Pinball cleaning and maintenance stuff
These are commonly found in Finland. Of course you should check what similar stuff
is available at your country.
Bottles from left to right:
Windus glass cleaner
This is used on playfield glass (both sides!) and backglasses outside.
Korrek Old paint cleaner
Slightly abrasive cleaner. Good stuff for cleaning a TZ Powerball. With this you can clean the playfield
of newly acquired game once, to get all dirt off. Do not use more than once because of paint wearing.
Korrek Protec UV
UV-radiation protecting wax. UV in sunlight and fluorescent lamps fades paint and makes plastics
and rubbers yellow. It is wise to use UV protection. Use this stuff to wax the cabinet to prevent
fading. Also use on both sides of playfield glass to protect playfield from UV. Because glass is
very smooth, it doesn't hold much wax. It is best to do at least two layers.
Kontakt PRF "blue"
Cleans switches and connectors. Take care to use only this "dry" cleaner with no grease.
Oily stuff cause problems after some time. Switches carrying large currents, such as flipper
buttons and EOS switches must be conditioned with burnishing tool, contact cleaner is not
recommended for those.
Sonax Xxtreme wax
For waxing the playfield. Solid wax thas has real Carnauba is tedious to use but gives
far better shield and shine than liquid waxes. This is not especially suited for cleaning,
so clean the playfield well before waxing.
Novus #2 and #1 plastic care
For playfield and plastics cleaning. Novus #2 is slightly abrasive, it makes transparent
plastics such as ramps and display windows scratch free, also it cleans dirty playfield.
It is much less abrasive than the Korrek old paint cleaner, so it can be used more often.
Usually it is enough to clean playfield with Novus #1. For Diamondplate playfields, that
is all to be done. Older games need waxing after Novus #1.
Johnson Steel Polish
For ball polishing. If the balls are badly worn, they should be polished with a machine
such as depicted here . For normal cleaning, this is good stuff.
For lubricating. Use very sparingly. Typical applications are: shooter rod, slingshot lever bearing,
bumper trigger switch cup. This is good lubricant that does not gum up but not suitable
for heavy pressures.
What??!!! This should not be here! This stuff has nothing to do with pinballs!
Oil gums up and makes moving parts stuck in time. This is one of the worst problem makers
in clever selfmade repairmans hands. It is OK to use this to loosen rusted bolts
on your car, but NOT ON PINBALL MACHINES!