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  • Williams Flash Restore

    I'm cheating a little here as this game is half completed, but I thought I'd start from the beginning. So updates will be "quick", and then grind to a halt for a moment as it catches up !


    This machine was part of a recent trade for my Strikes and Spares. I thought I'd start this game as I have never restored a Williams SS.

    Condition

    Overall - A 7/10. Not bad for a game this old that has had as many plays as it would have. The game plays, although very slow - targets don't register intermittently, and the flippers are very weak

    Cabinet - Seems to be sound, but it looks like it sustained some damage to the rear of the lower cabinet. A piece of wood has been hammered into it as a support. A "free play" button has been added to the front of the cabinet. This will be removed. It has the wrong set of legs.

    Backglass - Reds are faded more than the other colors. No lifting or flaking, just some scratches.

    Playfield
    - Mylar added to the lower part of the playfield, ballswirl at the top section where there was no mylar. Plastics are all good except one of the slingshots that has had an extra hole drilled at some stage

    Electronics - Not bad - it's had some repairs and upgrades.. I'll attend to those as well. Displays are all good.

    Starting Date - 13/4/08

    Started by taking a few pictures as a reference. Then I'll strip the game, starting with the playfield. Before stripping, I had a look at the mylar to ascertain whether the mylar would come off. A test area was tried and it is removed easily ! This is a good start.

    So here's a "Before" picture;





    Removal of playfield parts. Took an hour or two to remove all the parts;








    Notice on the above picture the line between where the mylar has protected the playfield, and where the playfield is bare ( just were the dude is standing ).

    Mylar Removal


    The test section was in another area, so I started from the bottom section under the flipper. The area is all black, so if any paint lifts, I'll see it easily and because it is black, I can fix it easily. It's not hard to color match black if I need to touch up. The mylar was VERY easily removed. No need for a hair dryer, freeze spray or chemicals to remove the mylar. The mylar itself is old, yellowed and hardened. There is stuff all adhesive holding the mylar to the playfield surface. So I am VERY lucky.

    Disclaimer - Mylar removal is SELDOM as easy as this.. Usually, heat is needed to warm the glue as a bare minimum. Test removal from a section not seen, or already raising and have a "plan B" ready. This might involve any of the several mylar removal techniques.

    Here a picture of the start from the lower RHS;




    Here's the only problem I had with the mylar removal - Previous operator used screws for the flipper assembly that WERE TOO BLOODY LONG, and protruded through the playfield. So when the mylar was removed, the already loose paint just lifted off. Lucky for me - this area is covered by the flipper Laughing




    After 3 hours Mylar is removed. There is some stubborn adhesive left on the playfield that needed to be removed. I used GOOF OFF and a rag to remove it. Make sure that if you use this product, you use it in a well ventilated area and you spray the chemical on a rag - NOT the playfield directly.



    After GOOF OFF, Novus 3 and then Novus 2 with a buff.. This is how it will look ;



    There's the first 6 hours covered !!
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  • #2
    Now that is a playfield you don't want to have to touch up!

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    • #3
      Nino,

      FFS - are you just back to show off?
      looking to buy gottlieb electro mechanical pinball machines from any era

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      • #4
        Good pictures and so far so good with the restore Nino.

        Do you put mylar down again to protect the playfield or will the playfield be ok with just home use?
        Man cannot live with just one pinball.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by illawarra_steelers View Post
          Nino,

          FFS - are you just back to show off?

          No- but I am - wait and see !!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Shock_And_Awe View Post
            Good pictures and so far so good with the restore Nino.

            Do you put mylar down again to protect the playfield or will the playfield be ok with just home use?
            No mylar.. As you say, its a home use only pinball, so for the rest of its life, it will be cleaned and waxed regularly. Its surprisingly good for a pin of its age, and the amount of games it would have played.

            Originally posted by illawarra_steelers View Post
            Nino,

            FFS - are you just back to show off?
            Me ?

            "show off"....

            That's just madness....
            Last edited by Strangeways; 9th June 2008, 08:56 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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            • #7
              nino


              show offfffffffffffffffffff

              but hes good at what he does ......

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              • #8
                Thing looks 99.9% better than the one I had.
                Keep those updates rolling

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                • #9
                  More Playfield

                  Time to attack the ballswirl and clean the playfield properly. I used Isocol and Chux Magic Eraser and worked the Right Hand side of the playfield and parts of the Left Hand Side.

                  Here's a picture of the untouched LHS and the cleaned RHS





                  Big Difference, and it took about an hour.

                  Remember the playfield was only half mylared - only the bottom half ? Well if you look closely, you will see the line where the mylar ended. Just around man's torso. I've done his left shoulder and some of his hair..

                  Big Difference ???




                  Here's a closeup... Note that his left shoulder blends into the section BELOW the mylar line ? Easily done with a little time and effort




                  More playfield updates shortly...
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                  • #10
                    Playfield cleaning done

                    Gathering a bit of momentum on this restore. The playfield is just about right. I've finished with the "ballswirl" and I've used a sharpie around the inserts after cleaning it. I finished off with a good polish with Novus 2.


                    Flash Man


                    Below is the finished Flash "man"... WAS Half mylared and half ballswirl.. He looks pretty good. Well compared with what he looked like before !




                    Lower Section

                    Looks much better. The lines that run with the grain have almost disappeared. Small details like the cleaning of the white areas under the plastics have been cleaned.





                    Mid Section


                    The FLASH insert is missing here as it was waaaay too high and it needed a good clean. With just a few hours, the results can be rewarding.





