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What will I need to maintain a pin?

By jacksparrow0112

1 year ago

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    #1 1 year ago

    Greetings Pinside Community,

    I plan on picking up our family's first pin in the near future (Stern Jurassic Park) and want to make sure I am prepared to maintain it for years to come. What equipment/tools/supplies will I need to perform routine maintenance and fix common issues? What type of wear parts will I need to stock up on? Any info you can share is much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

    #2 1 year ago

    On a home use new game you shouldnt need much for the first couple years.

    #3 1 year ago

    Congrats on your first pin!

    Since you are buying a new Stern, little will go wrong. But you'll need some basics like a screwdriver set, a nut driver set, a ratchet set, some cleaning supplies (Novus1/2).

    I used to wax my games when I only had a couple but stopped doing that when my collection grew.

    Pinball Life has a switch gap adjuster which is useful:


    Basically cleaning will be mostly all you'll need to do with a new game like that.

    I still have the first game I ever bought, a Tron Pro in 2012, and I think I might have cleaned/rebuilt the flippers once in the past 8 years for that game. Pinball Life sells flipper rebuild kits, but I wouldn't even feel the need to stock that.

    #4 1 year ago

    Crescent wrenches, 5/16, 1/4 and 3/8. 5/16 most used on my MMR trolls. Sockets for anything else.

    #5 1 year ago

    You won't need to stock up on anything yet. You will, however, need to get rid of other things in your house to make room for your second machine... and third.... and fourth...

    #6 1 year ago

    I recently picked up my first as well, so I have my pre-delivery shopping list handy. As preventative maintenance, I waxed the playfield, installed high quality balls, and mylared a couple of high wear areas before the first game.

    Magnetic nut driver set

    Ninja balls

    Blitz Wax

    Novus 1

    Microfiber Towels

    Slingshot Protective Playfield Mylar
    These are a good size for applying to the shooter lane and outhole. You'll need an x-acto knife for trimming.

    #7 1 year ago

    If you're getting a new Stern I would recommend purchasing extra coil stops.
    They look like this: https://www.pinballlife.com/flipper-coil-stop-for-sternsega.html

    #8 1 year ago

    You also need lots of add on led strip lights, glue or velcro on plastic figures, some sort of topper, a cup holder, powder coating, a cover for your glass, also more expensive glass....I’m sure I’m forgetting something.

    #9 1 year ago

    Other than Novus 1 and wax, nut drivers and a good soldering pencil (and solder) will be the two things you use the most. A small extendable magnet is also handy to retrieve all the nuts and screws you'll drop into the machine, no matter how careful you are.

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from Billy16:

    Other than Novus 1 and wax, nut drivers and a good soldering pencil (and solder) will be the two things you use the most. A small extendable magnet is also handy to retrieve all the nuts and screws you'll drop into the machine, no matter how careful you are.

    Was literally just going to post about the magnet. Life saver. I also really like a good headlamp rather than trying to hold a flashlight. The other posts covered the rest pretty well. Allen wrenches for flipper mechs is the only other thing that stands out. A good ratchet set and screwdrivers will get you pretty far.

    Biggest thing you will need for fixing/maintaining games...patience.

    #11 1 year ago

    Purple Sparkle

    #12 1 year ago

    Don't forget one of these, will save you from a lot of swearing later.

    amazon.com link »

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    #13 1 year ago

    Switch gap adjuster is the biggest tool that is not a "usual tool" that you need to buy. DO NOT USE NEEDLE NOSE PLIERS!

    #14 1 year ago

    Eventually you'll need a multimeter, especially if you're planning on buying any used pins.

    #15 1 year ago

    The first thing you need is what you already have... an account at pinside.com!

    Sure, problems will show up every now and then, but just ask here for help.

    #16 1 year ago

    Replace the balls every so often. Some machines beat the balls up more than others. Once the balls are damaged they return the favor. Replacement time of course varies on how much play the machine gets.

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    #17 1 year ago

    Maybe not the best time to be buying for alot of people but the klein 6 inch magnetic nut driver set is available for 56.10 with free shipping, set is usually closer to 80


    #18 1 year ago

    You can't go wrong with the Klein magnetic nut driver set. An inexpensive set of precision screwdrivers will also come in handy, as well as a pair of long needle nose pliers.

    #19 1 year ago

    Forget where I found this, but here's the master list

    The Master List:

    Power Tools
    Shop Vac
    Cordless Drill
    Assorted Wood/Metal Bits
    Dremel Tool
    6" Bench Grinder
    Berry Mfg Parts Polisher

