A Guide to Reproducing Pinball Playfield Plastics

This article describes a method for reproducing pinball playfield plastics. It is the result of a large amount of trial and error, mistakes and successes. But it is by no means definitive. If you have comments or additions, please feel free to send them to me.

General description

The process outlined here uses a flatbed scanner to scan the image from an existing plastic. The image is touched-up and color corrected, then color laser printed to a transparency. The transparency is painted white on the "bottom" side and adhered to Lexan or Plexiglass using a special glue. The result is a reproduction that looks incredibly like the original, right down to the texture of the white underside.


What can't be reproduced?

Unfortunately, you cannot reproduce ramps or any other piece of plastic that is not flat using these techniques.

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