First, the oh so wonderful panorama:
|OMG YOU SO GOTTA CLICK TO EMBIGGENNATE!|
On the far left is a MAME setup in the shelf.
Recent stuff added:
S.T.U.N. Runner, Space Harrier, and Rampage World Tour marquees
Future Spa backglass
World Cup Soccer 94 and Rocky & Bullwinkle playfields
I want to one day find a very nice Future Spa backglass, but in the meantime I lucked in to a heavily delaminated one for a very good price.
When I had worked on the delaminating Dolly Parton backglass I only used the bottled Triple Thick, slathering it on the back and applying plastic wrap, as per Clay's guide.
When I was fixing a paint flake from the Centipede backglass, a friend spotted it curling and reminded me that acrylics apply tension, and so I had to put it on both the front and back.
I am taking that more to heart this time, trying to get more under.
Also followed other pinsider's advice to use super glue gel under the flakes.
Getting UNDER proved difficult. I used fine tweezers, but you only want to lift juuuust a smidge or else you risk snapping the paint flake right off.
|this is what a wild Friday night at my place looks like. Glues, acrylics, brushes, and pincers. Oh and lots of booze. (not pictured)|
|I actually had to manually play the woman's chin + neck, as it had flaked off in transit. Luckily it had been graciously saved for me.|
OK so my restore of the back glass wasn't perfect. Some of the stuff (the Triple Thick?) dried whitish in one part. But still, it's pretty boss. Next time I will do it in smaller stages. Super glue first, wait a day, then coat the hell out of the problem areas with the Triple Thick acrylic goo.
I like having friends wherein describing their jobs it sounds like I know wizards. Chris is like that. In aeronautics. Plays with solvents and epoxies that civilians aren't allowed to buy. You know, a wizard.
He helped me with my 2 mylar marquees. All of my other marquees were plexiglass or glass (or thick printed plastic, for Crystal Castles,) so I didn't know how to approach S.T.U.N. Runner and Rampage World Tour with their flimsiness. Chris was able to custom cut some 1/8" lexan sheets for the front and back of each.
I sealed them at the top only with an expoxy that dried translucent. I am a super newb to epoxies, but my friend with me that night had some experience, and we used most of a whole bottle sealing the two marquees.
2 days later I sanded down the blobular exoxy mess (with bonus fuses newspaper bits!) until they were presentable.
Then I got what I call "my birthday present to myself", consisting of 2 playfields shipped in from Portugal.
Let's do the before and after!!!
Wow, like magic!
Ok it was a bit of work, but not a tonne of work.
Cleaning this up is actually very satisfying. First thing though was to remove all of the metal bits still there. Posts are easy, but guide rails are a pain. I needed the right tools for the job:
|I bought these two sizes of punches, and captain slammy hammer there made short work of the metal.|
I was a bit mystified by these bits for the pop bumpers on WCS:
|note: no indents in their head. all smooth...|
|but threaded at the bottom? How does that make sense?|
So I still don't understand why they are threaded if the are just banged in, but after consulting with the pin community, I just banged them out from the bottom.
One small wood/paint chip in all of 9 bangs, so be careful if you do this! I just assume all of you are better than me at pretty much everything, though.
I decided to also clean the playfield inserts on the backside, thanks to Windex and ample paper towels.
Take a look at the difference of grime levels:
I was very happy with the results, and if I ever do something like run lights behind them, they will be ready to shine!
My room is approaching peak density! 4 is the max of games, and the art space is almost gone.
I have a Stern FreeFall backglass on the way, and a Bubble Bobble marquee waiting for me in the USA. Also have a lead on a Scramble marquee.
After that, the only marquees I'll be hunting for is Marble Madness, Cameltry, and Metamorphic Force.
To best show them off, I will stack the shortest ones behind the game to give the best chance of seeing each one in the double-row I want to have there.
And after that, it's a matter of trading up for the ultimate playfields that I want, including a Genie and Jungle Queen. Maybe a Bad Cats...