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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...
 
 
Cleaning Pinball Playfield
If you look closely at your playfield your are going to see thousands of tiny scratches. The majority of those scratches were caused by improper cleaning. So when cleaning a playfield we have two goals: get the game clean plus minimize adding any more scratches (which can only be removed through polishing). The first question is what type of cleaning you're doing. If you just picked up the game and it's filthy I would completely strip the playfield and then clean, polish (if necessary) and wax (see the references for polishing and waxing). ...
 
 
Fixing Insert Problems
I was not happy with the peeling, fogged, and delaminating inserts on my Arabian Nights (see Image 1). Most of the inserts were looking pretty bad. Advice on the web usually mentions trying Krazy glue, Varathane, or just redoing the whole playfield with a full restoration. I was not liking those options and noticed when I wiped the playfield with alcohol, the liquid seeped into the crevasses around the insert and made them look great, until the alcohol dried up. Having work experience with UV curable resins, I tried the following method and it...
 
 
Ultimate Playfield Restore - Clear Coating a Playfield
This is part six of a six part series on doing a high-end playfield restoration. This article covers the equipment and techniques necessary to apply automotive clear coat to a playfield. For an overview of the process see the Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide. Equipment Playfield Preparation Selecting the Clear Coat Clear Coating the Playfield Questions and Answers Equipment The investment is quite small, as long as you can borrow someone's compressor. Way under $75. You spend $150...
 
 
Ultimate Playfield Restore - Getting Started
This is part one of a six part series on doing a high-end playfield restoration. This article covers removing mylar and evaluating the playfield. For an overview of the process see the Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide. So lately we have all been seeing these terrible "restored" playfields. Decals lifting under the clear coat, dirt sealed into the shooter lane, too thick coats of clear, water based clear coats with clouding starting to appear, inserts bucking under the clear, no restoration under ramps or slingshots, faded decals under the clear; simply awful work...
 
 
Ultimate Playfield Restore - Advanced Touch-Up Painting
This is part five of a six part series on doing a high-end playfield restoration. This article covers decals and airbrushing. For an overview of the process see the Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide. Decals and Airbrushing Painting White Areas Painting Fine Lines Repairing Planking Questions and Answers Decals and Airbrushing Sometimes you have an area of the playfield that can't be cleaned up with the Magic Eraser. Normally, the ME and 99% alcohol cleans out the cracks, leaving...
 
 
Ultimate Playfield Restore - Touch-Up Painting
This is part four of a six part series on doing a high-end playfield restoration. This article covers paint selection, color matching, using an airbrush and frisket film. For an overview of the process see the Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide. Paint Selection Airbrushing Color Matching Frisket Film Questions and Answers Paint Selection We never use Sharpie pen, Paint Pen, or those little bottles of Testors enamel that you have left over from your Dungeons & Dragons days. All...
 
 
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. ...
 
 
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. ...
 
 
 
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