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Vid's Guide to Ultimate Playfield Restoration


By vid1900

6 years ago



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#6701 27 days ago
Quoted from mark532011:

I don't see an easy way to put down a layer of clear and sand it smooth when there are dozens of "hills" - if I hammer them in, will they stay? I don't see any easy way to cut the top off without messing up the graphics around them.

Tap those high spots down. Use a red scuff pad and scuff up your playfield before laying down your base layer of 2PAC. Make sure you do not have any shinny spots on your playfield. The 2PAC (automotive clear coat) needs a good surface to adhere to.

#6702 27 days ago
Quoted from mark532011:

I am looking for ideas on my Target Pool. When I stripped the pf, I noticed almost every hole is bulged up, in some cases, splintered a bit. I don't see an easy way to put down a layer of clear and sand it smooth when there are dozens of "hills" - if I hammer them in, will they stay? I don't see any easy way to cut the top off without messing up the graphics around them.[quoted image][quoted image]

Hammer them in , they will stay down .
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/vids-guide-to-ultimate-playfield-restoration/page/20#post-1802904

#6703 24 days ago
Quoted from PinballAir:

You have it stripped and cleaned....
If it were me I would clear coat it.
It would not get any worse and would be ready to be restored should you or someone else decide to do it.

Cleared it this weekend, some ripples in the clear from the planking. Seriously considering some block sanding and hitting it with another can. Looks great and I rolled a ball across with no notable impact on travel or noise but my OCD is kicking hard. I should just leave it alone.

#6704 24 days ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Cleared it this weekend, some ripples in the clear from the planking. Seriously considering some block sanding and hitting it with another can. Looks great and I rolled a ball across with no notable impact on travel or noise but my OCD is kicking hard. I should just leave it alone.

Block sand it.

#6705 24 days ago

Go for it. Why not? A little
Sandpaper, naptha and a $22 Can of 2k.
You'll be happy you did.
Cliff

#6706 22 days ago
Quoted from vid1900:

Blow off any sanding dust and then clean out the insert and the surrounding area with Naphtha. Once you clean it with Naphtha, don't get any oily fingerprints or dust near the insert.
Put your respirator on and find a glass substrate to mix the 2PAC on. You can use an upside down pickle jar.
Using 2 different glass eyedroppers, drip the correct ratio of Clear & Hardener onto the mixing surface.
Remember not to get even a single drop of hardener into the can of clear, or the whole can of clear will become a cube of plastic in a month. This is why we use 2 different eye droppers.
Depending on how many inserts you have to fill, you need to mix up your clear, by counting drops. Each insert might need 12 drops of clear, so your ratio might be 10 drops clear : 5 drops hardener.
Use the fastest curing hardener you can for this. The faster it cures, the less chance of any outgassing from the insert (more on this latter).
Mix up the clear and then let it sit for 5 minutes to allow any bubbles to dissipate.
Draw the clear up into an eyedropper without creating any bubbles.
"Draw" around the edge of the insert with the clear, so as you fill it, the clear will climb to the very top edge.
Overfill the insert slightly, it will get sanded flush.
Suck out, or drag out any air bubbles with the eyedropper.
You can fill in the valley between the inserts and the playfield with this same technique.
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Once the 2PAC had hardened, you can then sand it flat with the rest of the playfield.

Can I use mineral spirits instead of naphtha?
Can I use plastic syringes instead of glass eyedroppers for the 2PAC?
Thanks.

#6707 20 days ago
Quoted from Gott1978:

Can I use mineral spirits instead of naphtha?
Can I use plastic syringes instead of glass eyedroppers for the 2PAC?
Thanks.

Plastic syringes are ok but you have better control with a glass or plastic eyedropper .
Naphtha is a proven and trusted medium to use on a playfield. I may be wrong but Mineral spirits may contain some percentage of water which is not desirable.

#6708 20 days ago
Quoted from phototamer:

Plastic syringes are ok but you have better control with a glass or plastic eyedropper .
Naphtha is a proven and trusted medium to use on a playfield. I may be wrong but Mineral spirits may contain some percentage of water which is not desirable.

Mineral spirits or paint thinner dry more slowly. They might not be as clean as plain naptha.

#6709 19 days ago

I generally fill by using the drips from the stirring stick

#6710 18 days ago
Quoted from PinballAir:

Go for it. Why not? A little
Sandpaper, naptha and a $22 Can of 2k.
You'll be happy you did.
Cliff

Filling the low spots in boss, filling them in.

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#6711 18 days ago

Shakin' the bush,boss.
Shakin' the bush.

It's all starts simply enough.
I will just clear it........
Before you know it , full blown restoration.
Better order you low tack brisket now.

#6712 18 days ago
Quoted from PinballAir:

Shakin' the bush,boss.
Shakin' the bush.
It's all starts simply enough.
I will just clear it........
Before you know it , full blown restoration.
Better order you low tack brisket now.

Mmmmmm, brisket!

#6713 18 days ago
Quoted from PinballAir:

Before you know it , full blown restoration.

Trust me, a distinct possibility. If it was winter that would be the case but this time of year I don't have the luxury.

#6714 18 days ago

Brisket. LOL.
Breeking spill chick

#6715 18 days ago

Much better! Going to let it set overnight, lightly block sand it in the morning and shoot a final coat. Much better than the first can.

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#6716 17 days ago

Looks awesome.

#6717 17 days ago
Quoted from PinballAir:

Looks awesome.

This morning after light sanding and final coat.

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#6718 17 days ago

Finally finished time to enjoy. Started as a deep cleaning on my DH but then went the extra, well worth it. The project ran about 4 months but since I’m retired with health issues I had the time. I dismantled everything and sanded bottom of playfield and added a couple coats of polycrylic. I restored the inside of cabinet as well. I ended up fixing eject holes and did some minor airbrush. I took it to my friends paint shop for some clear coats of 2 pac. I sanded buffed and waxed playfield to a glass finish. I cleaned and polished parts as good as possible with what I had. I did repair on plugs and pins on PCB for g.i.. I also added a drop target and am very pleased with that. I added cliffys and mirror blades. This DH looks about as good or better then the first day it rolled out. This is my only pin but I found myself enjoying the challenges and proud of myself of the final outcome.
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#6719 15 days ago

Volley is now depopulated. A few minor touchups, key lines, insert leveling, then shoot.

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#6720 15 days ago

That's in nice shape.
It is a nice playfield to start with.

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#6721 3 days ago

I finished the clear! Here is a YouTube of the result.

#6722 3 days ago

Looks sweet!

#6723 3 days ago
Quoted from D-Gottlieb:

I finished the clear! Here is a YouTube of the result.

Really fine !

#6724 3 days ago

Just a little improvement! Making progress again..

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#6725 2 days ago

That's a huge difference.
That will keep it from deteriorating any further no matter how many games you play.

#6726 2 days ago
Quoted from PinballAir:

That's a huge difference.
That will keep it from deteriorating any further no matter how many games you play.

Yup. The clearcoat looks great, I had to take the picture at the angle that I did because the shop lights were blinding off it.. even with half the lights off. I have some insert backsides to clean, finish flipper assembly, double check all contacts and install new bulbs and I'm done with the playfield.

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