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    A note on lubricants: I know WD-40 is an anathema, and spraying it willy-nilly over the back of the machine and leaving it is just asking for dust clogs. However, if you have things that are stuck or sealed with rust, spraying down the part (off the machine) with liquid wrench, carb cleaner, or some kind of lube that is a rust releaser, and then, once it has done its job, cleaning it off, is something I have done with success. People say "Don't use lube-- clean the part"; but if the part is rusted solid, that's an impossible order.

    My point is that if you are not sure whether something is one part or two, make sure it isn't rust-sealed somewhere.

    Can you provide better pix? I'm not sure how much further I'd advise breaking that down, although I have seen them broken down further.

    Removing a film of lube can be done with alcohol and a child's (very soft) toothbrush, then rinsing VERY QUICKLY under hot water-- not boiling-- the hottest you can get from the tap, and drying very well and thoroughly. Use a Q-Tip to dry it in crevices, or a blow dryer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrtoad View Post
    Ok thanks for clearing that up . I thought it was for metal only so had to ask. My issue is when I take that screw out that plast piece it screws into does not seem to come off and the metal piece that slides under it cannot come out. I am not sure if that plastic piece comes off or not. Do you know?

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    I generally remove all metal pieces that will come off without too much trouble and either clean them in my tumbler or scrub them by hand using a metal polish. As for the plastic part in your photos, the cover over the area where the ball path curves will not come off. I clean that area with a good plastic polish and a handful of Q-Tips to get all of the grime out of the ball path. It takes a bit of time, but you can get the inside clean with a little effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RivkahChaya View Post
    A note on lubricants: I know WD-40 is an anathema, and spraying it willy-nilly over the back of the machine and leaving it is just asking for dust clogs. However, if you have things that are stuck or sealed with rust, spraying down the part (off the machine) with liquid wrench, carb cleaner, or some kind of lube that is a rust releaser, and then, once it has done its job, cleaning it off, is something I have done with success. People say "Don't use lube-- clean the part"; but if the part is rusted solid, that's an impossible order.

    My point is that if you are not sure whether something is one part or two, make sure it isn't rust-sealed somewhere.



    Can you provide better pix? I'm not sure how much further I'd advise breaking that down, although I have seen them broken down further.

    Removing a film of lube can be done with alcohol and a child's (very soft) toothbrush, then rinsing VERY QUICKLY under hot water-- not boiling-- the hottest you can get from the tap, and drying very well and thoroughly. Use a Q-Tip to dry it in crevices, or a blow dryer.
    Thanks for the info. The part in question is not metal or rusted, I think the plastic parts are put together with plastic rivets but not exactly sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKSJE4 View Post
    I generally remove all metal pieces that will come off without too much trouble and either clean them in my tumbler or scrub them by hand using a metal polish. As for the plastic part in your photos, the cover over the area where the ball path curves will not come off. I clean that area with a good plastic polish and a handful of Q-Tips to get all of the grime out of the ball path. It takes a bit of time, but you can get the inside clean with a little effort.

    Never put plastic pieces in your tumbler!

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    Thanks Jeff. I will try that tonight. Once my cell arrives I want to start reassembling. Would love to be playing within a week or so...

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    I would not recommend carb-cleaner or break-cleaner on plastic parts.. (without lots of testing)

    its my understanding that these products DO clean excellent, but like a dishwasher they strip the oils from plastic. making them tired and brittle

    i have in the past used denatured alcohol on plastic put in a refillable pressure can and it will blast nearly as good as the others
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moparformances View Post
    I would not recommend carb-cleaner or break-cleaner on plastic parts.. (without lots of testing)

    its my understanding that these products DO clean excellent, but like a dishwasher they strip the oils from plastic. making them tired and brittle

    i have in the past used denatured alcohol on plastic put in a refillable pressure can and it will blast nearly as good as the others
    Thanks. Thus far on plastics I have only used mild dish soap and a scrubber and it is working well. I follow it up with novus 1 to polish. all good so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moparformances View Post
    I would not recommend carb-cleaner or break-cleaner on plastic parts.. (without lots of testing)

    its my understanding that these products DO clean excellent, but like a dishwasher they strip the oils from plastic. making them tired and brittle

    i have in the past used denatured alcohol on plastic put in a refillable pressure can and it will blast nearly as good as the others
    Oh, absolutely. Rust removers are for parts that rust. If there is so much rust spilled over from a metal part that it has frozen a plastic part, I think you just need to replace the part-- like if you happen to have a plastic seesaw, or something.

    Lithium grease is an option for trying to free up a stuck plastic part, though. You have to clean it after. I'd suggest dishwashing liquid designed for handwashing.

    Another option is to drill out a rusted part, and replace it. Use a larger screw, cotter pins, there are lots of options.

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    Default Re: Tips for Cleaning Your Vintage Pachinko Machine

    Thanks for the info, good stuff. This is my first machine and was wondering where to get started.

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    As a newbie I appreciate all the tips!!

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    If you are taking apart a machine for the very first time, take some photos: that will help you get it back together. Also, get a towel and lay the parts out sort of as they go on the machine. Pretty soon, you won't need to do this, but it'll help a lot with getting it back exactly right the first time-- no parts left over when you're done, no wondering which direction something goes.

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    Default Re: Tips for Cleaning Your Vintage Pachinko Machine

    Thanks to everyone for all the tips here! I just used some marine polish on my trays and they're already looking better. I assume it's ok to give several treatments until it reaches optimal clean like the chrome?

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    Wow. Thanks for this detailed cleaning breakdown.

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