Transforming a Seahag back to a Seawitch

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Transforming a Seahag back to a Seawitch


By Jjsmooth

1 year ago



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  • 42 posts
  • 14 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 11 months ago by Jjsmooth
  • Topic is favorited by 22 Pinsiders

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#1 1 year ago

Just digging into this machine, and I will document the steps I take to make this a presentable machine.
The starting point. Looks bad, and smells worse...

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#2 1 year ago

Playfield needs a ton of work. It has been stripped and shipped to Neo for paint.

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#3 1 year ago

Backglass ordered from BGResto.
He does nice work.
Cabinet needed new bottom before smoothing.
No evidence of mice in here, but damn, it smells horrible.

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#4 1 year ago

New Baltic Birch bottom and smoothing things out.

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#5 1 year ago

Ah, I love Seawitch; I'll be following this thread. Good luck!

#6 1 year ago

I am thinking about adding a couple colors to the cabinet before clear-coating. As you can see on the left, it makes quite a difference. This was done in a couple minutes with paint pens I had on hand, just to see. If I do it on the finished cabinet, I will use frisket paper and airbrush. Not sure yet.

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#7 1 year ago

Decided not to add colors.
Cabinet has been smoothed and in base color.

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#8 1 year ago

Stencils started. 2nd color applied.
Was unsure about colors, but not anymore.
Pinball Pimp stencils used.

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#9 1 year ago

A game worthy of the restore for sure. Following....

#10 1 year ago

Dammit, now you got me wanting to repaint the cab on the Seawitch I'm restoring. I was trying to resist - it's not too bad but those Pinball pimp stencils rock.

#11 1 year ago

PM me if you need the colors used.

#12 1 year ago

Harness getting the dishwasher treatment.

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#13 1 year ago

Paint finished on cabinet. I will get the back box caught up, and apply auto clear-coat to them at the same time.

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#14 1 year ago

A dishwasher does a harness good.
Dont be afraid to do it.
Hurts nothing.

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#15 1 year ago

Following! Nice to catch up with you today as well!

#16 1 year ago

You too. Had a good time today at the NKY league.

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#17 1 year ago

Finished painting and applied auto clear.

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#18 1 year ago

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#19 1 year ago

Very nice, looking forward to seeing this progress.

#20 1 year ago

What type/brand of soap/cleaner did you use in the dishwasher? Those light sockets look nice and shiny.

#21 1 year ago

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#22 1 year ago

Pinsider Barakandl (I think that's how he spells it) sells these rectifier boards in kit form for $30.
Money well spent.

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#23 1 year ago

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#24 1 year ago

Wow beautiful work so far! Gonna favorite this thread.

#25 1 year ago

That cabinet looks dam nice! Great work. Makes me want a Seawitch even more now. Following for sure...

#26 1 year ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

Playfield needs a ton of work. It has been stripped and shipped to Neo for paint.

I have a question about post-heights on Seawitch that you may be able to answer given you must have recorded them before you stripped the playfield: On mine, there were many non-original posts, most of which I was able to suss out and replace properly, but in the area above the return-lanes on both sides I'm not sure if they should be short 1" or tall 1-3/16".

Tall posts all-round would seem to be indicated for two reasons:
- The sling-shots are all tall posts, so you would think you'd like the return-lane guard posts to be tall to match
- The left-side posts above the return-lane guard area are backing a drop-target bank, and thus need to be tall posts to prevent the ball from hopping up and hitting the plastic shield, and you generally have posts of all the same height for a given plastic

That being said, I tried putting all tall posts in these locations, but there were two issues:
- The plastic shield on the right-side ends up looking a bit strange as it is raised up above the level of the wooden shooter-lane divider
- The left-most post which takes an acorn nut is so close to the left-wall that the plastic shield is bending uncomfortably much when using a tall post.

On the left-side I have currently put short posts only on the lower-most three, and all others being "tall" 1-3/16" posts. On the right-side, I have used all "short" 1" posts, including the single post guarding the return-lane (photos attached).

Can you describe what your game has/had in this area? Thanks very much!

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#27 1 year ago

I will check.
Boards cleaned and installed over new ground sheet.
Sound board recapped.

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#29 1 year ago

I'll let u know. Probably won't have pf back til August.
Refinished lamp board. Installed LEDs as I will be using the conversion kit on this machine.

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#30 1 year ago

Are you going to print out new labels for inside the head?

#31 1 year ago

Do you know where to find them?
Inkochnito didn't have them.

#32 1 year ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

Do you know where to find them?
Inkochnito didn't have them.

I thought he did. My Seabitch is an unmolested virgin. Perhaps I can carefully pull the labels & scan for his site.

#33 1 year ago

That would be great. Let me know if u do.

3 months later
#34 1 year ago

Backglass in from BGResto.

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#35 1 year ago

Beautiful! Makes me want to pull my Seawitch out of the corner of the garage and get to work!

2 months later
#36 1 year ago

Playfield back from Neo. Great job on a very distressed pf.

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#37 1 year ago
Quoted from Jjsmooth:

Playfield back from Neo. Great job on a very distressed pf.

Looks fantastic! So are you keeping this when completed, or?

2 weeks later
#38 11 months ago

Pf repopulated, back in the cabinet.

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#39 11 months ago

I installed ice blue LEDs in all GI. Should make for a nice effect.

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#40 11 months ago

Yeah those LEDs are pretty much the same color as the art. Good idea!

#41 11 months ago

Turned out awesome, would love to find a nice Seawitch someday.

1 week later
#42 11 months ago

Added the led strips (ice blue) around the pop area as well. I dig it.

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