(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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#1796 5 years ago

Hi Vid -
I had wanted to weigh in with thanks for all you do, and the advice you offer.

I did want to ask your opinion on backglasses. Do you recommend any treatment to the back side of the glass if it is in good condition? I know some spray Triple-Thick on the back. I have a couple glasses in good, original condition and I would like to keep them that way. But I wouldn't want a layer of triple-thick or 2pac to cause more damage down the road

1 year later
#3052 3 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

Yemen, my boss thinks it's funny.
I am earning 3x my normal salary, so.....yeah.

So you really are in Yemen? I thought it was a joke - part of the Vid1900 mystique. As in, take a globe, put one finger where you actually are and another finger on the opposite side. And the answer is Yemen! Pause for laughter.

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#3248 3 years ago

Saw this at Harbor Freight this weekend. On sale for 5 bucks. Thought it looked good for playfield teardowns.IMG_20160611_150215029_(resized).jpg

#3249 3 years ago

So, I've read this entire thread twice. I have an HP 4600 scanner, airbrushes, Createx paint. I have spray guns, filters, dryers for the compressor. I have clear coat. I have an ALPS printer and laserjet clear waterslide decal paper and I have Adobe Photoshop 7.0.

Wish me luck. The paint is crumbling away as I speak


2 months later
#3503 3 years ago

Hi - wanted to comment on the Gradient tool instructions from a while back:

I have been working to clean up in photoshop my trashed DE Batman. On this part, you can see on the stairway and columns on the right have a brown, gradient-dot pattern
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After a few, fun-filled hours of cleaning up the imperfections and rebuilding Batman, and Vicky Vale
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This would probably be good enough... but I wanted to do better. I traced out the area, and following the instructions, drew, and redrew the gradient about 5 times, before it finally locked on
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Very happy with the result!

8 months later
#4357 2 years ago

For those who have wondered about spot-clearing. I attempted this with a Kings of Steel. It is a decent player's game but the arch was absolutely roached
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I scanned this area, then painted the bare wood black. The file I cleaned in photoshop, and printed with my Alps on a waterslide decal.
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The end result I would say is... OK. Maybe 90% improved.
Masking the clear did leave an edge. Also I was afraid to buff this out, in that I would risk burning through the silk-screen in the masked areas.

It's better, but I don't know that I would do it again.

#4359 2 years ago

I didn't try to feather it. In retrospect, that would have been worth a try. The old paint wasn't too flaky.

I used a cheap, HF airbrush to spray the clear. I felt that actually did work pretty well for small, thin, spot-layers. That method I do want to try again for my next, full playfield restore.

#4367 2 years ago

My ALPS printer. In this photo, if you look closely, you can see the white print
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In progress..
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end result
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the process needs some tweaking, but I'm getting better at it

7 months later
#5420 2 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

^ I only have Photoshop, so hopefully somebody will be an Elements expert and chime in.

I've tried using Elements. It's not especially useful or intuitive - more for doctoring / filtering photos. Honestly, using MS Paint would be more useful for decals. And that's not saying much.

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