We're seeing a lot of hobbyist opting for clear coats on restoration work these days. I certainly understand the benefits it provides in regards to wear, preservation, and eye appeal of a table. I was wondering the positive or negative effects this has as far as the ball travel and feel of a table, especially as you start to add extremely thick/slick clear coats to older pins.
Is there ever a time, let's say in the restoration of an older table where you might even choose to not clear coat it purely because of the changes in play characteristics? If the game play becomes too fast (in a negative way), are you finding you have to lower the incline, for an example? Or...maybe are there are no negatives and they always play better in your opinion?