(Topic ID: 33446)

Vid's Guide to Ultimate Playfield Restoration

By vid1900

7 years ago

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

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

Post #34 How to sand your new inserts flat. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

Post #35 Cleaning old glue out of the insert holes. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

Post #38 Prime the insert with 3M Plastic Primer before gluing. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

Post #60 Repairing Insert Ghosting - fill, clean, remove bubbles, cover. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

Post #61 Repairing Insert Ghosting - clamp overnight. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

Post #76 Source for needles - https://www.dispensinglink.com/needles.html Posted by rancegt (7 years ago)

Post #84 Air brush information. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

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#2313 4 years ago

Hi Vid.

I removed sunk insert from Champions Pub and sanded it flat. It looked okay until I applied decal which made it too transparent compared to other inserts. How would you make it not to stand out?


#2315 4 years ago

That would probably have been right way to do it, but it was so loose and missing chips so I thought I should glue it properly. Also I would like to know how to deal with similar issues if I have to replace transparent inserts.

3 months later
#2725 4 years ago
Quoted from Robotoes:

Hey Vid,
I'm wondering if you have any tips for removing small bits of frisket adhesive leftover on repainted surfaces. I've gotten some patches recently that have left some behind after removal. Will a little naptha on a q-tip work for this?

I have had same problem, Createx frisket leaves some residue every now and then. I wipe it off with silicone removal, what I think is pretty close to naphtha (since I can´t find naphtha in Finland). No need to be too careful, it doesn't remove paint.

#2740 4 years ago

Do you think its necessary to polish inserts before applying waterslide decals? Before last coat I have sanded playfield flat with 800 grit wet paper, applied decals and shot final coat of clear. Transparent parts of decals disappear after clearcoating. Is there some downside when done this way?

Do you wet sand between coats?

2 weeks later
#2766 4 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

Scan the area before you start, so you can print waterslide decals to restore the black keylining.

How would you do white letters?

1 week later
#2781 4 years ago
Quoted from packie1:

I have cleared my PF, but I need to spray some areas white in order to lay down some clear decals to get the right look. Do I need to clear the white before applying the decals? I was hoping to skip that step.

I'm interested to hear how this worked out.

5 months later
#3351 3 years ago

Hi Vid!

I had a case where a few inserts on Champions Pub were damaged while removing mylar. It looked really good when I filled them with 2pac, I put a clamp and next morning results wasnt as good as I expected. I tried adding some clear with very little success. How would you fix this and can it be done without stripping and clearing whole playfield?


#3385 3 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

It's hard to tell what happened from that dark picture.
Am I seeing air bubbles??
Need better pics

Yes, it seems there is air mixed with clear.


#3387 3 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

When you clamped it, did you use a rubber block to distribute the pressure?
You can use an Xacto knife to open up each bubble and inject some more clear.

Yes, first time softer block and second time harder, same results.

I also tried injecting more clear, but that didnt work. I thougt this would be pretty straightforward job, but it seems that clear shrunk too much while hardening. I live in Finland and I dont have access to exact brands you recommended.

I think I'll have to scrape clear off, apply new graphics, fix the yellow surrounding and clear whole playfield.

2 weeks later
#3435 3 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

Just because you have nothing to lose, try **surgically** cutting around the insert text, and the black keyline around the insert with an Xacto blade, and leaving the text behind.

That worked out pretty good. Clear I'm using shrunk so much I had to overfill the insert two times. After polishing the area I sanded the insert dull so it won't stand out compared to others. Saved me a lot of trouble not having to strip down whole playfield. Not perfect, but with glass on you really can't tell it's fixed. Thanks Vid!


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