Category: Terminator 2: Judgment Day Pinball

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Pinball Restoration


It has been nearly a year since I started this restoration work of  my Terminator 2, and now it is finally completed.


It was a great challenge and many times I found myself tempted to abandon it. One of the biggest problems in this restoration was the playfield, it was in very poor condition, with some of the ink out, discolored or mylar with the need to be removed.

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On the area of the bumpers, the wood had some big holes…

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Removing the mylar, turned out to be quite hard because most of the ink, which was already damaged, come out.

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The cabinet was relatively easy to restore, I had only to strengthen some parts, to avoid problems in the future.

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I had to redesign the entire artwork  because the old one had some scratches and was discolored in some parts.


I had to solve all the problems of the playfield so in the end I could apply the clearcoat.

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In the execution of the painting, I changed between brush and  airbrush, but most work was done with airbrush.

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The result: a totally new pinball machine!

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After all the paint touch-up and general cleaning in the playfield, I gave two layers of clearcoat to seal the artwork … it looks really good!

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My skull of T2, initially had his jaw broken, probably because he caught some flying ball: D

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I decided to put some new bumpers, but this time I bought the chrome ones. I think it maintains the style of the pinball machine


I also had to do some lighting tests, because I wanted to put it all in LEDs. I did a scketch to see which color would work better, and I think it worked out fine.

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And finally, I started assembling around the playfield, plastics and cleaning of bridges, new rubbers, etc.

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This post is getting too long so I leave you with the photos of the end result. Hope  you enjoy it! It was a hard job but I think the effort paid off. I’m extremely happy with the end result. After all it’s almost like new xD

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As an arcade fanatic I’m also passionate about pinballs. I thought I should have one to complete my garage. Who doesn’t remember playing Creature from the Black Lagoon, Twilight Zone, Tales from the Krypt, Theatre of Magic among many others?

Terminator 2: Judgment Day pinball was designed by Steve Ritchie and released by Williams Electronics in 1991.T2 was known as one of the first pinball games to feature a dot-matrix display. Actually it was the first Williams WPC machine that was designed with a DMD in mind, but, due to the long design phase, the Gilligan’s Island pinball was released earlier. It was also the first game to feature a ball-firing cannon and a video mode. The playfield design was based on Ritchie’s 1980 classic, Firepower. Also have voices provided by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.

I did some research online and found a guy who was selling a Terminator 2: Judgment Day, repaired properly and working perfectly. I didn’t think twice and bought it.

I must tell you that it looks awesome in my garage. I had some problems with it but now it works beautifully. btw the highscore is mine  xxxD

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