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So I got my next project earlier this year, shortly after Easter. A 6 million dollar man. In really rough condition. 

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The first thing I did was strip it completely and then I spent a long time repairing the body, sanding, filling, more sanding. 

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Eventually. After much sanding, it was smooth and ready for painting. 

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Putting the headbox into the too hard basket for a while, I got onto the playfield. It was pretty tired looking, but was under a playfield protector. The paintwork was well preserved, but the inserts were so cupped each would be capable of  holding  a decent dram of whisky!

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Playfield has been stripped, metal parts polished, side rails removed, sanded and repainted and cleared. I replaced all of the controlled lamp sockets with yoppsicles as I hadn’t used them before and this seemed a good opportunity. New rubbers and plastics. New pop skirts and bodies.

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My first Apron restoration. Sanded the old paint off, primed, painted and cleared. Then applied some decals and cleared over the top. 

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Must be the year for this title.  I'm in the throws of doing one myself.

 

I've used Rustolem paints. Gloss apple red and I can't remember the blue off hand. What paints have you used Al?

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14 minutes ago, Railways said:

Must be the year for this title.  I'm in the throws of doing one myself.

 

I've used Rustolem paints. Gloss apple red and I can't remember the blue off hand. What paints have you used Al?

The white was just the rustoleum standard white I think. 
the others were apple red and deep blue.
 

Jeff, I’ve also added  set of your side rails to the cabinet.  I’ll grab some pictures when I next get there   

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The legs were stripped and painted in the same blue. 

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we have the technology to rebuild him, but we dont want to spend a lot of money...

 

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Sorry for hijacking your thread, but I could not resist. 🙂

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Back of the front door stripped bare looks far nicer I believe. I kept all the parts and put in a press seal bag inside the machine but while i own the machine, it far suits my needs better being stripped bare. I do make a simply bracket and a switch stack behind the coin reject. I think that switch stack and bracket come from a Bally bumper switch assembly and there is a screw hole there to mount the stack already. I wire that switch stack to a coin switch input so you get credits by pushing the coin reject button.

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11 hours ago, Grefla said:

The white was just the rustoleum standard white I think. 
the others were apple red and deep blue.
 

Jeff, I’ve also added  set of your side rails to the cabinet.  I’ll grab some pictures when I next get there   

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The legs were stripped and painted in the same blue. 

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Yep same 3 colours I'm using except I've done the legs in Gunmetal grey.

No wonder there is no Gloss apple red or gloss white on our Bunnings shelves. Between the two of us we must have bought out all the stock - LOL.

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Playfield is done, new plastics, pops now have new caps as well as bodies and skirts. Spinners looking fresh with new decals on them. Metal polished. 
 

I tried to solve the cupped inserts with the clear coat eye dropper trick. Some worked out great, others not so good, but it the cupping was so bad that it was unplayable. 
 

I’m looking forward to its first test play. 

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Before I tackle the headbox repair outright, the light board insert was in a pretty dire condition. Moisture had made the particle board lamp shields/baffles crumble. I could have made new ones out of ply but my tool supply is limited, and so are my carpentry skills. So I took some measurements and recreated them on tinkerCAD (free online 3D modeling). I then chiseled the remains of the flaky ones off the board, sanded, primed, painted, and cleared the board. Then applied my 3D printed baffles. I think they turned out OK. 

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I’ve been putting it off for months in the hope of finding a donor headbox, but no such luck. So now it’s time to try and repair that headbox. It may be some time before I have another update. 

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17 minutes ago, MrMaloo said:

Is the Rustoleum paint acrylic or enamel ? 

Like the choice of red by the way . Looks great .

I'm assuming the colour order was white , red and then blue last .

All spray-can paints are Enamel. I've never seen an Acrylic (water based paint) in a spray-can. I was working for PPG paint and supplying to Bunnings.

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2 minutes ago, Gemini2544 said:

All spray-can paints are Enamel. I've never seen an Acrylic (water based paint) in a spray-can. I was working for PPG paint and supplying to Bunnings.

The SuperCheap Auto spray cans  (SCA brand ) are stated as acrylic . They're what I was going to use on mine but a mate told me about the Rustoleum instead .

Just thinking ahead as I'm considering finishing off my cab with a clear but obviously has to be compatible .

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31 minutes ago, MrMaloo said:

Is the Rustoleum paint acrylic or enamel ? 

Like the choice of red by the way . Looks great .

I'm assuming the colour order was white , red and then blue last .

Yeah. Rustoleum 2x was the recommended paint by Pinball pimp. The order was white base coat. Red stencil first and then blue.    Then I used this automotive clear from Autobarn. 

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2 minutes ago, Gemini2544 said:

I hope you used a Metal Primer before painting the apron. The paint will in time blister and peel off if you sprayed directly on the clean metal.

Yeah. Primed first. 

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4 minutes ago, MrMaloo said:

The SuperCheap Auto spray cans  (SCA brand ) are stated as acrylic . They're what I was going to use on mine but a mate told me about the Rustoleum instead .

Just thinking ahead as I'm considering finishing off my cab with a clear but obviously has to be compatible .

I wasn't including Automotive paint in my answer, Just the regular Spray can you buy at a hardware store.

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37 minutes ago, CandyLand said:

We have the technology, but not the tools or skills?, Jennifer is so very amused...Looking good so far.😉

Yes mate, my tool collection has increased significantly since starting this hobby, but I’m finding with every project, the need for a new tool is identified. Working on this headbox has showed me that I could do with a large table saw, a router, and a drill press.  However, this is a hobby not a profession so I’m doing what I can with what I have. It’s slow going, but it’s coming together slowly.  The more I do the more I learn and whilst I’m certainly not a cabinet maker, I’ve impressed myself with what I’ve been able to accomplish. 

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Maybe go to a local Men's Shed and ask the guys to make a replica backbox using yours as a sample?. Our local man's shed has all the tools including an Ex Bunnings table saw and there are always guys wanting something to build.

Love your 6m$man by the way. Not many get brought back from the cliff and as I've said before, 6m$man was usually the parts machine when it was no longer earning cash so from a machine that sold heaps quickly become a rather rare machine to get hold of.

 

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Yep, They only got released last week after a clearcoat curing. At that stage I think they only had 19 of them. I thought about it but the cost landed in todays money has made me hold off.

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