Tips For Maintaining Your Pinball Machine

5 May 2016
 Categories: Entertainment, Blog

If you own a pinball machine for your own personal use or for a restaurant or bar, you want to keep it in good repair. Here are some tips for maintaining your pinball machine so that it doesn't wear out.

1. Replace the Balls Regularly

Check the balls of your pinball machine to make sure that they are not chipped or cracked. If they are chipped or cracked, you need to remove them and replace them with new balls. The reason for this is that if you don't replace them within a short period of time, they have the potential to damage your pinball board and render it unusable. It is far cheaper for you to order pinballs in bulk from the manufacturer of your pinball machine, rather than have to pay for your board to be repaired or replaced.

2. Wax the Board Regularly

Take pinball board wax and wax your board once a month. You want to make sure that you wax your board because it will protect it from getting chipped or otherwise damaged when the balls fly across it. You also want to wax the board to make the game play more quickly. A pinball shooting over a waxed surface will move more quickly and will therefore be harder for the patron of the pinball machine to actually catch with the flippers. If the people who are playing your pinball game seem to be getting higher scores than usual or if they are complaining that the game is boring, you know that it is time to wax your pinball board. Otherwise, try to get to it at least once a month. Check the wax layer once a week in between re-waxing in order to remove any scratches. You can buff out scratches in the wax layer of your pinball board by using a microfiber cleaning cloth.

3. Check Your Flippers Once a Week

Once a week or more, check your flippers to make sure that all of the moving parts are working and that, when your flippers do move, they are not coming into contact with the playfield. If they are coming into contact with the playfield, you are risking accidentally damaging both the playfield and the flippers. You can resolve this by simply adjusting the flippers so that they are higher. If your flippers are starting to stick, either replace them or clean them with isopropyl alcohol.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in pinball machine repair, such as Great Selections.