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Author Topic: How to Strip Paint off a Mills War Eagle Slot Machine? and Polish?  (Read 2140 times)

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I just got this for $900 off Craiglist. It's working perfectly. The paint is OK, but I'd like to strip it, polish it, and repaint it properly.

Is there some method or product that is standard to do this with?

I don't want to screw up this beautiful machine. It's 100% complete and working. My 8th slot machine, my first Antique slot.

Thanks guys! -Nate

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Re: How to Strip Paint off a Mills War Eagle Slot Machine? and Polish?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2022, 08:19:05 AM »
Dirty Slots,

 Congrats on your first antique slot.  I think you will be hooked now.  You got a nice find on the war eagle.  Is the photo of your machine?  If not, looking forward to seeing yours.

 As for stripping, painting and polishing.  Some will say leave it as it's only original once.  However, that is up to you.

 If I was to do it.  I would use a gel paint stripper (some call it aircraft stripper) and let it sit as directed and use a toothbrush to get into the corners.  Then rinse it off and repeated if needed.  It will probably take a few shots to get it all.  If you polish it.  I would personally do a light polish.  I don't like the real shiny look myself.

 Now for the paint.  On that machine I would use 1 shot sign paint.  I know a lot have people who used that back in the 80's for restorations.

 Below is a photo of a friend's trade stimulator that I stripped and did a light polish on.

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Re: How to Strip Paint off a Mills War Eagle Slot Machine? and Polish?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2022, 01:00:17 PM »
Thanks for the info and pics. I'm looking at different War Eagle paint schemes right now and trying to find one that I really like. I know I want to have the eagles chest be shiny metal, I'll probably try and polish is pretty bright. Here are the actual pics. It took me 3 days to upload them *(slow internet). It's ready for a "re-do". The mechanics works perfect. I think after a proper paint job and a new bottom oak piece (2 cracks), it will be fully restored. The sides are perfect. Great deal for $900! 

went backand bought his other one for $900, a fully restored PACE. The baddest PACE I ever saw! https://newlifegames.com/nlg/index.php?topic=37022.0;topicseen

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Re: How to Strip Paint off a Mills War Eagle Slot Machine? and Polish?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2022, 01:09:44 PM »
I think after a proper paint job and a new bottom oak piece (2 cracks), it will be fully restored. The sides are perfect. Great deal for $900! 

 I don't think you need to replace the base.  Almost all of these old oak cabinets crack.  Normal you can just glue & clamp them back together.  Best of luck with your new toy.

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Re: How to Strip Paint off a Mills War Eagle Slot Machine? and Polish?
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2022, 03:05:54 PM »
Were you wearing a Ski Mask when you made the purchase?
You soled it. What a Great price.
Yours looks original.
There use to be a Company in Denver or Lakewood called something Bell..maybe Royal Bell?..
He purchased a lot of the old Mills parts & manufactured some. His machines were extremely nice & run smooth with the 4 clicks.
They were nice but not made in the 1930,s.
If you take out the Meck. many times the original Mills label will be on the left side with a date of manufacturing.
I have a Mills Castle Front & I removed the Drill Proof Sides & found an original label, with the inspector initials & a date of 12-26-35.
Make sure your Clock stays oiled. It controls the reels spinning.
They are fun & will be working after were all gone.
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Re: How to Strip Paint off a Mills War Eagle Slot Machine? and Polish?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2022, 03:14:30 PM »
Please don't replace the wood base.
Yours looks original & should have a Serial Number on the Back?
After a new paint job with the correct colors you could get around $3,000.00 for one.
A new Base would take the serious collector out of the bidding.
The Machine should have Mills part numbers on most of the main parts.
The re-manufactured ones don't have part numbers.
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Re: How to Strip Paint off a Mills War Eagle Slot Machine? and Polish?
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2022, 06:50:51 PM »
Thanks so much for the info! I will leave the orginal base for sure. I can clamp and glue it no problem. I'll look for some of those numbers tomarrow.

...yeah, I have been following eBay and Craigslist ads on old machines for a long time. I realize I got a steal on those for $900 each.

He sold me this one too:

 

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