Quoted from dendoc:
I have playfield protectors on my ACDC and LOTR. Installed them myself about 2 years ago. Did it just because they were new and I wanted to see what they were like on my HUO NIB machines. Not a pain to install or remove - just have to be able to strip and reassemble a playfield (thank goodness for digital cameras). They don't affect the playing of the games, make the playfield look very shiny, haven't shown up any scratches in all this time. I do agree it's probably overkill for HUO games, but does stop dimpling from ball strikes on the playfield.
My only concern on TH is the pop- up characters. These protectors all have an edge which is unavoidable. I don't know how much of a gap will be left between the tops of the "traps" and the protectors. May just cause a little ball deviation, but purely speculation until I see one in action. If you are unsure, I wouldn't bother, but for routed games it nice of JJP to go to the trouble of offering them, and installing them!
Hi there, I thought I should explain why I thumb downed your post. I have a pf protector installed on my LOTR and it does impact ball physics, it has to as it has different physical qualitites to a surfaced playfield. I would say it's the degree to which it affects play that it is up for debate...
IMO the plastic protector seems to offer less friction. This characteristic irritates me at times but not enough to remove the protector.
p.s. I'm in for a TH and have opted 'no' for installation of a pf protector, logic being that JJPs pf are of a better quality than Stern's were at that time