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Clear coat over acrylic paint

By Platinumcd

2 years ago

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  • Latest reply 2 years ago by Scoot
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    #1 2 years ago

    Hello pinballers. I have a Playfield that was very rough it had little to no clear coat on it when I got it. I have had the rough spots touched up with acrylic paint and I am happy with it now. I would like to protect it now as well as out some shine back to it. It is located upstairs and was very hard to get up there so I was wondering if I can get a clear I could brush on so I didn’t have all the fumes. I have read several posts about people using an air brush. I am not confident in my ability to do that. Or is a Mylar protector a better option for me at this point?

    #2 2 years ago

    I did clean and wax the Playfield when I first got it. But it’s still very dull. I cleaned any wax off before the touch up.

    #3 2 years ago

    Check this out and see if this is what you were thinking


    #4 2 years ago

    Would something like this work just to put a protective coating on it and then wax it ? I’m not trying to get it to that deep gloss finish just protect the paint from major wear mostly.

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    #5 2 years ago

    I used some partial clear touch ups with some acrylic clear and it held up just ok. Painting it on by hand would be difficult. Airbrushing is the way to go but I understand it can be challenging for some. Have you thought of a playfield protector? The new types are very good and have a nice shine to them. It would also protect the touched up paint and make the playfield look like it was clear coated. I recently played a friends pin that had a protector and it looked like a new Playfield.

    #6 2 years ago

    Scoot that may be the best route for me to go in my situation. I appreciate the input !!

    #7 2 years ago

    Buy a protector from https://www.playfield-protectors.com or make your own.
    This will also protect the paint and no need to clear. Its removable later.

    #8 2 years ago

    Are these hard to install ? I see it said it takes several hours ? I can’t find a video.

    #9 2 years ago

    easy to install playfield protector ,the difficulty depends on game and how many components need to be removed to install it

    #10 2 years ago

    Is it for your Jungle Lord? It looks Like you would have to remove the upper playfield to lay down the left orbit. I would say it wouldn’t be any more difficult than a complete shop job.

    Here you can see what the protector would cover.


    These are not cheap, I just ordered one for my T2 and it came to almost $200 with plastic protectors included. But it is much cheaper than buying a new playfield or getting it clearcoated by a professional.

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