SECTION 3: Playfield Continued
Part 4: Cleaning the playfield
ALL playfield parts were stripped off in order to more easily remove the Mylar and to better clean and wax the playfield. The only parts I left on the playfield were the lane return guides above the flippers and the ones at the top.
Small metal parts such as screws and posts were dry tumbled in a rock tumbler using corn cob media and a squirt of Novus #2. I let them tumble for one to two days.
The larger metal parts such as the ball arch rail, the ramp, the ball guides under the bottom metal arch, and the shooter were cleaned with Never Dull polishing media.
The plastics were cleaned with Novus #2.
All rubbers were replaced with new ones, including the shooter tip.
The plastic tube cleaned up well with Novus #2. To clean the inside, I ran a small rag through with Novus #2 on it, twisting the rag as it went through. This left a layer of Novus on the interior.
After it dried, I ran a clean rag through several times. The tube came out looking very clear.
Plastics posts were cleaned in the dishwasher.
I cleaned the playfield with Novus #2. As with most machines, it was very dirty under the metal ball arch.
I waxed the playfield with Carnuba Wax.
Part 5: Bumpers, Flippers, and Drop Targets
The first thing I did was to remove the bumpers from the playfield. The worst part here is the horrid design that requires desoldering the lamp leads. I replaced two of the bumper bodies and skirts with new ones because they were cracked. I cleaned the metal rings with Never Dull. I replaced the coil sleeves in all four bumpers for better performance. I then added new reproduction bumper caps from Steve Young. These always make the game look a lot better.
As for the flippers, I installed new flipper bats, coil sleeves, and nylon bushings.
SECTION 5: Miscellaneous
- I polished the coin door with polishing compound and a drill.
- I repainted the lock down bar’s internal metal pieces chrome color.
- I put on new leg levelers. These really add a nice touch to a game. They are often overlooked when people restore games.
- I put in a new coin door lock.
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