(Topic ID: 172301)

What do you use to polish pinballs?

By hisnice

2 years ago

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    #1 2 years ago

    I remember several years ago that someone was selling some media that you put in a tumbler and it made pinball look mirrorized and extra shiny/smooth. But I can't remember the name and find it (if it still exists).

    So, what do you use?

    And I need to buy various rubbers, so where's the best place to stock up?


    #2 2 years ago

    White Diamond polish:


    You can buy it at most auto parts stores in the polish/wax section.

    #3 2 years ago
    Quoted from hisnice:

    And I need to buy various rubbers, so where's the best place to stock up?


    #4 2 years ago

    I don't polish pinballs. Especially if they're used ones. Used balls will simply wear down a playfield. And if you tumble them, they will not come out perfectly round.

    Wipe off the oil, put a little wax on them, and you're ready to go.

    A lot of folks like the balls from pinballlife.com (when they are in stock).

    #5 2 years ago

    Buy rubbers and pinballs from Terry at PBL. When the pinballs get scratched and dirty, I put them in my gum dispenser.

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    #6 2 years ago

    I polish by placing an order to Terry for new ones

    #7 2 years ago

    A cotton buffing wheel on a motorized grinder, Flitz (if you don't have Diamond), a good strong set of leather gloves with rubber grip, and ten minutes available per ball. Balls will come out quite shiny, unless heavily scratched initially.

    Skip the tumbler, if you want a controlled finish in a much shorter time.

    The only further requirement is personal boredom.

    $0.75 a good ball (bought in bulk) is generally worth the cost.

    #8 2 years ago

    Mine get polished when I throw them in the garbage.

    #9 2 years ago

    If the ball I'm using isn't scratched up, l simply apply a little wax and play, otherwise replace.

    #10 2 years ago

    I use Autosol chrome/metal polish. I have set up my drill as a polisher (clamped on its side) with a cylinder polishing buff you can buy at any auto store. It takes me a couple of minutes to get an old ball to look like brand new.
    When polishing I let the ball rotate slightly between my fingers to get an even finish.

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    #11 2 years ago

    Thanks everyone! But just out of curiosity, does anyone remember the balls/media that I'm talking about?

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