VINTAGE PINBALL MACHINE
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Pinball Creative can restore any EM (electromagnetic) pinball table no matter how far gone it is. However, we reserve the right to refuse restoring any games which we feel will be too costly to restore or make good. These projects are costly, and very time consuming. A complete project will take anything from three to nine months to get ready. We recently restored a Capt. Card which was practically dead. It took time, but it now lives and gets played regularly in its new home. When we supply a quote to restore a pinball machine, we reserve the right of a 10% margin of allowance, meaning if we quote £5,000 to restore a pinball game, we may need to add on up to £500 at the end of the restoration if we have over-looked any parts or had issues sourcing items which ended up being more expensive than we had originally budgeted for. This does not mean we will automatically charge an extra 10%. We only do so if needed.
Contact us for details and to arrange a visit to our workshop.
We restore an EM pinball cabinet by taking off playfield, stripping off all the playfield parts on the upper section. Then we remove the bottom board and back box and sand everything down on the cabinet and back box. Prior to this we either buy the stencils from the USA or if they don’t exist make them from scratch. Cabinets take about 40 hours labour to bring back to new. This means filling, sanding and often gluing cabinets back together. Cabinets look new, as they are prepared, primed painted with and air gun, then the relevant hazing or splattering effects and stencils are added and finally sealed with a matt varnished for strength. The cost of restoring a cabinet will vary from £1500 to £1800 depending on condition.
We can now manufacture Gottlieb style cabinets from 1961 to 1974 circa (wedgeheads). These are brand new cabinets built out of solid ply-wood.
This now allows us to restore any game no matter how far gone they are. Prices vary but start at £1500 for a new cabinet. Includes priming but not painting.
There are two levels to restoring a playfield. Level one is carried out in London. This involves removing all the parts from the top, repainting the coloured rings under the bumpers and varnishing exposed wooden areas, then sanding down lightly until a smooth finish is accomplished. Level two is totally having the playfield repainted by the true experts in the field Pinball Dreams based in Saarbrucken in Germany see their amazing work at:
Henrik Maurer Kleine Schulstrasse 11
66115 Saarbrücken, Germany
Phone: +49 681 70 96 05 20,
Mobile: +49 176 226 218 04
This still involves stripping the playfield, then sending it to Germany and having their artists repaint the whole area from scratch. This takes between three to four months to do. It costs between 1900 and 2500 Euros depending on game. Pinball Dreams then seal the playfield with hard clear coat (lacquer) which is applied half a dozen times. The playfield will then last a lifetime. We can take on the part of the work of collecting the playfield, stripping it, preparing it for their artists, packing it and then shipping to/back Saarbrucken as well as re-installing the playfiield back into your pinball. The cost of this depends on your location from South East London. Quotes on application.
All metal parts are removed taken to our chosen specialist supplier and re-chromed or nickel plated. This process can take up to one month. All metal parts look like new. Chroming/re-plating or nickel plating a game costs between £750 and £950 and the process can take up to two months.
This is the tricky part as the condition of the game dictates how much or how little is needed to fully clean and restore the electromechanical parts in a game. On average restoring an EM in fair condition will cost around £950 to £1250 plus parts.
For further details please contact us and we will talk you through the options available.