Mr. Pinball Tip:

Most plastic and metal electro-mechanical scoring reels can be cleaned using soap and warm water, CP-100, Wildcat #125 playfield cleaner, or Novus #2. I prefer using Novus because it works completely, quickly, and leaves a glossy finish. So far I haven't found anything that doesn't come off with Novus. If you don't have this you may find that some soiling may require two of the other cleaners to be removed. Be cautious when using the more powerful solvents such as CP-100 or Wildcat. It is rare, but some Bally score reels have been known to lose ink with too vigorous application of these solvents. This is another reason why I prefer Novus.

For a single-player machine it may be easiest to remove the reels. For multiple-player machines it is easier to clean them in the machine. Be careful when cleaning them in the machine that you hold the reel still while you rub, otherwise you may damage the mechanism.

Note that paper reels cannot be effectively cleaned.
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