I decided to start the painting process by going over the white areas under the plastics. There are several reasons for this choice:
- I could use straight white paint - no mixing or color matching involved
- Whitening the areas under the plastics will create greater reflection of the general illumination, resulting in a brighter overall playfield
- These five areas comprise the largest area of solid color and they're bordered by black lines, making it a little easier for my first attempt at painting
- If I mess up, they'll be covered by other stuff later on
Painting a pinball playfield requires smooth, even application of paint and the best method for that is to use an airbrush. I started by applying frisket over the white areas - it's a thin clear adhesive film that acts as a mask for the paint. I then used an X-acto knife to cut the frisket around the white border. Then, I taped scrap paper to the playfield, as seen above, to prevent any accidental sprays. Against the white paper, you can see how the original white paint has discolored to a shade of ivory.
It took a little effort, but I got the airbrush working. I placed the GI bulbs back so paint wouldn't get into the sockets.
Then, I removed the masking paper...
I also used frisket to touch up one other spot - the 1000-point bonus tag.
You'll notice that mixed a taupe color, rather than white, so it matches the other tags. So much easier than re-painting all of them.
I also touched up a bunch of other little areas, including the worn spot between the lower pop bumper and the kickout hole.
Again, it's not collector's quality perfect, but it's better than when I started. Here's a final look: