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johnwartjr
4th September 2008, 02:15 AM
I'm getting ready to embark on a new project, restoring a TZ that was in a natural disaster.

http://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_as_arrived/283_G.sized.jpg

The buddy I got the TZ from has restored several that were in the same flood as this one, and unless someone told you, you'd never know..

Cabinet bottom was replaced

http://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_as_arrived/304_G.sized.jpg

Came with a spare, partially wired PF

http://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/gallery/tz_as_arrived/315_G

The playfields are cleaning up nicely

The mini

http://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_field_cleaned/DSCN0818.sized.jpghttp://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_field_cleaned/DSCN0819.sized.jpg

The main

http://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_field_cleaned/DSCN0820.sized.jpghttp://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_field_cleaned/DSCN0825.sized.jpg

2nd Mini has graining issues

http://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_field_cleaned/DSCN0999.sized.jpghttp://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_field_cleaned/DSCN1000.sized.jpg

2nd main, not bad but not as nice as the first

http://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_field_cleaned/DSCN1002.sized.jpghttp://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_field_cleaned/DSCN1004.sized.jpg

Mini fields side by side

http://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_field_cleaned/DSCN1013.sized.jpg

Main playfields, side by side

http://gallery.myhomegameroom.com/albums/tz_field_cleaned/DSCN1014.sized.jpg

Going to drill both playfields for 3rd magnets and send them off to have the 3rd magnet artwork painted on and clearcoated, evaluating options here now as the restorer I normally use is getting quite expensive and is not accepting new work right now. May send them to different restorers.

I have lined up pretty much all the parts I will need for this restoration, and will have some spares when completed - but the playfields will take at least 6 months for just the restoration work alone.

Davefjedi
4th September 2008, 07:09 AM
Bless the lord for sending so much rain so as to supply you with this restore;)

LOTR4U
4th September 2008, 08:11 AM
OMG! :o Thats alot of dirt!

Strangeways
4th September 2008, 08:34 AM
Now that's something to sink your teeth into !!

Keep the updates coming John.

LOTR4U
4th September 2008, 08:41 AM
Did you get a high pressure hose onto that mofo? :unsure

Davefjedi
4th September 2008, 08:47 AM
It was realy a vegie garden in its former life

LOTR4U
4th September 2008, 08:53 AM
It was realy a vegie garden in its former life

No, you mean some idiot thought it would make a good garden pot.

recyling is good mmm K

ktm450
4th September 2008, 01:21 PM
WOW! Was there much cracking from the plywood through the paintwork?
Third magnet would be nice, look forward to seeing the finished product

Aeneas
4th September 2008, 07:52 PM
No you're not crazy but you have too much spare time :cool:

Have fun with this one..

hamish_nz
5th September 2008, 07:19 AM
WOW is there are health issues :throwup:

Sewage in the flood water:unsure

that it one hell of a project

pinball god
13th September 2008, 11:45 AM
The graining issue, what are your thoughts on restoring that mini playfield. Or is that the best you can expect?

johnwartjr
13th September 2008, 12:32 PM
I've had playfields with graining problems repaired before. Pretty much has to be nearly an entire repaint - grind the graining areas down, lay down new artwork, clearcoat.

The mini PF may not be cost effective to repair, but I only need one! I am gonna get a quote regardless!


Did you get a high pressure hose onto that mofo? :unsure

It cleaned the easiest by just getting it a tiny bit damp on top of the dirt, then rubbing. It came off in chunks mostly.

I imagine if you soaked it, it would be much worse. The idea is to get the dirt off while keeping the playfield as dry as possible.

Strangely, it didn't warp any when it got wet. Underside of the PF is fine, will lightly sand to get all the dust and dirt off.


WOW! Was there much cracking from the plywood through the paintwork?
Third magnet would be nice, look forward to seeing the finished product

Only on one of the mini playfields, and apparently TZ mini playfields grain like that pretty normally

Aeneas
13th September 2008, 06:36 PM
For the mini pf you can check out to have a decal printed with the artwork on it ?

Then just sand down the mini pf so it's smooth, clearcoat/varnish and put the decal with artwork on it. If it's a good quality print then no-one will see the difference or notice any difference whilst playing. Probably won't cost extremely much as it's a small decal too.

pinball god
13th September 2008, 06:50 PM
I've had playfields with graining problems repaired before. Pretty much has to be nearly an entire repaint - grind the graining areas down, lay down new artwork, clearcoat.

The mini PF may not be cost effective to repair, but I only need one! I am gonna get a quote regardless!



It cleaned the easiest by just getting it a tiny bit damp on top of the dirt, then rubbing. It came off in chunks mostly.

I imagine if you soaked it, it would be much worse. The idea is to get the dirt off while keeping the playfield as dry as possible.

Strangely, it didn't warp any when it got wet. Underside of the PF is fine, will lightly sand to get all the dust and dirt off.



Only on one of the mini playfields, and apparently TZ mini playfields grain like that pretty normally
Could you please post your findings/quote on the graining playfield as I it would be interesting to see how you go


For the mini pf you can check out to have a decal printed with the artwork on it ?

Then just sand down the mini pf so it's smooth, clearcoat/varnish and put the decal with artwork on it. If it's a good quality print then no-one will see the difference or notice any difference whilst playing. Probably won't cost extremely much as it's a small decal too.
Thanks for that will have a look now at the link