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Dished Insert Varathane Fill - Technique-Only Question

By clodpole

5 months ago

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    #1 5 months ago

    If you've used liquid varathane to fill dished playfield inserts, would you describe your method, please? I'm expecting to drip it in with a small diameter straw, but don't know whether in several thin coats or one thick one.

    Or... if you think you have a viable alternative which works well to level dished inserts, feel free to describe your materials and method. I'm wanting to improve upon what I feel are Superglue's bad features, which are very short working time and acetone solvent requirement.


    #3 5 months ago

    Thanks - that helps.

    #7 5 months ago

    I'm experimenting with one other filler material, which will take a week or two. Stay tuned - I'll keep you posted, and thanks again for your help!

    #13 5 months ago

    Post appreciated; just getting weary of "enforcers" who want us all to use one method. Your way sounds very interesting; I'm fooling with a different (water-based, alcohol removable) clear, but it doesn't level itself as well as Everbrite seems to.

    Anyway, thanks!

    #20 5 months ago

    I started with an experiment before oldpinguy described his Everbrite method. I mixed GAC200 and acrylic clear medium 50/50 (which I just learned gets you about the same thing as Mod Podge Hard Coat) and thinned with water, and dripped into inserts with pipette. Later, added lots of thin layers with soft brush, and finally smoothed surface with IPA on sponge-on-a-stick. Surface is getting reasonably smooth, but if you look close in these photos, you can see something resembling ice.

    I'm reasonably pleased with the result, but I think I'll try Everbrite next time.

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    #21 5 months ago

    Here's what that area looks like with touchup paint, wax, and a layer of mylar:

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    #23 3 months ago

    Please post results/opinions - I'd like to see how your experiment goes. Good luck!

    #25 3 months ago

    BTW, Pacific Pinball Museum out in CA has a clear acrylic Freedom, which I've played and also studied while my wife played it. It's really cool to watch the mechanisms at work during game play:

    #27 3 months ago

    Hard to play - very easy to get distracted by the gizmos moving around inside!

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    #32 29 days ago
    Quoted from ViriiGuy:

    I promised to report back on my usage of Everbrite. I absolutely LOVE this stuff!

    Thanks a lot for reporting! What sounds so good about it is the absence of sanding and relative ease of use. Anyway, I'm definitely in the Everbrite club now too.

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