    Pin Tool Box
    Tool Box with at least 3 levels and a part sorter on top is
    9V Battery (to test bulbs)
    Alligator Clips
    Digital Multi-Meter
    Small Socket Set
    Nut Driver Set
    1/4" Deep Socket
    Large Flat Screwdriver
    Small Flat Screwdriver
    Large Phillips Screwdriver
    Small Phillips Screwdriver
    Screw/Small Part Retriever
    35W Soldering Pencil
    Soldering Stand
    .050 Gauge Solder
    Logic Probe
    Black Electrical Tape
    Jumper Wires w/Alligator Clips
    Slip-Joint Pliers
    Needle Nose Pliers
    Cable Cutters
    Wire Stripper 16-22awg
    Razor Scraper
    Exacto Knife
    Tooth Brush
    Flash Light
    Clamp-On Shop Light
    10' Extension Cord
    Putty Knife
    Detailing Brush
    Index Cards (contact cleaning)
    Paint Markers (assorted colors)
    Super Glue
    Tape Measure
    Allen Wrenches (separate small wrenches are better than an all-in-
    Small Level
    3/4 Round 6" Long Dowel (for pounding inserts back into PF)
    Bulb Removal Tool
    Light Socket Cleaning Stick
    Small Artist Brushes
    Contact Adjustment Tool
    Flexstone Files
    Hard Contact File
    Bamboo Skewers/Tooth Picks (for loose posts)
    Wood Glue
    Circuit Board Removal Tool
    Wrist Grounding Strap
    Cable Ties
    Red and Black 18 and 20 Gauge Project Wire
    Male/Female Crimp-on Quick Disconnects
    Molex Pin Crimper Tool
    Molex Trifurcon Pin Extraction Tool
    Molex .093 Extractor Tool
    Magic Sliders (for moving machines on carpet)

    Cleaning and Painting Supplies
    Pin Skates (for moving game around shop)
    Mean Green or Simple Green cleaners
    Glass Cleaner
    Goo Gone
    Goof Off
    Freeze Spray
    Canned Air
    Novus 1, 2 and 3
    Kit Carnuaba Paste Car Wax
    Isoprophyl Alcohol
    Steel Wool
    Scotch Brite Pads
    600, 1500 and 2000 Grit Wet/Dry Sandpaper (check the automotive
    section of your local mega-store)
    Sanding Block
    Walnut Shell Polishing Media (for Berry polisher)
    High Density Foam Weather Stripping (for lockbar gasket and behind
    standup targets)
    Krylon Triple Thick Clear Spray Paint (for sealing damaged
    Semi-Gloss Black Spray Paint (coin doors)
    Semi-Gloss White Spray Paint (underside of damaged/touched up/repro
    Krylon Semi-Gloss Ivory Spray Paint (for older cabinet touch-ups)
    Semi-Gloss Black Latex Enamel (for newer black cabinets and works
    great on those black Gottlieb side-rails too)
    1" Foam Paint Brushes
    Wood Filler (water base)
    Nevr-Dull Metal Polish

    Common Parts
    Leg Bolts
    Leg Levelers
    Balls (10)
    23/64" Mini-Post Rubber (40)
    27/64" Mini-Post Rubber (40)
    3/16" White Rubber (10)
    5/16" White Rubber (50)
    3/4" White Rubber (10)
    1" White Rubber (10)
    1 1/4" White Rubber (10)
    1 1/2" White Rubber (10)
    2" White Rubber (10)
    2 1/2" White Rubber (10)
    3" White Rubber (10)
    4" White Rubber (10)
    Black Rubber Post Sleeves (10)
    Yellow Rubber Post Sleeves (10)
    1/2" x 1 1/2" Red Flipper Rubber (10)
    3/8" x 1 1/2" Red Flipper Rubber (10)
    1/2" x 1 1/2" Black Flipper Rubber (10)
    3/8" x 1 1/2" Black Flipper Rubber (10)
    Black Shooter Tips (10)
    White Shooter Tips (10)
    #47 Lamps (200)
    #555 Lamps (200)
    #67 Lamps (20)
    #455 Lamps (20)
    #906 Lamps (20)
    Bally Coil Sleeve Assortment (10)
    Gottlieb Coil Sleeve Assortment (10)
    Williams Coil Sleeve Assortment (10)
    Gottlieb Speed Nuts (30)
    Nylon Post Nuts (30)
    Rubber Post Nuts (30)
    Williams Shooter Sleeves (5)
    Gottlieb Shooter Sleeves (5)
    Assorted Inner Shooter Springs (10)
    Outer Shooter Barrel Springs (10)
    Locks (5) 7/8" for coin door
    Heat Shrink Tubing
    Assorted Wood Screws
    Assorted Machine Screws
    Assorted Nuts
    Medium Leaf Switch Blades (10)
    Heavy Leaf Switch Blades (10)
    Gold Flash Switch Contacts (30)
    Hardface Switch Contacts (30)
    Molex .093 Male/Female Pins (100)
    Molex .156 Trifurcon Pins (100)
    Slo-Blo Fuses (5 each of 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 3, 4, 5,
    6 1/4, 7, 8, 10 amp values)
    Fast-Blo Fuses (5 each of 1/2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 20 amp

    Board Repair Bench Tools and Supplies
    Tenma Temperature Controlled Soldering Station
    Digital Multi-Meter
    Panavise Circuit Board Holder
    Swiveling Magnification Lamp
    Small Magnifying Flashlight
    Radio Shack Resistor Value Card
    Close Quarter Nippers/Cutter
    Precision Needle Nose Pliers
    Adjustable Wire Stripper (10-30 awg)
    Tip Tinner Compound
    Soldapult Desoldering Tool
    1 lb .031 gauge rosin core solder
    30 awg wrap wire (board trace repair and jumpers)
    Machine Pin Sockets
    An assortment of all of the common transistors, diodes, resistors,
    capacitors, bridge rectifiers, etc. that are listed in Clay's repair

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