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Pinball Rehab

pinball repair and restoration

 
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Matching Paint Colors
There's nothing worse than a game where someone did some touch-up paint and didn't match the paint color very well (see Image 3). While it does take a good eye to match paint colors there are also some tools and techniques available that will make your life easier. See Images 4 and 5 for an example of some touch-up paint I did on the scoop hole on a Data East Hook. General Advice Not to be sexist here, but women are generally much better at matching colors than guys are. ...
 
 
Online Resources
There are a lot of online resources available to pinballers. Here's a list of some of my favorites. Pinball Parts and Supplies The top three pinball parts sources are: Pinball Life, Marco Specialties and Bay Area Amusements. They are located respectively in the Midwest, East Coast and West Coast. Marco Specialties has the largest selection, Pinball Life tends to be the cheapest and Bay Area Amusements website is difficult to navigate. While all of the three sites mentioned above sell LED's I also like Cointakers. Pin Restore is...
 
 
Clear Coat Scratch Remover
There are several clear coat paint scratch removers on the market that do a great job of repairing playfield cracks caused by raised wood grain. These products are appropriate when the playfield is clear coated and the crack does not extend beyond the clear coat. These products can also be used with deeper scratches where you want to seal and protect your touch-up paint. My favorite is the Turtle Wax Scratch Repair Kit. It includes a clear coat pen, spray lubricant, four sanding pads (2400, 3200, 3600 and 4000 grit) and paint clarifying...
 
 
Mothers Clay Bar Kit
Mothers Clay Kit is used to remove surface contaminants from car paint that normal cleaning won't get off. It is non-abrasive and won't harm a painted surface in good condition. The kit comes with a surface lubricant, clay bar and microfiber towel. Where I use it in regards to pinball is to remove particulate matter that is embedded in small cracks in the playfield created by raised wood grain (also called planking). While it won't always get the job done (depends on the depth and width of the crack) it's always a safe first...
 
 
Repairing Minor Planking in Clear Coated Playfield
It's not uncommon to find planking (hairline cracks) in a clear coated playfield, and repairing it can be a challenge. While in some cases there is no choice but to sand down the area and re-paint there are some less intrusive options that we'll explore in this article. Note: This article is specific to clear coated playfields. Planking can be caused by either shrinkage of the wood as the playfield dries out over time or by temperature or humidity changes that cause the wood fibers to swell (raised grain). The result looks like a thin...
 
 
Editing Graphics with Vector Software
Once you've copied a pinball graphic using a camera or scanner (see references for how to do this) it's time to create a final graphic for publishing. While some will skip the editing step, you are going to get a much more professional looking product with a little editing work. For these examples I'm using CorelDraw X6. It has a very slick tool called PowerTRACE for easily converting bitmap images into vector files. Other vector problems like Adobe Illustrator have similar tools or there are free online services that will convert a bitmap graphic...
 
 
Editing Graphics with Bitmap Software
Once you've copied a pinball graphic using a camera or scanner (see references for how to do this) it's time to create a final graphic for publishing. While some will skip the editing step, you are going to get a much more professional looking product with a little work. For these examples I'm using Corel PaintShop Pro X5 (a bitmap, or raster, editing program). It has a very slick tool called Find All Edges which makes the process about 10 times faster than doing it manually (of course you do give up some accuracy). ...
 
 
Addams Family Power Magnets
Depending on your perspective, the power magnets (see Image 1) on Addams Family are either a cool toy or a pain in the ass (like when the ball is heading towards your right flipper and the magnet shoots it into the outlane). While it's fairly simple compared to most toys there are a couple of things to watch out for. The biggest problem with the magnets is an electronics failure can cause them to lock them, and overheat, which will do serious damage to the playfield. Note the discoloration around the left magnet in Image...
 
 
Pinball Mods - Read Me First
The purpose of this article is to help prevent the all too common problems caused by pinball mods that require a power source (typically 5 volts or 12 volts). While a few manufacturers of mods may test the mod to ensure it doesn't overload a pinball circuit and provide accurate installation instructions, the majority don't. In fact the majority of powered mods leave it up to the installer to decide where to connect the power inputs. Just to be clear, problems caused by mods are frequently posted on pinside.com. They are not a...
 
 
Dracula Mist Multiball
While a very cool toy, the magnet mechanism on Bram Stoker's Dracula can be a challenge to troubleshoot. The first step is to run through the magnet diagnostics (the attached video provides an overview of the Mist Multiball system and the magnet diagnostics). This info combined with your observations during game play should get you pointed in the right direction most of the time. Download mist multiball schematics here. There are a few problems though that can provide erroneous error messages in the magnet test or display themselves in bizarre ways. For example, failure of...
 
 
 
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