(Topic ID: 232112)

Streaks on ball after playfield work

By Skidave

11 months ago

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  • Latest reply 10 months ago by Skidave
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    #1 11 months ago

    I have a question about streaks I'm finding my pinball. Photos are near impossible, but I'll describe as best I can.

    I brought a Bally Supersonic back to life. This was not a restore, more of a good cleaning and full repair so it can become a player's machine. I only used Novus 2 and Blitz wax on the playfield. All metal pieces (except pop bumper rings) polished, plastics cleaned, new rubbers, bulbs a few insert repairs, etc. Nothing out of the norm that I haven't already done on two other Bally EMs that I own.

    After a few test games, I notice streaks on the new ball. I cleaned the ball with Naphtha and played a few more test games. More streaks. I made sure the pop bumper rings were clean and not covered with old wax. Wiped them with Naphtha and then used some NeverDull polish. Cleaned ball and streaks again.

    So looking for some advice. I know this game plays faster than my EMs. Is the ball picking up wax or is this something else?


    #2 11 months ago

    Did you wipe the metal off after polishing?

    #3 11 months ago

    I believe what you are referring to is residue from the new rubbers. Wipe those off with some CP-100 or you can try with the naphtha you already have as I think CP-100 is naphtha with other additives.

    #4 11 months ago

    Yes, metal was wiped clean.

    Cleaning new rubbers makes sense. I'll do that tomorrow and report back.


    #5 11 months ago

    Well, wiped rubbers with Naphtha. Played 6 games and ball has streaks on it again. It is almost impossible to get a photo of the ball with the streaks.

    I need to figure out if th streaks are coming from pops, slings or elsewhere.

    This is my first SS and it plays much faster than my EMs However, my EMs are rebuilt and play fast. Never had streaking. I actually check both balls in the EMs tonight and they are nice and shinny.

    #6 11 months ago

    Sorry wiping the rubbers did not work. I’ve had something similar happen and cleaning the rubbers took care of it. Your issue has nothing to to do with EM vs SS...you are picking up residue from somewhere. Try holding the ball with your hand and rubbing it on the new rubbers to see if you get the streaks???

    #7 11 months ago

    Could it be wax residue?

    #8 11 months ago

    I believe it is from the rubbers. I rubbed the ball against one of the slingshot rubbers and there was some residue marks. I tried some other rubbers and I saw some marks on the ball. I have played 50 or so games now doing some shake down testing. The streaks are becoming less now.

    I'm going to assume it us from the rubbers. These are not Wico, but marked PJ as I recall.

    #9 11 months ago
    Quoted from Skidave:

    I need to figure out if th streaks are coming from pops, slings or elsewhere.

    Probably coming from all over. Anywhere the ball goes, it's leaving them, left them, or picking them up.

    LTG : )

    1 week later
    #10 10 months ago

    This streaks are no longer occurring. After a bunch of games, I cleaned the rubbers and waxed again. No issues.

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