Backglass Restorations Intro

At BGresto.com we restore and repair the artwork on pinball backbox back glass score glasses. This involved scanning in the original artwork. Once in the computer, we correct the flaws and missing artwork that has been damaged due to time, wear, scratches and delamination. Then the artwork is re-printed either in its entirety or sections onto the original glass (or new tempered glass if doing an entire restoration.) Note this isn’t silk screen, it is a digital process. It looks like much like silk screening, and back lit, it does have a slightly different look (our new process starting March 2013 is nearly identical in “look” to silk screening.) Note we do NOT print to a translite – our process bonds right to the glass. Using this technique, much like shown by Alan Lewis, we can repair an original glass. Or if the glass is too damanged, we can re-do the entire glass. If you would like to see what work we have done, check out our Backglass Blog of past work (or just look at the list of glasses we’ve done at the end of this page.)

A “before” original glass, ready for restoration.

An “after” glass, after the restoration.

The advantage to this service is in the case of rare games. That is, we do “one off” restorations. Yes there are a number of companies providing “reissue” silk screened backglasses for pinball machines. If this is available for your game, you should take advantage of that. But what you’ll find is this generally is only offered for games that are popular. Additionally reissue glasses are re-made in runs of about 10 to 100 units. Often reissue glasses get sold out with no hope of a re-run, leaving you with no choice but to restore the original glass. And what about that weird game that you own, and that game no one else seems to have? The companies making reissue backglasses aren’t going to re-pop your game’s score glass, because they just won’t sell enough to warrant the work and expense. That’s where we come into play. We’ll do that “one off” glass for you. We can even do custom glasses with specific modifications, if you so desire.

How is the Glass Repaired?
The process for repairing/restoring a glass is multiple steps. After the artwork is scanned and clean up on the computer (both the front color layer and the back mask layer), the color layer is printed on a special paper. Then the back lit mask layer is printed on a clear mylar. The area of the glass to be restored is scrapped clean (or if the glass is a total loss, a new tempered sheet of glass of the proper thickness and size is used), and the two prints laid on the glass. Last the glass is put into a vacuum oven. The vacuum sucks out the air bubbles, forcing the new artwork onto the glass. Then the heat is applied melting the color layers to the glass, bonding it to the glass. This gives an excellent repair that is extremely durable (though the glass should still not be subjected to extreme cold temperatures.) Note we do NOT print a translite film and sandwich it between glass – our process is much more sophisticated, and generates a top notch commercial product.

What is the Process to Get a Glass Restored?
If we’ve never worked on your game title before, we need a picture of the front and back of your original glass. From that we can tell if there’s enough original artwork to restore the glass. If we have done your game’s artwork before, we obviously don’t need to scan your game’s glass, and we don’t need your score glass up-front. (But at some point in the process, we will need your original glass, much like an automotive shop “core” is needed when buying rebuilt engine parts.) If we’ve never worked on your game title before, your glass will have to be mailed to us, then scanned and digitally corrected.

If we have done your game’s title before (check the list below), the process is faster (as the artwork is already done.) Note every restoration is custom, and we do not generally have any title “in stock.” Restoration cost is generally $175 to $225 (shipping is usually about $50 additional.) Cost ultimately depends on your original glass and its condition, whether we’ve restored your game title before, and some other factors. The time it takes for a restoration is usually 2 to 12 weeks. Some glasses go quick, others not so much. So please be patient with us.

BGresto.com Pinball Show Schedule.
We do go to some pinball shows. The one we always go to is the Ann Arbor Pinball Show. You can see their web site for details. So if you have a glass that needs restoration, it is very convenient to meet us with your original glass at a pinball show. We also display our work and have some glasses available for sale outright at shows. Please stop by to check out our restored glasses.



Backglasses We’ve Restored and that are Currently Available for Restoration.
Here’s a list of backglasses we’ve already restored. If you need a glass restored and we’ve already done that glass in the past, the work is considerably easier and usually faster. (That’s because the scanning process and artwork clean-up is already done.) If your desired glass is not listed below than we definitely need your glass for scanning (and it has to be in somewhat reasonable condition, otherwise the artwork clean-up process takes much longer.) Titles below with a “*” means there’s a blog entry about that restoration.

