restored. It might cost you several arms and legs, but Spirit isn't a game you mess around with. Get it right the first time.

#8 3 years ago

Thanks folks for the feedback
I have followed up and reached out
To the experts!

So now it's just a matter of time
When it can be done and making my mind up if I should proceed.

Got the machine cheap enough to spend some serious cash on the playfield restoration.

It's a Spirit after all

#9 3 years ago

I had the exact same dilemma doing a full resto on mine. Everything else I'm doing and on any other pin I'd do the playfield work myself but Spirit being Spirit I just didn't want to risk doing it myself. I ended up doing what I was confident in and getting rid of all the mylar and it's residue (the operator had covered the entire playfield with it and it came off without taking paint) and giving it a good clean and wax. It's never going to get significant games played on it that will cause damage and down the line if I want to commit to a professional playfield restore and clear at least the mylar is gone.

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#10 3 years ago

Looks like a beauty

Mine need to look anything like that and I'm happy

#11 3 years ago

Some people have all the luck. Not you or me though, RVDV.

#12 3 years ago

I did touch up the black around the playfield window but the operator's mylar really did a great job at protecting the playfield. Good luck on the journey! If you need any pictures as you go along I'm happy to help.

#13 3 years ago

@ Gerrard17-

Did you get your machine with the different colored (blue, green, yellow) spot targets already installed, or did you do that?
Just curious, because all of the Spirits I've seen (including my own) have yellow targets in those locations. According to the manual, there are supposed to be 4 white spot targets and 4 yellow spot targets.

When I got mine, it had 4 red and 4 yellow targets, but since a lot of the existing Spirit machines are samples, they could have shipped from the factory differently than what the manual suggests.

#14 3 years ago

They came like that on mine assume the blue and green was all that was on hand when it came to replacing. I've since switched them out with all new spot target assemblies in the correct colors, B-A-L-L all in white, and 1-2-3-4 all in yellow. I just used the flyers as the source of truth on this.

1 week later
#15 3 years ago

@ RVDV-
Did you find/select someone to restore your Spirit playfield, or are you still on the hunt?

Greg

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#16 3 years ago

If someone can provide me with a 600dpi scan of as much of the spirit face above the flippers, I would be forever grateful! Of course any other Spirit scan would be the icing on the cake but I really could use the face.

Also, can anyone forward me the manual or simply the part number of the spinning disc motor? I am trying to quick reference it during the day today.

Thanks a bunch!

#17 3 years ago
Quoted from dnaman:

If someone can provide me with a 600dpi scan of as much of the spirit face above the flippers, I would be forever grateful! Of course any other Spirit scan would be the icing on the cake but I really could use the face.
Also, can anyone forward me the manual or simply the part number of the spinning disc motor? I am trying to quick reference it during the day today.
Thanks a bunch!

I believe the spinner motor / assembly for black hole is the same. Here a post about another option for it if needed https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.games.pinball/c7AdfRmK0ZM

PM sent about the other things.

#18 3 years ago
Quoted from swanng:

@ RVDV-
Did you find/select someone to restore your Spirit playfield, or are you still on the hunt?
Greg

Hi Greg

Decided to attack it myself
For me it became clear that it needs to look decent enough to play it. The time spend to make it a beauty queen would take too long with a restorer.

#19 3 years ago

RVDV-
Would be interested to see your progress-privately, of course. PM me if you are interested. I have yet to find an exceptional restorer with the requisite intestinal fortitude to restore my Spirit playfield. I may end up parting it out, as dreadful as that sounds. I do, however, know who I WON'T be sending it to for restoration.
Greg

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