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Dished Insert Varathane Fill - Technique-Only Question


By clodpole

5 months ago



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    #2 5 months ago

    Don't do one thick coat or you will regret it... it may not fully cure if you do this and you'll make a mess when trying to sand flat... I'd do multiple thin coats, and let each one cure. I use small plastic pipettes for dripping varathane and or sucking air bubbles back out once you've dripped the liquid. You'll want let the top coat fully cure because it will require some serious sanding to flatten the varathane without hosing the surrounding playfield art. I use low tack paper tray liner to protect the playfield when sanding (cut round circles in the liner that allow full insert sanding only).

    Tons of helpful info on pinside on sanding paper, grit, other methods, etc. I performed this method on a Bally Expressway many moons ago ... came out great.

    #4 5 months ago
    Quoted from clodpole:

    Thanks - that helps.

    Example of the liner:

    mazon.com/Magic-Cover-Clear-Self-Adhesive-Drawer/dp/B0170QQ67C/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=low+tack+shelf+liner&qid=1579543901&s=home-garden&sr=1-1

    Place a large enough piece of liner on the playfield that will protect the surface while you sand the insert flat. Prep the liner with a circle cut the size of the insert prior to applying... the key is to allow sanding of the insert surface while protecting the surrounding playfield surface from sanding. I'd start with 600 grit with a small sanding block, moving to 800, 1200 and finishing off with novus 2 or similar polish. It's a difficult process if you're not clearcoating the playfield afterwards, but it's a lot better than having cupped inserts for sure. There are many similar alternatives, but this is the way I've done it. Keep in mind it's a very difficult process; be patient. Also keep in mind when applying your clear to get out all air bubbles in each layer, or else it will never sand out clean. Even though liner is tough, you may have to replace the liner several times with a new piece as it gets hammered with sanding cuts.

    #5 5 months ago
    Quoted from Dono:

    Example of the liner:
    mazon.com/Magic-Cover-Clear-Self-Adhesive-Drawer/dp/B0170QQ67C/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=low+tack+shelf+liner&qid=1579543901&s=home-garden&sr=1-1

    amazon.com link »

    #10 5 months ago
    Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

    Use a Product called Everbrite. It is clear, hard, and it is a Self Leveling evaporation.
    Cleans up easy with Alcohol, and youll have a perfectly leveled insert.
    No mistakes possible.

    yes, please describe your method, sounds promising!

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