Bally Games.
Bly Air Aces
Bly Aladdins Castle*
Bly Baby Pacman
Bly Big Valley*
Bly Black Jack SS
Bly Boomerang*
Bly Bon Voyage
Bly Bow & Arrow
Bly Bus Stop*
Bly Capersville*
Bly Campus Queen*
Bly Capt Fantastic Home*
Bly Centaur*
Bly Centaur II
Bly Champ*
Bly Circus 1957*
Bly Cosmos*
Bly Cross Country*
Bly Dixieland*
Bly Eightball
Bly Embryon
Bly Firecracker*
Bly Flip Flop
Bly Four Million BC
Bly Freedom*
Bly Goldball
Bly Hang Glider*
Bly Hi Deal
Bly Gator*
Bly Granny & the Gators
Bly Heavy Hitter 1958*
Bly Hootenanny*
Bly Hotdoggin*
Bly Knockout
Bly Lost World
Bly Mata Hari EM*
– Bly Mata Hari SS
Bly Medusa*
Bly Monarch*
Bly Monte Carlo
Bly Nipit
Bly Nitro Ground Shaker*
Bly Old Chicago
Bly Quarterback*
Bly Paragon
Bly Rockmaker*
Bly Rogo
Bly Sea Ray*
Bly Sexy Girl (Bly Playboy conversion)
Bly Sharp Shooter* gun game
Bly Skill Roll*
Bly Skill Score*
Bly Strange Science*
Bly Striker Bowler*
Bly Star-Jet*
Bly Star Trek
Bly Strikes & Spares
Bly Time Zone*
Bly Twin Win* (custom topless)
Bly Viking
Bly Wiggler*
Bly Wizard
Bly Zip-a-Do*

Gottlieb Games.
Gtb 2001*
Gtb 300*
Gtb Abracadabra*
Gtb Airport*
Gtb Alien Star*
Gtb Aquarius*
Gtb Atlantis*
Gtb Atlas*
Gtb Ace High*
Gtb Asteroid Annie
Gtb Astro*
Gtb Big Brave*
Gtb Big Indian* (custom “Big Injun” modification)
Gtb Big Casino*
Gtb Big Shot*
Gtb Buffalo Bill*
Gtb Buccaneer*
Gtb Captain Card*
Gtb Captain Kidd*
Gtb Card Whiz*
Gtb Centigrade 37*
Gtb Central Park
Gtb Countdown*
Gtb Crescendo
Gtb Crosstown*
Gtb Devils Dare*
Gtb Dodge City
Gtb Double Action
Gtb Dragon*
Gtb El Dorado*
Gtb Drop-a-Card*
Gtb Fashion Show*
Gtb Fast Draw*
Gtb Fire Queen*
Gtb Flip-a-Card*
Gtb Flipper Clown*
Gtb Flipper Fair*
Gtb Flipper Pool*
Gtb Flying Carpet*
Gtb Flying Circus*
Gtb Four Square*
Gtb Gemini
Gtb Genie
Gtb Gold Strike*
Gtb Happy Clown*
Gtb Harbor Lites*
Gtb Haunted House*
Gtb High Hand*
Gtb Hot Shot*
Gtb Hurdy Gurdy*
Gtb Jack in the Box*
Gtb Jacks Open*
Gtb James Bond*
Gtb Jetspin*
Gtb Joker Poker
Gtb Jumpin Jack* (custom topless modification for customer)
Gtb Jungle King*
Gtb King Arthur*
Gtb Kings and Queens*
Gtb King of Diamonds*
Gtb King Pin*
Gtb Lawman*
Gtb Liberty Belle*
Gtb Lite-a-Card*
Gtb Lucky Hand*
Gtb Mibs*
Gtb Mini Pool*
Gtb New York*
Gtb Oaklahoma*
Gtb Old Faithful*
Gtb Out of Sight*
Gtb Panthera*
Gtb Picnic*
Gtb Pink Panther*
Gtb Pioneer*
Gtb Pin-Up*
Gtb Pinball Pool*
Gtb Playball*
Gtb Preveiw*
Gtb Pro Football*
Gtb Pro Pool*
Gtb Qbert’s Quest*
Gtb Quickdraw*
Gtb Road Race*
Gtb Rocky*
Gtb Rollercoaster*
Gtb Royal Flush*
Gtb Scuba*
Gtb Sea-Belles*
Gtb Seven Seas*
Gtb Shipmates*
Gtb Show Boat*
Gtb Silver*
Gtb Sinbad*
Gtb Sky Dive*
Gtb Sky Jump*
Gtb Spin Out*
Gtb Star Race*
Gtb Star Trek*
Gtb Strange World*
Gtb Sweet Sioux
Gtb Sure Shot*
Gtb Surf Champ*
Gtb Surfer*
Gtb Super Circus*
Gtb Super Score*
Gtb Sweet Hearts*
Gtb Target Alpha*
Gtb Target Pool*
Gtb Team One*
Gtb Time Line
Gtb Top Card*
Gtb Top Score*
Gtb Tropic Isle*
Gtb Volcano*
Gtb Volley*
Gtb Vulcan* (with Marvel comic modification)
Gtb Wagon Train*
Gtb Wild Wild West*
Gtb World Beauties* (with a modification)
Gtb World Fair*

Classic Stern Games.
Stern Ali
Stern Big Game*
Stern Dracula*
Stern Dragonfist*
Stern Flight 2000
Stern Freefall*
Stern Galaxy*
Stern/Pinstar Gamatron*
Stern Nine Ball*
Stern Nugent*
Stern Quicksilver
Stern Seawitch
Stern Split Second*
Stern Stargazer*
Stern Viper

