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Refurbishing my old Coleco

 
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Al_brokenwing
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:15 pm    Post subject: Refurbishing my old Coleco Reply with quote

Hi, it's good to see there is still lots of interest in these old games. I grew up with a Coleco 5170. I just pulled it out again and I am in the process of refurbishing it. I made a base out of 2x4 and a leveling system with bolts under the ice surface. It works well but I think it can be better. I like the looks of the Carleco customs. What are they using for an ice surface? It looks durable and fairly slick from the pictures on here. I don't want to spend lots of money but want something to play against my son on. Thanks.
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aj5380
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there, most people use "bathroom board" which is a 1/8 masonite surface with one side that has a white finish. It's available at any large lumber store. Also, I have found that you use Krylon spray paint to finish any masonite surface, and the puck moves very smoothly. Good Luck!
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Paul
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Al,

Welcome to THH!

You can try using 1/2" MDF board. For the top surface you can get the rink design printed on vinyl then have it laminated. The vinyl should have a sticky side on the back in order to apply it to the MDF board.

-Paul
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Al_brokenwing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, those vinyl ice surfaces, are they the same stuff you get done at a car lettering place like Trimline? Do you just play on that surface or do you have to coat it or seal it? Is 1/2 inch not too thick to use the factory bases for the players? Sorry, I have lots of questions and I am excited to relive my childhood. Very Happy
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Steve Dowell
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:48 am    Post subject: RMOC Reply with quote

Al - Here are a few links you can click upon that describe many conversations about ice surface refurbs. I hope they help and good luck. Of course always feel free to contact us personally if you wish.

The bottom line is: everybody has their own likenesses when it comes to an ice surface. Some people like their surface to be "tight" i.e., the puck wouldn't move if it were pushed by a Mack truck; others like the puck to slide the length of the ice with ease at the flick of a finger. Anyway, here below are the links. Best regards: Steve

http://www.tablehockeyheaven.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1203

http://www.tablehockeyheaven.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1012

http://www.tablehockeyheaven.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=704

Once you discover what type of player you are and/or what type of surface you like; non-slick or slick as described above, you are on your way! Blazing Guns
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