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Pinball Rehab

pinball repair and restoration

 
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Pinduino
A couple of guys at Professor Pinball (Wes and Eric) have come out with what is probably the coolest pinball mod I've come across. Even better is that it's not only a mod, but a toolkit that allows you to develop your own one of a kind mods which interact with game play. Mere words cannot describe how cool it is, so feel free to check out the video before reading the rest of the article. Their product, called Pinduino, allows you to sense if a solenoid or flasher has been turned on and...
 
 
Premium Pinballs
While a pinball game isn't of much use without pinballs, they are also your playfield's worst enemy. A scratched, pitted pinball is the equivalent of rubbing sandpaper across the playfield. So clearly spending a few bucks on premium pinballs is a wise investment, but which premium pinball is the best and how frequently should they be replaced? The intent of this article is to answer those questions. Unfortunately though you can't accurately examine the condition of a pinball with the naked eye (see Images 1 and 2), so Calico1997 used a Proscope HR microscope...
 
 
Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide
Not all playfields need to be restored. If it's a player's game, if there's a single small wear spot by the ball drop or if you simply don't have the required skill set, just leave it alone. There is no shame in having a game that shows its age. Only you can decide if you have the mechanical and artistic skills to tackle a complete playfield restoration. There is also no shame in admitting you don't, but there is in having posts like the following made in regards to your work. "I've got...
 
 
Restoring Cabinet Graphics - Overview
There are several techniques available when restoring damage to cabinet graphics. Which one you use depends on how the graphics where originally applied, the type of damage and the complexity of the graphics. The purpose of this article is to help you decide which is the best approach for your situation and link to the appropriate techniques. This article is oriented towards major graphics repair requiring creating decals or stencils. For repairing cabinet graphics damage by painting with a brush or airbrush see this article. Types of Cabinet Graphics Many...
 
 
Rebuilding Flippers
Most games haven't had the flippers rebuilt in years and yet it's one of the easiest ways to improve game play. In most cases two flipper rebuild kits will cost you less than $50 and the time investment is also minimal--a couple of hours. Note: This procedure requires some basic soldering skills (see references). Flipper Overview and Variations While all flippers are very similar in design there are a few variations. In Image 1 you can see an exploded parts diagram for a flipper used in Williams Fliptronics games. Image...
 
 
Soldering Tutorials
If you want to learn how to solder, or improve your soldering skills, check out our basic and advanced soldering tutorials, including videos. The Basic Soldering Tutorial and Basic Desoldering Tutorial are oriented towards beginners who want to repair wiring or replace solenoids, diodes and switches. Both are structured to get you soldering quickly and properly and include quizzes to measure your progress. Our three part advanced series is oriented towards hobbyists with some soldering experience who want to move on to repairing pinball circuit boards. The first tutorial, Advanced Soldering - Tools and Supplies, provides you...
 
 
Electronics Repair Tutorials
This is a seven part series to help those new to pinball, or new to repairing solid state devices. Each tutorial is written at a beginner level and intended to build upon the previous. Following are brief descriptions of each. Basic Electronics -- Covers the basic concepts of electricity, including AC and DC circuits. Covers the concepts of voltage, current and resistance and their interrelationship. Introduces some common components and how to test them including resistors, capacitors, fuses and coils/solenoids. Provides a list of common circuit symbols. Transistors...
 
 
Switch Matrix - Theory and Troubleshooting
All solid state pinball's use a switch matrix and although the actual implementation may vary slightly, the theory and troubleshooting are the same. The purpose of the switch matrix is to reduce the number of driver circuits form 64 to 16 and minimize playfield wiring. This is achieved by pulsing each column sequentially while monitoring all of the rows. This is why the column is called the strobe, or send side, and the row is called the return side. For a list of common problems and troubleshooting, you can jump to this section...
 
 
Pinball Buyers Guide
So you've decided to buy your first pinball. Most people enter this process with both excitement and some trepidation. We've put together the following articles to guide you through the process and hopefully make buying your first pinball both fun and successful. Deciding What Pinball Game to Buy This guide will walk you through the five factors you should evaluate to determine which type of game you should buy. What's a Pinball Worth This guide will point you toward the resources for general pinball pricing. In addition the...
 
 
Pinball Wax
There is probably no more contentious discussion on the Internet than the best wax to use on a pinball playfield. So before I enter the fray, let me say your choice depends to some degree on your objective. If you're going for a mirror-like finish, you can't beat a carnauba wax. Carnauba is graded by color, purity and where it was grown. The highest grade is yellow carnauba from Northern Brazil. Contrary to all the labeling that states, "Pure Carnauba Wax," the most expensive carnauba waxes only contain about 30% carnauba since the...
 
 
 
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