                    Top Section


                    Not the best part of the playfield due to the wear across the top of the playfield. It was kind of corrugated, but the magic eraser improved that somewhat. Most of this area is covered by parts - so it won't be as pronounced.





                    I'm really pleased with the progress of this playfield. It is a lot different than it was prior to the mylar removal.


                    I'm currently rebuilding all the underside mechanisms. This involves stripping all of the assemblies - Target, Flipper, Kicker, Slings and Bumper. All are washed in a nifti / water solution and cleaned with a toothbrush, or green scotchwhite pad. Then they are usually soaked in alcohol to remove anything not removed by the nifti. Finally, metal pieces are thrown in the tumbler.

                    All plastics have a similar treatment - Washed in Nifti solution, rinsed in water and then cleaned with Novus 2.

                    What I'm left with is piles of metal parts ready to be reinstalled. Assemblies are reassembled, and anything that looks broken is replaced - or if the springs are weak they are replaced also. New coil sleeves are used in EVERY mechanism. New globes as well.

                    Flipper rebuild kit was provided by Greg at www.rtbb.com.au..

                    Now to start on the body !

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                    • #11
                      Nice one.
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                      • #12
                        Cabinet Update !

                        Well it has been a while, but I've made enough progress for an update. I'm concentrating on the cabinet, and after stripping everything, cleaning and polishing, I had to make a few repairs.

                        Repairs

                        The first was that the rear of the cabinet was broken. I had to drill four holes and screw down the frame on the body where the head is mounted to the rear of the body with 100mm wood screws. Secondly the base had come loose and the rear of the cabinet, so I also glued a bracket to secure it. The rear of the cabinet had some plywood sheet glued and nailed to support the head base, so I removed that and repainted the rear.

                        The on/off switch is mounted on a wooden plate which was split, so I cut a new one and drilled a 30 mm hole on one side and an 18mm hole on the other side. It has been glued to the base and then nailed from below

                        Other items;

                        - Legs were cleaned polished & new leg levellers and bolts were installed
                        - Cables were washed and reinstalled
                        - I wired in a new power cable and connector
                        - The mechanisms on the white board to the LHS of the cab were removed, cleaned and rebuilt
                        - Lockdown assembly was rusted and bent. So I spent a few hours cleaning and straightening it. Came up really well.
                        - Rebuilt the door, head and checked all the connectors etc...

                        Cabinet Pictures





                        Door

                        The door was filthy with rust and crap - coke stains and the like.. So it was stripped, every part was tumbled or polished. The door skin was regrained using wet/Dry 180 Grit / 330 wet/dry grit with windex. Worked in straight lines and then left to dry. The front coin entrance plate was polished to a high shine. Took around 2 hours to complete. Still need to install a lock





                        Head

                        All the boards were removed and will be upgraded or repaired. Everything is cleaned with windex. Transformer is removed and checked before being installed. Connectors looks to be in good condition. There was a fair bit of rust on the screws etc - so I used my bench grinder with a wire fitting and just cleaned them. I hate rust.








                        Head installed


                        With all the repairs done, I fitted the head, installed the back legs and the door. Here is an overall view of the game as of tonight;





                        Front Door Fitted


                        The door is installed and the ball plunger is polished and installed. New springs, clips and washers.. Its starting to come together nicely..





                        Now back to the playfield !
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                        • #13
                          Very nice attention to detail Nino- very impressed .Love the resto tips so far especially this magic eraser thing-must find out more. congrats on the fortunate mylar removal as from one experience it can go pear shaped no matter how much care or the procedure used. Makes me wonder if restoring a pin with mylar on it is the P/F the 1st point of call before you spend a lot of time elsewhere on the project. sorry for any typos as my daughter is doing keyboard and I'm sort of dictating
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JPD View Post
                            Very nice attention to detail Nino- very impressed .Love the resto tips so far especially this magic eraser thing-must find out more. congrats on the fortunate mylar removal as from one experience it can go pear shaped no matter how much care or the procedure used. Makes me wonder if restoring a pin with mylar on it is the P/F the 1st point of call before you spend a lot of time elsewhere on the project. sorry for any typos as my daughter is doing keyboard and I'm sort of dictating
                            Thanks for the kind words, Jeff - Each machine is taken on its own merit with regard to mylar removal. I try a test spot first and then decide from there. Strikes and Spares was a case on leaving it alone, as the mylar was in excellent condition, and the playfield underneath was pristine. I did not want to run the risk of damaging that playfield.

                            I do tend to start with mylar removal on restorations, as if I don't, it "plays" on my mind and I rush other parts of the restoration. Mylar removal is the hardest part of a restoration - by far - because "if" a mistake is made, it can ruin a game - and I have no idea how to do playfield touch ups and clearcoats. But that will change soon, I'm having a go at it....
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                            • #15
                              Playfield mini update

                              Back to the playfield. I have started populating the playfield. The metal guides are regrained with wet/dry 180 grit and Windex. I never polish them, as that's not what they did in the factory. All the post except a couple are installed and most other parts are installed. New bumper skirts and bodies really look nice on a polished playfield. The playfield has 4 coats of Meguirs carnauba wax and is polished to a high shine. Sure beats aged mylar !

                              Here's a few update pictures;










                              The underside assemblies have been rebuilt and only the centre drop target assembly is left to be stripped, cleaned and installed. I plan on making the game a little different from original - Similar to what wotto did on his fabulous Flash restore.

                              The boards have been removed and I will be going over them this week.

                              Cheers !
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