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    A new playfield ??

    Hi all,
    I am considering putting a new playfield in my Terminator 2.
    I am reasonably handy, however, I am no expert.
    Love to hear some stories of those that have tried this, successfully or not.
    Should it be left to an expert?
    How long did it take?
    What is the most difficult part of the whole process?
    What would it cost to pay someone to do it?

    It seems to me a new playfield is cheaper than getting the old one touched up, then clear coated.
    Your thoughts??

    #2
    it's a lot of fun. have done about 10 all up..rebuild everything as you go. take photos and don't expect to do it all in a weekend..take your time.
    looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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      #3
      ....what he said

      and you could look at the fine work being done by [MENTION=8741]Dedrok[/MENTION] with his Evel resto under Solid State (SS) Pinball Restorations

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        #4
        T2 Playfield

        The new T2 playfields coming out are about AUD 1250 delivered.
        How does this compare to the price of restoring the original playfield?
        The original is not is bad shape, would need some minor artwork touch up only.

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          #5
          post a pic of old playfield

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            #6
            Originally posted by richyrich View Post
            The new T2 playfields coming out are about AUD 1250 delivered.
            How does this compare to the price of restoring the original playfield?
            The original is not is bad shape, would need some minor artwork touch up only.
            just sent you a pm..you can get them fully restored for less than that.
            looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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              #7
              you could get a quote on yours locally from [MENTION=16465]FLAIMBOY[/MENTION] http://www.aussiearcade.com/forumdis...NBALL-SERVICES

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                #8
                Originally posted by illawarra_steelers View Post
                it's a lot of fun. have done about 10 all up..rebuild everything as you go. take photos and don't expect to do it all in a weekend..take your time.
                your doing Well, I have considered sending my playfield off to savage for a clear coat on multiple occasions, I Lift the playfield up have a look, think to my self Nah, then drop it back down, put the glass back on and thats the end of that idea for a few more months.

                Doing so many resto's for other people is a bit like being a mechanic who doesnt work on his own car lol

                now to the OP take Steelers advice not mine lol

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                  #9
                  I did my wh2o took a few months but I didn't care and I was dating someone at the time so there goes time to work on a pinball machine... as long as you take your time you'll be fine. I bought a new pf because it's all new and nice and cleared and most importantly bare and you can transfer the old good bits straight across with a reference point on the old pf. Give it a crack you'll be fine (but you didn't hear that from me...)
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                    #10
                    I am about to do my twilight zone. I have done two so far, you can see my posts in the rebuild section. The toughest part and scariest can be removing the mylar.. I only use airbrush paints for touchup and car 2k clear coat. Do lots of reading . There is so much info on the web. Give the touchup a go.. if you stuff it up and always get a new playfield. Or sent it to one the guys who do playfield rebuilds. They can quote on it.. usually cheaper than buying a new pf.

                    Sent from my SM-T700 using Aussie Arcade mobile app

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                      #11
                      A new playfield ??

                      I'd recommend giving repairing it a go first. Touch ups are not difficult to do if you have the right equipment: an airbrush, nice acrylic paint, and a good eye for colour matching. Pro tip: get your wife to help with the colour matching as women have better colour perception than men.

                      Be patient and follow one of the numerous online guides on how to paint a playfield. Afterwards you can patch over it with a clear coat, or install a playfield protector. All in all it would cost you less than $50 in materials if you already have the equipment, plus the cost of the playfield protector if you go down that route.

                      In my opinion every playfield is salvageable if you have the time and inclination to fix it Worst comes to worst you can always send it out for professional repair if you find it totally beyond your abilities (or patience!).

                      If you just want to do a playfield swap anyway, they're easy enough to do as long as you're methodical. No need to send it to a pro unless you're really stretched for time.

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                        #12
                        Should it be left to an expert? i think you could do it
                        How long did it take? you'd think you could do it in one weekend, but takes longer, maybe four weekends/weeks
                        What is the most difficult part of the whole process? the braid wire is a pain the the bum
                        What would it cost to pay someone to do it? $500
                        The Duke of Doonside

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by nbaird1971 View Post
                          I am about to do my twilight zone. I have done two so far, you can see my posts in the rebuild section. The toughest part and scariest can be removing the mylar.. I only use airbrush paints for touchup and car 2k clear coat. Do lots of reading . There is so much info on the web. Give the touchup a go.. if you stuff it up and always get a new playfield. Or sent it to one the guys who do playfield rebuilds. They can quote on it.. usually cheaper than buying a new pf.

                          Sent from my SM-T700 using Aussie Arcade mobile app
                          For me its the opposite, Ive taken mylar off a couple of my pins,no problem.
                          The airbrushing and clear coat ,probably beyond my capabilities.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by swine hoont View Post
                            post a pic of old playfield
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by richyrich View Post
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                              still looks good in above average condition for a 25 year old machine, the ball drop area in the inlanes are usually hammered.
                              I would not replace the playfield on that machine.
                              maybe just a few repairs and clearcoat if it bothers you.

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