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Ultimate Playfield Restore - Advanced Repair
This is part three of a six part series on doing a high-end playfield restoration. This article covers advanced repair topics like fixing insert ghosting. For an overview of the process see the Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide. Fixing Insert Ghosting Repairing Gouges Shooter Lane Fixing Insert Ghosting Insert Ghosting is where the clear coat has pulled away from the plastic and now you see the air gap between the back of the clear coat and the face of the insert (see Image 1)....
 
 
Ultimate Playfield Restore - Repairing Inserts
This is part two of a six part series on doing a high-end playfield restoration. This article covers resolving insert problems. For an overview of the process see the Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide. Removing Inserts Sanding Inserts Cleaning Insert Hole Installing Inserts Raising Inserts Insert Decals Questions and Answers Removing Inserts Before we pull an insert out from the playfield, we want to be sure it does not lift any of the surrounding artwork. ...
 
 
Magic Eraser
The magic behind the Magic Eraser is the fact that its one and only ingredient, melamine foam, has a structure like fine fiberglass strands that gets down into cracks and removes dirt and grit. This allows for removal of that infamous black grit with less abrasion than other techniques. This product is great for cleaning up ball swirl marks, planking and ball tracks. In the case of planking or ball swirl marks the area will need to be coated with lacquer (older machines) or clear coat to prevent further damage. Magic Erasers are...
 
 
Removing Ball Swirl Marks with Magic Eraser
The best way to remove ball swirl marks is with a Magic Eraser and isopropyl alcohol. The magic behind this method is the fact that melamine foam has a structure like fine fiberglass strands that gets down into cracks and removes dirt and grit. The Magic Eraser approach provides a more effective, and safer, method than sanding or polishing. With the latter approaches it is necessary to work the area until the crack has been (pretty much) completely removed. At that point though you will more than likely have also removed playfield artwork. ...
 
 
Pre-Wax Cleaners
Automotive pre-wax cleaners are designed to remove contaminants that normal cleaning leaves behind (see Image 1). They also do an unbelievable job on pinball playfields for deep cleaning and removal of that infamous black grit. Most, including the ones listed here, are non-abrasive. For enamel and lacquer finishes Collinite Liquid Sapphire PreWax Cleaner is a non-abrasive cleaner that will remove old wax, ground in dirt, film, discoloration and wax stains. For playfields with automotive clear coat Pinnacle Paintwork Cleansing Solution uses a combination of gloss-enhancing oils and micro-fine fillers to polish your...
 
 
Repairing Minor Cabinet Damage
I'm always amazed when someone goes to the trouble of doing touch-up paint on a cabinet but doesn't properly prepare the surface (see Image 1). No matter how well you match the paint and gloss, the repair will stand out like a sore thumb if you don't level and smooth the surface. On the other hand, if you've ever tried to repair shallow cabinet damage (a divot) or scratches with wood putty it is not easy and requires fairly aggressive sanding. Which of course we would prefer to avoid in order to preserve the surrounding...
 
 
Dolphin Glaze
Dolphin Glaze is a two part polyester putty used for the final skimming of minor imperfections. Since it is auto-leveling (the standard version) easy to sand and can be brushed, poured or applied with a squeegee, it's great for playfield and cabinet finishing repair. Dolphin Glaze High Viscosity is a thicker version that can be used on vertical surfaces. The high viscosity version has more strength than the standard version. In general think of Dolphin Glaze as a smoother, softer and easier to use version of putty. Kind of like a thick...
 
 
Microfiber Cloth
I frequently suggest using microfiber cloth, or towels, when cleaning your pinball game. The reason is they help lift away grit that other towels won't, and therefore prevent scratching your playfield, plastics or cabinet. A combination of ultra-fine fibers and static (technically Van der Walls force) make this magic happen. See this article if you want to learn more about how they work. While they can be cleaned and reused there are a few caveats to ensure they don't loose their magic. Pre-soak in a bucket of warm water and...
 
 
Custom Game Cards
One of the easiest, and nicest looking, mods you can make on your pinball is to install custom pricing and instruction cards. The good news is that you don't even need to be artistic since there are a wide variety of custom game cards available on the Internet. Following are a couple of good sites to check out (also Google the name of your pinball and "game cards" or "instruction cards" or "pricing cards." All are free except the Pinball Center illuminated cards (see this article for more info). Pinball Rebel...
 
 
Repairing Alkaline Battery Damage
I see a lot of CPU boards where battery damage is not being treated properly and as a result the alkali continues to eat away at the traces on the board. Eventually it eats through a trace, the board fails and it's sent out for repair (often after being damaged further in an attempt to repair it). This is a preventable issue which has been turned into a major issue. It is important to note that a lot of board repair guys won't take boards with major alkaline damage since it takes more time to repair...
 
 
 
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