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Re: Stern pinball machines
« Reply #40 on: December 31, 2011, 01:49:42 am »
X the link you posted is the F21 version of Armor All which uses silicones: http://www.turtlewax.com/product-detail.aspx?prodid=116


I bought this stuff, the urethane polymers polish: http://www.turtlewax.com/product-detail.aspx?prodid=113


PBJ & Q try the urethane polymers, its legit.

EDIT: the amazon link says urethane but the turtlewax site says silicones.... meh
any thing like this for wood ? i have a data east star trek and the side art is painted on and it is cracking pls help thanks

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Re: Stern pinball machines
« Reply #41 on: December 31, 2011, 02:28:50 am »
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any thing like this for wood ? i have a data east star trek and the side art is painted on and it is cracking pls help thanks

 Umm... Pinball playfield Are wood.  F21 will work on anything.

 However, cracking wood isnt going to be repaired by F21.   Im not a repo expert.. but what I believe needs to be done.. is to use some filler in the cracks, then touch-up paint the areas which need it. (hire an artist with proven excellent color matching abilities)  Then clear-coat the game, to help keep the wood from splitting further.  The top clearcoat will seal the wood, and strengthen it.. keeping it from splitting more.  After its been cleared, you can use F21 for a little more extra protection, glossy look, and UV shielding.

 Many playfields which are mylared are usually fairly preserved... because the mylar & glue helps keep the wood from splitting with age.   Playfields which are not mylared, tend to crack and split very badly.

 Clearing the sides of a machine could probably be done with off the shelf spray, such as Triple Thick.  Minimum of two coats.  Its nowhere near as critical as a playfield, so probably dont have to use Automotive level of clear.  Thats really up to you.. money, time, ease..etc.


 Btw - another option, is to check to see if there is any reproduction artwork for your game.  If so, you could order it, wait till it arrives, sand off the old art, fill in the wood cracks, put the new art on.  Then clear.   That solves touchup work, and visible cracks.  However, beware that many repos done are of poor quality. Usually the colors are way off.  Details can be missing and or wrong.  And once you put on a repo which has altered colors... they wont match the rest of the games parts colors.  Things will stand out like a sore thumb.

 Sideart is also really a pain to get down well.  Airbubbles, stretching of the material, pre-mature sticking, and very hard to align just right.