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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). ...
 
 
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...
 
 
Repairing Stripped Screw Holes in Wood
If you work on a pinball game for more than about five minutes you're going to find a stripped screw hole in either the cabinet or the playfield. All you need is some wood glue and a couple of toothpicks to fix this problem (bamboo skewers also work well). It is worth noting, this is the procedure that professional woodworkers use on stripped holes. All you need to do is dip the toothpick in the wood glue and push it into the screw hole until it hits bottom. Then do the same with a...
 
 
Playfield Touch-Up Paint (Hook)
In Image 1 you can see two scoop holes on a Data East Hook that have been patched (see Scoop Repair article). Cliffy Protectors will be installed later to prevent further destruction, but they won't cover all of the damaged area. So it's time for a little touch-up paint. The first, and most critical step is to find a good color match. I typically use enamel hobby paint, as compared to acrylic craft paint, which a lot of other pinball websites recommend. I like the enamel paint because it is glossier, has a...
 
 
Wood Patching Guide
This article is intended to provide general wood patching techniques that will help you to complete cabinet, backbox and playfield repair. Even if you have experience with non-pinball wood repair you will find information and techniques specific to pinball repair in the article. For specific pinball repair examples see the cabinet restoration section or the playfield restoration section. Tools and Supplies The first step is to get your supplies and tools together. I keep several types of wood filler on hand for pinball repair: Elmer's Carpenters Wood Filler, Minwax High Performance...
 
 
Scoop Repair and Cliffy Protector Installation
Just picked up a Data East Hook pinball with extremely worn scoop holes. Based on the amount of damage, and to help protect the game in the future, I decided to install Cliffy's scoop protectors (see image 1). You can purchase Cliffy protectors direct from Cliffy or through most pinball part suppliers. In image 2 you can see the temporarily installed Cliffy protectors. Note: I just noticed the right Cliffy protector is installed incorrectly. It should be rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise. The middle scoop has some minor paint wear in the...
 
 
 
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