|Top area of the dirty playfield|
|7 Years of service and filth|
He and I then proceeded to shop the game out. "Shopping" is when one takes a pinball machine and cleans it, fixes it, and replaces worn or broken rubbers, balls, parts, and toys. Good operators might do a full tear down shop job like this once a year. While a collector might only do something like this when he's about to sell a game. In this Spiderman's case, a job like this was LONG overdue!!!
We got some 91% alcohol (higher concentration is better, but this worked fine) some magic erasers, about 20 lint free soft shop towels, Novous Polish #2, and went to work.
We started by taking LOTS OF PHOTOS of the playfield and then formulated a plan of attack. We decided to start by taking the entire populated playfield apart to the wood (this means every mechanism, ramp, plastic, screw, even the washers and posts). I grabbed some cups and labeled them by area so that pieces wouldn't be lost (there's hundreds of parts on a populated playfield, not counting everything else in the game cabinet).
|These cups were a lifesaver!!!|
Then the plan was then to clean everything that could be salvaged, take note of things that could not be, so that replacements could be located later, clean the wood and polish it as much as possible, and then reassemble everything!
|Uhhh, hmmmmm.....Where did these......|
|Gah!!! It's on my hands?!?!?!|
Julian Noa style discombobulated announcer voice:
"Are Eric and his friend way over there heads? Will there be enough shop towels to finish the job? Will they be able to put everything back in its place??? Will the machine catch fire before everything is said and done?!??!? Find out on our next episode...I mean entry!!!"