PAINTING A PINBALL WITHOUT A PATTERN

By Alan Lewis

Re-painting a pinball cabinet is difficult enough when you still have some of the original graphics showing.But when all the graphics have been stripped offÖ

This LADY ROBIN HOOD pinball machine saw a common fate over the years.It was stripped and stained.Actually it looked pretty good stained and it was a good job.But that wonít work for me.

There isnít anything else you can do except ask for help from another owner and/or get good photos of a machine to scale from.I had the help of both Sean Kavanagh for some key measurements and John Robertson for close up photos.Without this help I would have had a much more difficult time.

The following is nothing new for anyone who has repainted a cabinet before.It is just a record of what I did on this one.

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The clear finish was stripped off with a paint stripper.Sanding took off the stain.

A white primer was applied as a base coat.

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This is the stencil package I made up from posterboard.All were used once but I kept using the one stencil ten times.It actually worked better after a few uses.

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I donít apply a temporary adhesive to the entire stencil but rather I cut small windows in the stencil and use low tack painters masking tape.It is easier to re-use the stencil this way and you can get softer edges when painting.

 

This photo shows the backside of the stencils, the blue is the tape showing through the windows.

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Using the backbox as an example the base black coat is applied.Then a yellow spatter dot pattern is applied using a welders wire brush dipped into very thin paint and wacked with a 2X4 to propel the paint dots onto the cabinet.

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Then the stencil is put on and the blue color is painted over the spattered paint.

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The finished backbox

 

PAINT USED:

         WHITE PRIMER

         Rust-oleum Painters Touch SPA BLUE

         Rust-oleum Painters Touch GLOSS BLACK

         Rust-oleum Painters Touch APPLE RED

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