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Solderless Quick Splice Connector
While it is best to solder splices when adding a pinball mod requiring a power source, a quick splice connector is a good alternative. The connector uses the same approach as an IDC connector and is a good choice when soldering is not your strongest suite. The wire you are splicing onto is placed in the first groove on the connector (no cutting of the wire required) and the new wire is inserted into the second groove. Squeeze the connector shut and your done. You can find them at Amazon or most auto stores....
 
 
Addams Family Cloud Topper Lighting
The cloud topper light kit from Lee's Parts is a must have for your Addams Family. I have seen other cloud kits but recommend this one since the LED's mount to the top of the cabinet and the light is directed up giving a very cool blue glow. The LED string comes with the choice of alligator clips or an IDC connector for 12 volts and ground. I strongly recommend the IDC connector based on my experience with alligator clips coming loose and shorting out. The kit comes with good installation instructions. ...
 
 
Uncle Fester Mod on Addams Family
I'm not a huge fan of mods, other than lighting, but if you have an Addams Family pinball the Uncle Lester mod from Pinball Pro is a must have. Firstly the electric chair looks pretty empty. Plus if you're familiar with the show Uncle Fester with a lit bulb in his mouth is iconic. The mod is well made and has a LED light that can be connected to either the red or yellow light on the electric chair. It comes with directions that should be sufficient for most pinballers. Although the directions include...
 
 
Recreating Playfield or Cabinet Graphics
This article will walk you through duplicating cabinet or decal graphics using a camera or scanner. Both approaches can be used to create either decals, stencils or silkscreens. Although I should add that you can get a good VuPoint Magic Wand Scanner for under $100 and the scanner method will be more accurate than the camera method. For more info, see Restoring Cabinet Graphics - Overview, which covers the different types of pinball cabinet graphics and provides an overview of the restoration process. Links are then provided to individual articles (like this one) that...
 
 
Creating and Applying Vinyl Decals
This article covers using vinyl decals to repair cabinet graphics that are so severely mangled there is no choice but to cut away the damaged area. The same technique is appropriate when a portion of decal has been peeled off during moving, or some other such misadventure. Since the graphics in this case are dithered (small colored dots used to create the illusion of more colors used in the printing process) it's impossible to recreate the look with paint (see Image 2). When replacing graphics that have to be cut-out it's best to use...
 
 
Papilio Supplies
Normally I introduce specific products here, but Papilio Supplies has such a great range of graphic supplies that I thought I'd cover them all, or at least some of my favorites. For printing water slide decals with an inkjet or laser printer they sell clear and white water slide decal paper. In addition you will want to get their fixative (completes the waterproofing process), decal mounting fluid (improves bond and allows repositioning of decal) and squeegee for applying the decal. For those cases where you need a thicker decal they offer an inkjet white...
 
 
VuPoint Magic Wand Scanner
The best way to recreate detailed pinball graphics is with a wand type scanner (see Image 1). Wand scanners provide a much cleaner image than a camera and do not induce perspective problems. Therefore the image is much easier to work with and requires less processing. I got the VuPoint in the photo on sale for $75 and it will scan at 300, 600 and 900 dpi. I have not tried other brands, but they are all priced under $100 and work similarly. I have found 600 dpi more than sufficient for creating...
 
 
Creating and Applying Water Slide Decals
You will find many cases where a water slide decal is the best way to repair pinball cabinet or playfield damage. This approach is appropriate where the substrate (playfield or cabinet decal) is in good physical condition and you want to minimize the thickness of the decal. For example, when the colors on a cabinet decal are faded. Although you could do this repair with a stencil or silk screen it would require one stencil for the red and one for the black. Plus I had a brand new wand scanner I'd purchased and...
 
 
Pinball Lubrication
Whenever you shop out your pinball game it's a good idea to clean and lubricate any metal to metal pivot points. Contrary to some popular pinball myths, modern lubricants are not flammable and will not gunk up and freeze the joint. The problem in the latter case isn't the grease anyways but the fact it typically hasn't been changed in twenty years. It's still a good idea though to use a high quality lubricant like the Super Lube PTFE products that will not gunk up and in fact repel dirt (see references). Do not...
 
 
Pinball Lubricants
Contrary to some popular pinball myths it's OK, and in fact recommended, to lubricate metal to metal pivot points on your pinball game. The key is to use a good quality grease or oil. Super Lube makes a grease and an oil with PTFE (a newer version of Teflon) that are non-flammable, will not gunk up and repel dirt (see the following excerpt from their spec sheet). Super Lube® Grease is a patented synthetic NLGI grade 2 heavy-duty, multipurpose lubricant with PTFE. Synthetic base fluids and the addition of PTFE micro powders combine to form...
 
 
 
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