Williams Games.
Wms 1953 Deluxe Baseball*
Wms Action Baseball*
Wms Add-a-Ball*
Wms Algar*
Wms Alien Poker*
Wms Ambush Gun*
Wms Apollo*
Wms Arctic Gun*
Wms A-Go-Go
Wms Aqua Gun*
Wms Aztec*
Wms Barracora*
Wms Base Hit*
Wms Big Deal to Big Dick* (modification)
Wms Big League*
Wms Blue Chip
Wms Beat Time*
Wms Big Ben (1954)*
Wms Blackout*
Wms Black Knight*
Wms Casino*
Wms Colors*
Wms Crossfire*
Wms Dipsy Doodle*
Wms Doodle Bug*
Wms Eight Ball*
Wms Fast Ball*
Wms Fiesta*
Wms Firepower*
Wms Flash*
Wms Flintstones (custom)*
Wms Four Aces*
Wms Four Roses*
Wms Fun Fest*
Wms Grand Lizard*
Wms Grand Lizard proto*
Wms Grand Prix*
Wms Grand Slam*
Wms Gulfstream*
Wms Hayburners2*
Wms Heat Wave*
Wms Highways*
Wms High Speed*
Wms Honey*
Wms Hot Line*
Wms Hot Tip SS*
Hot Tip EM*
Wms Jolly Roger*
Wms Jubilee*
Wms Jungle*
Wms Jungle Lord*
Wms Klondike*
Wms Laser Cue*
Wms Liberty Bell*
Wms Little Chief*
Wms Lucky Seven*
Wms Major League 1963*
Wms Miss-O*
Wms Nine Sisters*
Wms No Good Gofers*
Wms Op-Pop-Pop*
Wms OXO*
Wms Palisades*
Wms Penny Pitch*
Wms Pharaoh*
Wms Phoenix*
Wms Pitch & Bat*
Wms Pitstop*
Wms Post Time*
Wms Pot O Gold*
Wms Ringer*
Wms Screamo*
Wms Skill Pool*
Wms Skylab*
Wms Smart Set*
Wms Solids N Stripes
Wms Sorcerer*
Wms Space Glider
Wms Miss-O*
Wms Space Mission*
Wms Space Odyysey*
Wms Spanish Eyes*
Wms Star Light*
Wms Star Pool*
Wms Star Series baseball
Wms Stratoflite*
Wms Suspense*
Wms Superstar*
Wms Superstar baseball
Wms Swinger*
Wms Swords of Fury*
Wms Thunderbird*
Wms Time Fantasy
Wms Time Warp*
Wms Titan*
Wms Travel Time*
Wms Triple Strike*
Wms Upper Deck*
Wms Wild Card*
Wms World Cup 78*
Wms Yukon*

Other Games.
Atari Centipede*
CCM All American shuffle*
CCM Big Top*
CCM Bowling League*
CCM Casino*
CCM Coney Island rifle*
CCM Criss Cross Ski Ball*
CCM Fascination*
CCM Gun Smoke*
CCM Hee Haw*
CCM Hockey Champ*
CCM Home Run*
CCM Match Bowler*
CCM Mustang*
CCM Playball* (having a print problem due to size)
CCM Riot Gun*
CCM Super Circus Rifle*
CCM Superstar*
CCM Super Score*
CCM Tenth Frame shuffle*
CCM Twin Skeet Shoot*
CCM Top Ten*
CCM Twin Rifle*
CCM Twin Skeet Shoot*
CCM Yankee Baseball*

Gameplan Sharpshooter*
Genco Gun Club*
Genco Lucky7*
Genco State Fair*
Evans Bat-a-Score*
Evans Saddle & Turf*
Exhibit Supply Sky Chief*
Keeney High Score League Bowler*
Marvel Pop Up*
Midway Champ*
Midway Gang Busters
Midway Haunted House*
Midway 1 Million BC gun*
Midway Monster Gun*
Midway Pirate Gun*
Midway Sea Devil*
Midway Sea Raider*
Midway Stunt Pilot*
Midway Target Gallery
Mutoscope Atomic Bomber*
Rockola Shuffleboard v1*
Rockola Shuffleboard v2*
Rockola Shuffle-Lane*
Taito Ice Cold Beer*
United Derby Roll*
United Fifth Inning*
United Leader shuffle alley*
United Top Hat shuffle alley*
Keeney League Leader*
Scientific Batting Practice*
Sega Cowboy*
Wico Aftor*
Zaccaria Clown*
Zaccaria Devil Rider*
Zaccaria Farfalla*
Zaccaria Magic Castle*
Zaccaria Robot*
Zaccaria (Tecnoplay) Space Team*
Zaccaria Time Machine*

* games with blog entries.


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