My Dialed In LE has developed a groove in the clearcoat down to the plywood without me realizing it, and now that I've seen it, I'm trying to figure out what I can do without replacing the whole playfield. I'm unsure of the cause, although it's obviously related to the VUK/phone scoop (maybe the angle/speed, or maybe the ball was damaged). There's a long oval where the clearcoat has been grooved around the bare plywood which isn't clear in the photos.
I will definitely add a strip of mylar to cover the whole length of the ball path from the phone, but I can't do that without filling in the groove somehow. I was thinking I could use something like model paint to gently fill in the missing blue spot, and then try to find some clear varnish to level the groove (then buff it down), but I can't risk making things worse. I'm totally new to playfield repair, so any beginner's advice would be appreciated. I've got nothing on hand to start this process, so I'll need to buy everything -- any online stores/links would be very helpful since I'm located in Hong Kong and will almost certainly have to order from abroad and ship things here first (although I could get model paint locally).
And as an aside, have any other owners had this problem with the phone scoop?