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Vid's Guide to Ultimate Playfield Restoration

By vid1900

8 years ago

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Post #7 Playfield damage assessment. Posted by vid1900 (8 years ago)

Post #8 Insert damage assessment. Posted by vid1900 (8 years ago)

Post #34 How to sand your new inserts flat. Posted by vid1900 (8 years ago)

Post #35 Cleaning old glue out of the insert holes. Posted by vid1900 (8 years ago)

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#20 8 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

Light up inserts from the front with a flashlight and check each one for damage. You want to look from the back because there will be less to distract your eye.
You can sometimes reinforce a broken insert with epoxy and chopped glass fibers, but if you are putting a lot of work into a machine, you probably want to order new inserts from Gene at Illinois Pinball.

Illinois Pinball doesn't have inserts on their website...?

#22 8 years ago

Heh, sort of hard to acquire game specific parts with that system.

#27 8 years ago

Could you describe your method for sanding the individual inserts? I'm picturing something like an upturned belt sander and holding the insert with vice grip.

#29 8 years ago

Ah, yes, that's probably safer. Now that I think about it the belt sander is probably way too much for plastic.

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#82 8 years ago

I agree with Captain Neo to a certain extent. Nobody starts out as a master restorer. And nobody is going to pay a master 4 figures to restore most games. If we didn't have different levels of restoration then 90% of pins would never get restored at all. That's why nearly all of the master restorations are from the same pool of 15 or so titles. They are the only ones with a market value that makes this sort of expense worthwhile.

All beaten up pins deserve restoration love. The only question is how much is reasonable given the market value and play quality of a given game.

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#231 8 years ago

I recently tried buying an HF compressor.

First tank had a hole in it that whistled like a tea kettle. I returned it the same day.

Second tank popped a hole on a weld spot the first time it was full and shot a piece of shrapnel into my drywall.

There was no third HF compressor.

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