This is my first pinball restore thread on Pinside and actually the first one I have done in almost 20 years. I have done many “build” threads on R/C airplanes in their appropriate forums and enjoy doing them. I find I learn from doing them and hopefully others will benefit from reading mine. There is a wealth of helpful information on Pinside and I have searched it and the web looking for specific information to answer questions to help my restoration. For some things I have tried several products or tested different methods and I will let you know what I found to work the best or at least well enough for me.
So how did I get involved in this project? Back in 1994 a good friend of mine, not a pinball person was visiting and decided that he needed a pinball machine in his home as well. At the time (and still now) I had a STTNG and a TAFG both of which I purchased NIB. He purchased a STTNG as well from Betsons in late 1994 and has had it ever since. It saw its share of use initially but has sat mostly un-played (and un -cleaned) for the last 10 years. The game was either a sample game or early production model. (Not a prototype). It has the original domed cannons (not aftermarket) and the plastic switch covers that are shown on the original game flyer. The chrome wireform on the arch is also a little different. Since it mostly was just taking up space for him and not being played I purchased it from him to fix it up. My purpose is to attempt a collector quality restore (or as close as I can come) and sell it or trade for a Twilight Zone which is the one other pin I would like in my collection. If that needs some work I will know if I can restore it as well.