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dmworking247
15th May 2008, 06:52 PM
King Kool has a repair thread... but this is my (possible.. considering it) restoration thread, in particular, on the playfield. After seeing Mickey Juice's Funhouse restore I'm kind of overwhelmed...

First a general question: On a fairly simple pin like this... is it possible to do some touchup/restore work on the playfield surface by removing the surface components only? I seriously don't think I have the time, experience, or SPACE to pull everything off from UNDER the playfield.

Does ANYBODY brush-paint their old EM playfields, or do you only recommend spraying them with a small (art) spraygun?

I've heard theories of a full PF scan and print... If I could find a scanner big enough I could piece this together and touch it up, and I could possibly get an adhesive vinyl print of this size for < $100... but does that look shit/fake, and how would it be protected, a full PF mylar?

Here's the state of my playfield... noting that these shots are deliberately designed to show the 'worst of the worst' on this PF.


Note the groove in the launch lane... is that normal or should it be filled? Painted tan or stained?
http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/12_640.jpg

Bad cracking in the lanes... if I were to repaint that, how should I prepare the surface without damaging surrounding areas? (ie if I only wanted to repaint the green)
http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/13_640.jpg

Underneath these pop bumpers looks shit... and MUST be touched up even if by hand... I've also ordered 3x mylar patches to cover them after restore.
http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/15_640.jpg

http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/16_640.jpg

http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/17_640.jpg

Scraaaaaaaatcch...
http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/18_640.jpg

All of those posts are being replaced, but I cant get new spinners and I don't know what they're meant to look like. Suggestions for fabricating new ones? That bullseye target is being replaced.
http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/19_640.jpg

http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/22_640.jpg

Backglass is in very good condition in my opinion, except the red is very faded (normal I hear). What do you think of touching up the white paint around the score (cracked) and the orange paint around the girls belt (chipped)? I believe I'd be overcapitalising to buy a new backglass.
http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/26_640.jpg

I haven't been able to source a new plastics set yet, but this guy needs replacing badly .. and the others are a bit yellowed (I think - cant tell if they were meant to be white?)
http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/28_640.jpg

I didn't buy a new ball gate, I figure I can find one easy enough or fix this one up.
http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/31_640.jpg

Fortunately the chrome and body of this cabinet is in good condition, except the coin door has a dent and is a little tarnished. Where can I get new decals for around the coin slots?
http://www.got2getalife.com/kingkool/33_640.jpg

narf_
15th May 2008, 07:21 PM
mine has that ball lane wear all the way to the top

i guess its unavoidable due to the speed the ball goes up there.

spinners perhaps make a new decal. ive got one i dont need in my pile but its not the same logo thats all

that drummer looks like he wants to mount the chick and give it to her up the arse

Fish Tales
15th May 2008, 07:41 PM
I have seen people put round woodgrain contact type stuff around pop bumpers on EMs and they do look good. You can re-paint the spinners I guess. Even that plastic could be scanned, recolored and a new one made up. The playfield.... ya know I have seen alot worse!

narf_
15th May 2008, 07:50 PM
just had a look at mine while i fitted a few replacement brackets

yeah that scratch and lane wear is confirmed to be same as yours

btw what is wrong will the ball gate?. i had a dig in my boxes couldnt find a pair (ive got one for mine just in case

dmworking247
15th May 2008, 08:10 PM
mine has that ball lane wear all the way to the top

i guess its unavoidable due to the speed the ball goes up there.

spinners perhaps make a new decal. ive got one i dont need in my pile but its not the same logo thats all

that drummer looks like he wants to mount the chick and give it to her up the arse

So do you think (if I paint the PF at all) that I should sand that scratch, fill it, and paint it tan?

ROFL at the backglass comment... so true, it must be why that backglass is highly rated in peoples comments about this pin.


You can re-paint the spinners I guess. Even that plastic could be scanned, recolored and a new one made up. The playfield.... ya know I have seen alot worse!

