Quoted from jwilson:
Some people, like myself, feel that clearcoating and polishing the back of the game is taking things to an absurd level.
My *personal* opinion is that this game is way, way over the top with the chrome everything and polished clearcoat cabinet and that it kind of defeats the spirit of the game by transforming a functional commercial machine into a display object that many would be hesitant to even play. Sort of the pinball equivalent of a "trailer queen," a show car that is only rolled on and off a trailer at car shows and is never actually driven. I prefer HEP restorations that bring games back to new as though they were coming fresh out of a box, but don't go overboard into clown puke LEDs, light-up everything, playfields full of plastic toys and crazy toppers.
Normally I wouldn't say so in a thread like this in the spirit of keeping needless negativity down, but since you asked I thought I would answer.
I gotta be honest, but I think you're wrong. If you have ever been in a restored 50's diner (or seen pics) everything was polished stainless or chrome and lots of glass and/or mirrors. I think the chrome is very much in the spirit of a 50's diner. Even the reflective clear gives it that sort of "pop" that you would see in a classic diner (c'mon...they even used quilted, polished stainless in alot of their backsplashes).
Do I think polishing the back of a game is a bit over the top. Yes. But only because the effort is for something that isn't seen, so the gratification isn't obvious.
As the owner of "Pinball Art Prints", your criticisms are a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. You don't like the "trailer queen" restorations, but you sell prints of artistic interpretations of pinball. Frankly, I fail to see what productive result your commentary leads to other than waving some arbitrary flag that says your opinion is meaningful in this thread.