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By Russell

2 years ago

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#1 2 years ago

When I first got Star Trek LE, the first week the playfield looked like the surface of the moon. I was shocked and unhappy. I just decided it was a flawed playfield, but I would just keep playing it and not worry. By the time I sold it, it had smoothed out to the point that individual dimples weren't even visible.

Is this the same thing that is happening for BM66 owners? Do they just need to play through it, or is this a bigger issue? I saw the magnet dimples, which is weird. I wonder if it will smooth out over time?

Also, are the dimples in the wood or the clear coat? It's hard to tell, any way to know for sure?

#5 2 years ago

It took maybe 100 plays before it smoothed out.

So, are those Williams/CPR playfields just infinitely dimpled or are some playfields/clearcoats just more resistant?

#9 2 years ago
Quoted from Travish:

I have looked up the dimpling issues and what is the cause. Is it soft wood, soft clear coat or what? I have 36-37 year old Williams without a single dimple. I also have a CPR with thousands of plays and not a single dimple.

Can you show us a well-lit pic of your old Williams playfield with no dimples?

#15 2 years ago

That I500 does look pretty clean, but I suppose it would take removing a ramp or something to prove that it isn't just uniformly dimpled...?

#28 2 years ago

I find it interesting that both sides of this debate think they have it right. Is it possible that both things are true?

What I mean is, could it be that some older playfield were indeed made with better wood or better clear coat or whatever AND that Stern playfields dimple badly but who cares because it all evens out over time.

I'm looking forward to someone "proving" that an old Williams playfield is truly not at all dimpled. Good pics on the WCS above, but I still can't tell. I know it's hard to take good pics illustrating this issue.

#49 2 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

Only nubies and trolls post about playfield dimples on Pinside.

So...which are you?

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