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How to clean your Chexx Bubble Hockey

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Novus 2 and Pledge, used to clean Chexx and other bubble hockey machines

If you buy a chexx bubble hockey, at some point it’s going to get dirty from all the playing or collect some dust on top of the bubble.  Nothing plays better than a clean bubble hockey!  In order to fix this, you’re going to need some cleaning supplies like these:

Novus 2 and Pledge, used to clean Chexx and other bubble hockey machines
Novus 2 and Pledge, used to clean Chexx and other bubble hockey machines

Novus 2 is used to clean the clear bubble over the table.  It’s great at taking out fine scratches and other marks, but won’t help with really deep scratches.  It’s also good at cleaning a lot of other arcade things like pinball machines, but that’s another story.  For really deep scratches you’ll either have to replace the bubble (which can be very expensive at $400) or use a process called flame polishing which can sometimes work but is risky.  I’ve flame polished some pinball ramps before and you have to be very careful not to melt things too much.  You can buy Novus 2 through our Amazon affiliate link here:

NOVUS 2 Plastic Fine Scratch Remover – 8 oz.

For the playfield, the best thing to use is Pledge.  It cleans the surface plus makes it slick for the puck to slide on, making the gameplay a lot faster.  I typically only screw in one of the bubble screws instead the 15 or so you normally use because that way I have easy access for cleaning and other things.  There’s no reason at home to have that many bolts put into it.  You can get pledge about anywhere, but if you want to order it online, you can get it through our Amazon affiliate link here:

Pledge Lemon Clean Furniture Spray – 9.7 oz(pack of 1)
Hopefully this helps the first time your game gets dirty!  You’ll have a nice clean bubble hockey the next time your friends come over to play.

There’s a lot more bubble hockey/chexx information in my Bubble Hockey buying guide which has mods, buying advice, adding names and numbers, etc.

Will this pinball machine fit in my vehicle?

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Black Knight Pinball Machine in a home arcade

This question comes up all the time, I’ve got this SUV and will this pinball machine fit into it?  Well luckily, the owners of a lot of these vehicles have pooled their information together onto a wiki page here:

http://pinwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Vehicles_for_Moving_Pinball_Machines

It’s a great resource to figure out whether that game will fit.  If your game isn’t on the list, you might try posting on the pinside forum to see if anyone there might know.  My last pinball hauler was a Toyota Sienna, and you could easily fit two pinball machines in it by taking out the second and third rows.  The first game would go in sideways through the sliding doors (or in through the back and rotated) and then the second game would be rotated.  If the games had removable heads, you could actually fit three pinball machines in the back, which I did twice in it.

Usually the general rule is:

minivans can hold 2, maybe 3 games

large suv’s can hold 1

a small suv can hold 1 if they’re not too short in the back and if the machine isn’t a taller one like Gottlieb system 3

A trailer is a good option if you’ve got a hitch, usually those can hold quite a few.

PAC-MAN arcade LED clock

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Pac-man clock ghosts moving through
pac-man ghosts moving through

I just picked this up today, it’s probably the coolest arcade clock I’ve seen, a pac-man clock.  Pictures are definitely better than words in this case:

pacman clock normal time
pacman clock normal time
pacman ghosts moving through
pacman ghosts moving through
pacman clock with ghosts to be eaten
pacman clock with ghosts to be eaten

It’s pretty sweet the way the ghosts chase pac-man across the screen and then he chases them back the other way.  The clock is actually on sale right now at Amazon here through my affiliate link:

Amazon PAC-MAN clock Link

Hard to imagine a more ‘game room’ clock than this one.  I also made a video on youtube of the clock here:

The clock is pretty bright in a dark room, so if you’re planning on putting it in a place where you sleep hopefully bright lights don’t bother you.  It keeps track of the month and day as well but never displays them as far as I know, so I don’t know why they’re even there.  It uses a standard AC/DC adapter for power, so if you’re using an outlet make sure you have room for a bigger plug like it has.  If you have any questions on the pac-man clock, feel free to email me.

 

Common Chexx Bubble Hockey parts

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Original Chexx Bubble Hockey USA Goalie

One of the things I had problems with when I was fixing up my original Chexx was trying to track down all the parts I needed from ICE’s website, which isn’t exactly the easiest to navigate.  I’ve tried to make a list below of the common chexx bubble hockey parts that you might need to try and help out some.

Chexx Bubble Hockey Parts

Here are some affiliate links below for parts that you might need for your Chexx or Super Chexx:

Dome Bolt Kit

NHL ICE and decal kit

Hockey Goal Net

Bubble Hockey Dome

Gear Box

Chexx Hockey Rod Grip

New side decal

Super Chexx Puck

Chexx Puck Ejector Assembly

There are some other packages you can pick that have different groups of items, but the ones I listed above are the most common.  I bought a new dome, new ice, players, grips, and puck for my game.  If I had to do it again, I’d buy all the stuff all over again, totally worth it to make the game look like new again.

How to replace your Chexx bubble hockey players

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Starting Russian bubble hockey Chexx player

If you own your game for a while or buy it used, eventually you’ll have to replace a player on your game.  I’ve assembled a step by step guide below to try and help you replace those players should you need to.

First step is to remove the top screws and expose the players so they can be handled.  Once you have that done, it’s time to start removing the old player.  You start that by grabbing the player and turning him until you the square edges are parallel with the edges of the slot.  Follow the captions and pictures below to install your new player.

 

Chexx Bubble hockey up close, you can see the square part of the base.
Chexx Bubble hockey up close, you can see the square part of the base.
Russian chexx player almost out of it's hole
Russian chexx player almost out of it’s hole
Putting new Chicago Blackhawk chexx player into hole
Putting new Chicago Blackhawk chexx player into hole
Chicago Blackhawk chexx player halfway into its place
Chicago Blackhawk chexx player halfway into its place
Blackhawk Chexx player finally installed into its position
Blackhawk Chexx player finally installed into its position
Chicago Blackhawks Chexx player finally replaced
Chicago Blackhawks Chexx player finally replaced

Hopefully by now you’ve got your new player installed.  You can repeat this procedure for the other 10 players if you’re replacing all the players.  I’ll try and post up some pictures of replacing the goalie here pretty soon too, hopefully this guide helped you replace your chexx player.

If you want more bubble hockey info, please check out my Bubble Hockey Buyer’s Guide which has mods, buying advice, repairs, etc.