2004-04-29 16:00:40 UTC
tossed it in the tv, and fired it up.
This is clearly the first time the TC clan has filmed something; while very
informational and clearly showing the proper use of the kit, the lighting /
camera angles did absolutely no justice whatsoever to the end result of
their work, nor could we get any real perspective of what the playfield
looked like close-up before the application. (NOT a knock on the quality of
the actual product, however..) Allen DID acknowledge on the video this was
not their forte (video production) and they would be improving their skills
in this arena (and hinted they're looking at doing restoration videos, which
I will DEFINATELY be first in line to purchase.) I totally respect their
honesty and effort. Good for knowing HOW to use it, would love to see good
before and after video in subsequent updates (should they exist) of this
Now, onto the kit itself. Included was everything advertised, the pads and
attachments looked to be of very good quality. I had a VERY dirty, scuffed,
beaten-to-hell Whitewater bare playfield I was waiting to use as a lab rat
for this. My lovely s/o Alicia, partner in pinball crime, painstakingly as
directed cleaned the surface dirt off the p/f , leaving a very dull,
scuffed, swirled example of WW. Some wear areas around flippers and a couple
inserts, it still didn't look like a playfield I would expect anyone to
consider actually using in a game.
Now, onto the main event. It is explained that you should use a
variable-speed drill, and mine was currently non-functional, so I did use a
regular single-speed drill being extra "delicate" on the pf. Started with
the Powercut 3, for 2 applications, then the 2, then the 1.
Even though I slightly deviated from recommended practice, all I can say
is...WOW. The playfield after treatment came out amazing. Yes, it would
still need someone to touch up the wear marks, but those aside, it is
actually a respectable playfield, something I would have NEVER told you 2
weeks ago when I pulled/stripped this from the parts cabinet it came from. I
fully expected this playfield to go in the dumpster, or to Allentown for
maybe a few dollars, or a beer, or a small part in trade, as a decorative
item. I can actually see a WW owner/restorer now seeing this as a "project"
playfield that could potentially be saved/fully restored.
I don't care one bit for politics or soap operas, and I don't care one iota
about the recent dramas involving the TC folks or anyone else. But I HAVE to
tell you, the results I got from the Polishing kit test were absolutely
phenomenal, and DEFINATELY worth the price of the kit knowing I'll fix up a
few more games with the remaining Powercut compound. I'm definately a happy
For the curious, here's an admiteddly not terribly professional, but picture
nonteheless of the playfield in question - I know, I know, you can't get
much from it, but understand that this playfield looked HORRIBLE before last
Oh, there's also BTW pics of the Hurricane and SF2 I'm bringing to Allentown
at http://www.mindoasis.com/pinball in case anyone has interest.
Bottom line - this kit is definately a good buy and lives up to its hype!