Archive for March, 2010

Saving the playfield – part 4

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Having left the playfield to dry for over two weeks, it was time to polish the playfield today. Before I started, however, I had to repair the dents around some of the inserts (especially in the mansion). So yesterday, I took some super thin superglue and used a fine syringe to drip the superglue into the crevices. Having left the superglue to dry overnight I wet sanded them down together with the whole playfield with 2000 grit wet and dry sandpaper until the whole playfield was even and had a matt finish.

I then used a 3M Roloc polishing system in my electric drill at 1200 rpm to apply Novus 2 to the entire playfield to polish it up and then followed this with 3M Finesse-It polishing compound.

3M Roloc polishing system

I was very happy with the outcome:

The finished playfield showing the level of shine achieved.

My perseverance had paid off and at last, I can move on to rebuilding the playfield. Yippee!

Saving the playfield – part 3

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

With two thick coats of clear-coat on the playfield, I felt confident in sanding the surface flat with 1200 grit sandpaper. As the previous clear-coat had raised the touch-up aroud The Power insert however, sanding down the surface actually removed the some of the orange colour, meaning I had to re-touch it up. I therefore took the opportunity to make a few other small touch-ups particullarly around the inserts.

I then applied another two coats of clear-coat to the playfield as before, applying them wet in a criss-cross pattern and leaving 10 minutes between each coat. The results were much better and definitely something I could live with. There were, however, some significant spots around the inserts – especially in the mansion – where the clear-coat had sunk.  I intend to fill these small dents with superglue prior to the final sanding, once the clear-coat has fully dried out.