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The thread in which I post progress on my first restoration attempt...

By tamoore

11 years ago


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    #1 11 years ago

    ...and beg for help on occasion.

    So, I traded a beat up Mrs. Pacman game for a beat up worse Laser Ball machine.

    I did it
    1) because I wanted an 80's era Williams machine and
    2) I kind of liked the idea of trying to fix this back up into a real nice playing machine.
    3) I figure I can practice on this machine (which I have no attachment to) before I start ripping into one of my other pins, a couple of which also need some touch up work.

    The plastics are nice and clean but a little warped, but the playfield is a complete mess. All three of the flippers need to be rebuilt, the slingshots need help, and the pop bumpers need to be replaced.

    You could play a game on it, but it wasn't fun.

    The playfield has inserts that are so deeply sunk in that it has caused massive damage to the wood as the ball hopped over the trailing edge of the insert hole. One right side of the playfield looks like it might have had water sitting on it, because the paint has been bubbled up and it doesn't feel smooth at all.

    Top of the playfield is tore down, and out of the machine. That's enough for today.

    Next step next weekend is to get the mylar off (small patches in front of the slingshots and around the pop bumpers) and clean the playfield with magic eraser, before figuring out what paints are needed for touch-up.

    I'll update this thread as I progress, or as I'm throwing a fit because I don't know what the hell I'm doing.

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    #2 11 years ago

    Wow! You certainly have your work cut out for you! Good luck!

    #3 11 years ago
    Quoted from RandyW:

    Wow! You certainly have your work cut out for you! Good luck!

    Thanks. Good thing about this one is, whatever I do will be better than what it was.

    #4 11 years ago

    This is very true! I am sure it can be repaired and have no doubts you will be able to pull it off. Me, I would sand the bugger smooth and have a vinyl copy of the play field art printed.. put it on and clear coat it

    #5 11 years ago

    I'm in the midst of a similar experience right now, I picked up a broken Eight Ball to develop my restoration skills before doing something foolish to any of my other pins. I already got really comfortable working on the electronics and mechs and my wife is working on painting the playfield right now.

    So far we've learned that the upside down can of canned air and Goo Gone does indeed work well for removing Mylar and its adhesive. We've also found out that when picking up acrylic paint (assuming you go that route) that you tend to need paint marked as opaque, the translucent and transparent stuff shows fish eyes and other imperfections right through your touch ups. Unfortunately it also shows brush strokes more, so we're going to try adding additional coats with some retarder added to see if it helps keep things smooth.

    Anyway, I'd be happy to trade tips as we both work through our projects.

    #6 11 years ago
    Quoted from millerjl:

    I'm in the midst of a similar experience right now, I picked up a broken Eight Ball to develop my restoration skills before doing something foolish to any of my other pins. I already got really comfortable working on the electronics and mechs and my wife is working on painting the playfield right now.
    So far we've learned that the upside down can of canned air and Goo Gone does indeed work well for removing Mylar and its adhesive. We've also found out that when picking up acrylic paint (assuming you go that route) that you tend to need paint marked as opaque, the translucent and transparent stuff shows fish eyes and other imperfections right through your touch ups. Unfortunately it also shows brush strokes more, so we're going to try adding additional coats with some retarder added to see if it helps keep things smooth.
    Anyway, I'd be happy to trade tips as we both work through our projects.

    I am with you...

    I'm actually close to Detroit 3 days a week, so if you need more than just online support, LMK... ;

    Although, I probably will be taking more help than giving..

    #7 11 years ago

    Got the Mylar off today, and spread the glue evenly around the playfield, it seems
    More cleaning this weekend. Also got a heat gun to take the inserts out and hopefully put them in again more level.

    What adhesive is best? Epoxy? Superglue?

    TIA...

    #8 11 years ago

    Ok.. Some progress...

    Got the drop targets out, cleaned and replaced the decals with replacements.

    Got the top sunken inserts out with a heat gun so I could level them. That worked great.

    This morning, I decided to start touching up the playfield so I could be done with that by the end of the day.

    When I went to get my iPad to take some pictures of what I had done, I learned a lesson I won't soon forget. Looking at pictures I took while I was taking the machine apart, I realized I had Epoxied the top 10 inserts in in the incorrect order. I was just positive I knew how they went in, so I didn't feel the need to consult the photos I took.. BIG mistake. I've learned my lesson.

    I suppose to fix this, I'll just rewire the switches and lights to make them match the new insert locations. Game will still play the same. Just makes me mad.

    Here are some more before/after and/or just after pics.

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    #9 11 years ago

    Nice job.....looks like it's going pretty good!

    LOL on the numbering....but in this case I think you are right, just reroute the switches and it won't make any difference.

    #10 11 years ago

    Wow!
    Looking really good.
    Nice color matching!!!

    1 week later
    #11 11 years ago

    I leveled out the playfield, shot a light coat of Varathane diamond clear coat, followed by a nice heavy coat 24 hours later.

    I filled up the sunken inserts (all but 3 on the playfield) with Varathane diamond clear dripped from a brush. they are starting to clear up nicely, but I was freaked out to see them white when I was filling them in...

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    #12 11 years ago

    great work so far!

    #13 11 years ago

    Looking good. I cannot wait to see final pics against originals.

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