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Why do my pinballs keep rusting


By radfordian3505

5 months ago



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#1 5 months ago

Ok I just finished my complete restoration on my Harlem globetrotters back in may and have put in 2 different balls.1 from pinball life and now ninja and both have became rusty in no time at all.none of my other games have this problem at all. How do I remedy this problem. Do I clean or replace the ball trough on harlem or are just pinballs cheaply manufactured nowadays. Please all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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#2 5 months ago
Quoted from radfordian3505:

Ok I just finished my complete restoration on my Harlem globetrotters back in may and have put in 2 different balls.1 from pinball life and now ninja and both have became rusty in no time at all.none of my other games have this problem at all. How do I remedy this problem. Do I clean or replace the ball trough on harlem or are just pinballs cheaply manufactured nowadays. Please all suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Just to cover all the bases: do you clean off the balls thoroughly when you receive them new? And do you take care not to leave oils from your skin on them when you plunk them down?
Perhaps there are some residual oils in the trough or somewhere on the playfield that the balls are picking up and then causing them to rust?

#3 5 months ago

As you can see my trough is beautiful and dont see anything that would cause this rusting

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#4 5 months ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Just to cover all the bases: do you clean off the balls thoroughly when you receive them new? And do you take care not to leave oils from your skin on them when you plunk them down?
Perhaps there are some residual oils in the trough or somewhere on the playfield that the balls are picking up and then causing them to rust?

I just cleaned this new one with rubbing alcohol to be sure so let's see how this goes

#5 5 months ago

Get some blitz wax and wax them just like you would the playfield. If that doesn't work, send me your Globetrotter and I'll see how my balls do for comparison

#6 5 months ago

Check the humidity % in your house or the room that this machine is in.
Look around the room, is it near an A.C. unit or near the ventilation of a central air vent.
Near a bathroom/shower.
Basements, even if finished can have a higher humidity level.
Try putting a smaller size bucket of "Damprid"
where the coinbox goes and see if that helps.

-Mike

#7 5 months ago

Wax your balls, man!!!

#8 5 months ago

I'm going to assume that you have no general humidity problems or it would affect your others pins. You said you had just finished restoring your pin so I'm going to suggest a possibility, well more like a guess. Perhaps your clear on the PF is still giving off gas and that gas being trapped under the glass has to at least have marginal water in it you're getting rust, or it's a pure chemical reaction to something in the gas. Probably far-fetched but I thought I'd offer it up. Maybe one of the other restore guys have seen this or can chime in.

#9 5 months ago
Quoted from Grizlyrig:

Check the humidity % in your house or the room that this machine is in.
Look around the room, is it near an A.C. unit or near the ventilation of a central air vent.
Near a bathroom/shower.
Basements, even if finished can have a higher humidity level.
Try putting a smaller size bucket of "Damprid"
where the coinbox goes and see if that helps.
-Mike

I'm running 2 smaller dehumidifiers and it stay around 58-60 % the in the summer but never have had any problems with my balls ever.

#10 5 months ago

It is in the basement my game room

#11 5 months ago

Maybe it's orange gunk from the new rubbers and not rust? I have one pin that constantly gets black flecks on the balls from the rubbers.

#12 5 months ago

Will be going to Walmart tomorrow and buying a couple damprid tubs.thanks for the advice. This stuff looks amazing.

#13 5 months ago
Quoted from Neal_W:

Maybe it's orange gunk from the new rubbers and not rust? I have one pin that constantly gets black flecks on the balls from the rubbers.

I wish but these balls are pitted and rusted soooo bad.look like they are over 30 years old in 2 weeks.

#14 5 months ago

are they quality balls ?

#15 5 months ago
Quoted from luch:

are they quality balls ?

Yes they are Ninja's

#16 5 months ago

Is there a metal spot that the balls hit a lot? My Comet eats up balls a lot quicker than my other machines. My assumption is it's caused by high speed hits to the metal guide next to the left flipper.

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