I am back to restoring the RF after I picked up a Flight 2000, so that I would have a pin that I could play while the RF is down. Wow, going from EM to SS is like going from acoustic to electric, such a different experience. I got side tracked with the F2K fixing a machine gunning flipper (which I first fixed by putting in an EM Bally flipper coil, but then switched out with a proper one After I learned that EM flipper coils in SS games are a bad idea) and a busted spinner gate arm. And I thought the EM schematics were crazy, but the F2K schematics are four times as crazy. But I got my first soldering done on the F2K flipper coil, so now I think I’m ready to go to town on the RF.
I am leveling inserts and cleaning the playfield of the RF to get it ready for touch ups. Since I am going to clear coat it afterward, it is okay for the inserts to slightly cupped or lifted, right? The cupped ones get filled in, and the lifted ones will level out after a few layers of the clear, right? In the pics the first (closest to edge) insert is cupped, the middle is level, and the third (from the outside) is lifted. It is almost imperceptible to the eye, but it can be easily felt by touch.
How do you get the pop bumper off this RF?
john_in_nc: you say you touched up about 75 percent. It looks like you repainted whole blocks of color. I was thinking that I would have to do this as well on the RF, because it would likely not look right if I tried to match color to something off and faded and then tried to feather the touch up into the rest of the block of the same color? So I’m assuming you decide to just repaint entire blocks of color. Do you have a method for making the black boarder lines crisp?
Also, here is a general question on playfield restoration: If you are not going to be restoring anything under the playfield, how do you decide what to leave on the playfield before you do the clear. Take the pop number for example. I could not figure out how to get it off. Maybe if I take it out, I end up with a stripped screw or thread. I don’t have to take it off to do the touch up because there is no touch up necessary near it. Can I leave it on and do the clear coat around it. What about the wire ball guides? I heard those are not easy to reinstall. Shouldn’t I be leaving as much on the playfield as possible?
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