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X-Men Wolverine magnet/playfield issue


By MrBellMan

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

I'm working on an X-Men Pro and have an issue with the magnet in front of Wolverine. Not sure if you can tell by the pictures, but the playfield wood by the magnet core is concaved and slopes towards the mushroomed core. Is this normal and has anyone had this happen to their game? Is there a fix? I plan to replace the core on both magnets, but not sure how to address the wood around it.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Rob Bell
Robsgameroom.com

#2 3 years ago

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#3 3 years ago

I've never seen one like this pretty odd. If the the core is mushroomed over the wood you need to take the core out by screwing it up through the PF. Once you get it out and changed put a light adhesive vinyl around it and the area should be protected well enough. They even make black vinyl you can use to cover up any damaged area you don't want seen.

#4 3 years ago

I took out the core and ground the hell out of it and it's really nice now. I re-installed it and added a piece of mylar to cover that area. It's not repaired by any means, but the mylar prevents the ball trap and will protect that area from future wear..

What vinyl are we talking about? Do you have a link?

#5 3 years ago

Probably same stuff your using just any thin Mylar/vinyl will do the trick. The person I bought my XM from used black vinyl I had never used or seen it before just thought it may be useful in your case.

#6 3 years ago

Took a better picture of what I'm dealing with on my Wolverine magnet. I laid a flat piece over the magnet and you can see the light where the wood is sloping. Not sure how the slope to the magnet started, but it's pretty bad. I could really use some advise on how to overcome this without replacing the playfield if possible... Extra large Cliffy?

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#7 3 years ago

What about some washers underneath so the mag core isn't up as far? Is that possible? You might need to buy a new core though. That tends to happen with a lot of use. I had to replace the one on my SM

#8 3 years ago

Thats Effed up, is raised in that same pattern on the bottom of the PF?

#9 3 years ago
Quoted from centerflank:

Thats Effed up, is raised in that same pattern on the bottom of the PF?

Nope! It's still perfect below.

I think it was the years of the magnet core mushrooming and as it got wider (very wide) it pulled the playfield towards itself. Sounds crazy, but that’s the only thing I can think of...

#10 3 years ago
Quoted from MrBellMan:

Nope! It's still perfect below.
I think it was the years of the magnet core mushrooming and as it got wider (very wide) it pulled the playfield towards itself. Sounds crazy, but that’s the only thing I can think of...

Wow, probably going to have to fill the recessed area and paint/clear it unless you just want to swap a new PF in

#11 3 years ago

I've seen it before on a heavy use routed iron man and on the magnet on dirty harry. The core mushroomed over the wood and the kept mushrooming down into the wood compressing the wood fiber. Once it's done it's to late even filling with clear can chip easily because of how thick the clear is. Have to live with it or get a new playfeild. This is why magnet core manitance is so important. I remove and regrind mine once or twice a year and my games don't get much play.

#12 3 years ago

Someone posted a picture of their MET where the Sparky magnet area was just as bad as this Xmen. The magnet core was not mushroomed, but the playfield just sloped in around the magnet. It certainly affected how the ball traveled. He also said Stern would not replace the playfield.

Rob

#13 3 years ago

I would see if Cliffy can make you a bigger custom carbon fibre ring to put around the core to cover the defect. Fill in the divot to support the ring - or maybe just a carbon fibre circle to just cover the whole area including the core. The magnet should still work ok.

Rob

#14 3 years ago

Guess who is replacing his Wolvy magnet tomorrow.

#15 3 years ago

Boy oh boy...

#16 3 years ago

I just grabbed a bunch of new magnet cores from PBL, Terry said they are a bit more "hardened" than what comes stock, I better do Metallica right away as well.

Im glad Stern went to the new style magnet, seems it will have much less PF issues down the road.

#17 3 years ago

Does anyone have a source for a NOS X-Men Pro playfield? Not 100% sure I need it yet, but I want to keep my options open.

Thanks,

Rob Bell
Robsgameroom.com

#18 3 years ago
Quoted from MrBellMan:

Does anyone have a source for a NOS X-Men Pro playfield? Not 100% sure I need it yet, but I want to keep my options open.

I'm sure someone has one lying around. People love to horde shit like that.

#19 3 years ago

it's fixable without to much trouble. adding clearcoat and reforming the wood edges would make that nice and flat again. Probably cheaper than buying a new field.

#20 3 years ago

I'd be tempted to try scanning the area and then filling it with some sort of wood filler. Once you get the area flat you can print out a decal and put it under some mylar to hide the fill. No idea if that would actually work, but if it's unplayable as it is it might be worth a shot before trying to replace the playfield.

Also, there is a local iron man that has this problem with both of the magnets. The operators solution is to just keep filling the divot with epoxy so the ball can't get stuck... But it still launches the balls so the majority of people don't even notice. I am trying to talk them into selling it to me without much luck so far, but if I get it I'll be in the same boat as you.

#21 3 years ago

Thanks for all the input. I have decided to do a NOS playfield swap and be done with it. I like the idea of having it repaired, but I don't have the extra time. This has to be a quick swap!

Thanks,

Rob Bell
Robsgameroom.com

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