(Topic ID: 67258)

Williams Jalopy 1951 Cabinet Colors? Updated

By SteveinTexas

6 years ago

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#1 6 years ago

I completed my repainting project last weekend and got the pinball mechanically finished this weekend. Making and using stencils was not difficult in the end nor perfect but still very pleasing to me. The sanding and filling preparation work was very time consuming but the results were worth it.

i found the 'original' base blue paint with gold fleck under a flipper hand aluminum guard. The paint I used was hand mixed at an auto paint store by a young lady who uses her eyes and didn't write the spec down. If I need more I have to trust her eyes, they were very nice. They then put the paint into spray cans for me (blue and yellow). I recommend this approach instead of buying spray equipment if it is only for pinball cabinets. The other colors black, red and white are acrylic paint and put on by an an air brush.

Thanks for the help from people on the forum for the help I needed finding other owners willing to share information on cabinet and head markings.


#2 6 years ago

Looks like it just left the factory. Bravo!

Excellent work.

#3 6 years ago

Wow, very nice!

I had gotten a nice Jalopy when I first got into the hobby about 13 years ago and really didn't know what I wAs doing mechanically yet to fix the problems and sold it....wish I woulda' waited and found the on line resources available that I did shortly after....another learning lesson. : ) My bg was almost perfect and the repro at the time was done from mine.

Enjoy the game! Love the artwork on the car drivers.

#4 6 years ago

What stain and finish did you use on the wood legs and lockdown?

#5 6 years ago


#6 6 years ago


I have attached a picture of the three products I used. Pretty much followed the instructions on the cans.

I rubbed down the glass wood trim and legs starting with 80 grit sand paper and moved up to 220 grit to finish. I had old blue paint still in deep scars after rubbing down, so I filled them with pecan wood filler, smoothed it of and it was effective. So I guess for the 'purists' the past is captured still in the legs.

Pleased with the results after 3/4 clear coats. The fist stain needs 6 hours to dry but the other coats were quick drying as water based. Easy weekend project.

I have attached the paint I used as a reference also as I was looking for a guide like this for the painting and I didn't follow exactly what I had read about.

I took a set of picture of the stencils in action but i have not copied unless someone is interested. I would mention that I selected to use ".005 mil thick Grafix CLEAR-LAY plastic film" (40"X 12') roll costing $15 squeezes out one cabinet and light box.

#7 6 years ago

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#8 6 years ago

Wow. Incredible! Thanks for sharing.

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