Hmm, scanning it is a good idea, and I could even get it printed on opal perspex, but I have no idea how I'd get it cut to the right size... maybe a glass/plastic place could do that for me... expensive & time consuming methinks... if I do it, I'll make 3 sets and sell the others.

The spinners I'll make decals and print them on some adhesive vinyl or something (I say that a lot)... hopefully they wont wear TOO quick. I just need to find the original design because its so worn I cant recognise it.



btw what is wrong will the ball gate?. i had a dig in my boxes couldnt find a pair (ive got one for mine just in case

Its just a little corroded... look closer and you can see some surface rust/rough surface.

spacies
15th May 2008, 08:28 PM
Meh, looks pretty straight forward to me. Come on DM, use your noggin. Its only paint.
We have done this all before but now its a different machine.

Same shit, different machine. Thats your new motto.

Get into it.

dmworking247
15th May 2008, 08:42 PM
Hey who ever said anything about stencils, fine writing, little black lines and colour matching when I laboriously sprayed a single colour over a bartop over the period of 3 months? :lol

mjdoz
18th May 2008, 02:59 PM
The spinners I'll make decals and print them on some adhesive vinyl or something (I say that a lot)... hopefully they wont wear TOO quick.

Dale A number of the people who create decals then stick Mylar over them to prevent wear.

Michael

Strangeways
11th June 2008, 11:18 AM
Definitely a challenge kays ahead with this pin - but a wealth of knowledge will be attained if you have the time and patience..

I suggest you have a read here ;

http://www.pinrepair.com/restore/index2.htm

About halfway down, there are links to 4 different playfield restorations. It might not include the technique you wish to employ, but it may help answer some questions.

You will need to take HEAPS of photos prior to teardown of the playfield. You don't need to remove any parts from under the playfield for the purpose of touch ups etc..

Coin slots are available from here ;

http://www.pbresource.com/CoinDoor.html

Keep the updates coming.

AskJacob
11th June 2008, 11:24 AM
If you can figure out what your spinners should look like, I can knock up a set of decals for you.

No cost, just some practice for me :)

Cheers

Strangeways
11th June 2008, 11:55 AM
I repainted my Strikes and Spares spinner - Primer and 2 coats of white.. Applied the decal and the bloody paint started chipping...

I touched it up again, and then wrapped a piece of mylar from the back of the spinner, around the bottom (impact point) and then to the front of the spinner .. Good as gold now...

Spinners must have been powder coated from factory ?

AskJacob
11th June 2008, 12:03 PM
I repainted my Strikes and Spares spinner - Primer and 2 coats of white.. Applied the decal and the bloody paint started chipping...

I touched it up again, and then wrapped a piece of mylar from the back of the spinner, around the bottom (impact point) and then to the front of the spinner .. Good as gold now...

Spinners must have been powder coated from factory ?

Yeah they look like powder coat to me. A possible solution may be to make oversize decals and trim them to the exact edges of the spinner after sticking them on :unsure

illawarra_steelers
11th June 2008, 12:08 PM
Dale,

Did the parts sent do the job?

Tony

Fish Tales
11th June 2008, 12:11 PM
yep am interested to see if she is up and running yet?

dmworking247
11th June 2008, 02:15 PM
Hi Tony,

The parts you sent did fix the score reel, but it seems the score reel was not the reason for the bonus unit getting stuck nor the lighting problems... KK is sicker than I originally thought.

I posted a detailed update here inthe repair thread:
http://www.aussiearcade.com/showthread.php?t=14080

I've just got back from 2 weeks overseas for work... and work has piled up so badly that AA and all of my (ridiculous amounts) of projects are going to need to take a back seat for a little while whilst I try and regain control, then get some time to read some repair manuals and get the mechanical stuff sorted. In the mean time my shipment of near $200 worth of cosmetic parts has arrived from the US, so eventually KK should be in great shape, though the jury is still out about how to restore the PF itself....

spacies
11th June 2008, 03:24 PM
Wb Dm