5th March
2016
written by Todd Harrison

This is a short summary on the best supplies and steps to clean and restore a pinball machine play field.
I cover just the highlights from what I have learned over a year of doing research combing through on-line documents and videos covering pinball restoration.
I was lucky to have an artist in the family that has the fine skills needed to mix the best matched color and put down the paint and lettering.
Thanks aunt Vida!

Vida is an amazingly skilled porcelain painter and has her own home studio.
Please visit Vida’s website (www.VidasCollectibles.com) and maybe order an item or two for someone special in your life or for yourself.
She kiln fires each item multiple times as she adds layers of paint then signs each piece which are all unique works of art in themselves.

Here is a link to my first clean-up blog post with videos and photos

—Supplies—
1-shot 10 can paint kit
Chromaflo 6000 Flow Enhancer
Paint brush set
Extra small 18/0 brush
Micron ink pens (0.1, 0.3, 0.5)
Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers, Extra-Fine Point Black 3 pack
Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers, Fine Point Black 3 pack
Paint pallets 12 pack
Paint pallets single
Snap closed paint storage cups 12 pack
Jell-O shot classes for mixing paint 125 count
Popsicle sticks for mixing paint
Tack cloth to remove fine dust between painting (DO NOT PRESS HARD!!!)
Mean Green cleaner
Opps cleaner and glue removal
Novus #1, #2, #3 cleaner and polish kit
Novus #2 cleaner and polish
Mr. Clean Ereasers for deep cleaning cracks
Klean Strip – VM&P Naphtha
Sprayway Glass cleaner 6 pack
Duster used as cold spray for sticker removal 3 pack
Big bag of micro clothes 40 pack
Nitrile gloves

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19th February
2016
written by Todd Harrison

A one minute teardown answering the question “What is Inside an Electrolytic Capacitor” requested by Ray & Mike from the GRC Pinball YouTube Channel in their latest video “Ray’s Pinball Tech Tips S3E5” Session 3 Episode 5.

The darker aluminum foil is the Anode side (+ side) which has a thick aluminum oxide “~rust” Al2O2 layer that is the acting dielectric material in this capacitor.

GRC Pinball – Website

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Photo Gallery

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19th February
2016
written by Todd Harrison

My first mailbag video which includes the LONGEST ever pocket digital multimeter review in history. HA

I found the Victor 921 pocket multimeter to be the best pocket DMM I have ever used. It showed quite close to exactly correct readings for all measurements and had capabilities way outside the normal for a $25 pocket multimeter not only in build quality but also in features and functionality.

In this mailbag I also showed a jimmy knife tool by iFixit and some SOIC-8 / TSSOP-8 combo DIP adapter PCBs by Adafruit. Here are the links to all the products in today’s Mail bag.

Victor 921 Pocket Autoranging Digital Multimeter

IFixit Jimmy – Electronics Opening Knife

SMT Breakout PCB for SOIC-8, MSOP-8 or TSSOP-8 – 6 Pack!

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