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Has anyone ever used a playfield protector from playfield-protectors


By Rewdood

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    I am doing a Whirlwind playfield clean and touch up and want to put down something to protect it, but do not want to do clear coat. I have been looking into these and have heard mixed things. Does anyone have any experience with these?

    https://www.playfield-protectors.com/

    #2 1 year ago

    Yep a PF protector will do the trick. I have done 4 of my W/B games and I am very pleased on how they look and play.

    #3 1 year ago

    Thank you!

    #4 1 year ago

    Yes, have several and they are great.

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from Rewdood:

    I am doing a Whirlwind playfield clean and touch up and want to put down something to protect it, but do not want to do clear coat. I have been looking into these and have heard mixed things. Does anyone have any experience with these?
    https://www.playfield-protectors.com/

    We have them on every machine, old and new. We really like them.

    #6 1 year ago

    I will never use them and I will remove them if they are on a game I buy. Changes the way the game plays and feels.

    #7 1 year ago

    Have one and hate it. I got it for my pm as its a sample and has decals for some of the artwork. Wanted to protector it. Had to modify it to get it to fit (was slightly too big next to a ball guide). Things love to get stuck under the stupid thing. It scratches easily. I know some people like them, but I will only order another if its a proto/sample with decal for artwork.

    #8 1 year ago

    installed a lot of em.
    Make sure you put a small amount of wax on a new one and it'll play like it should.
    I was a little skeptical at first, but once you get them installed correctly it works out great.
    As you know it's subjective on how a game feels after the install, to me it feels the same, maybe slightly faster... hard to say though.

    #9 1 year ago

    Yup. Once installed correctly, waxed, and new balls, you will love them.

    Changes the way the game plays? Yes sir, makes it play like it should, like new again instead of cupped inserts and rough paint messing up the ball and shots.

    I wish they made them for every game I got. Sadly they do not

    #10 1 year ago

    How do slightly raised inserts react or affect it. I just picked up a game I would like to get one for.
    A couple inserts are just poking up.

    #11 1 year ago

    I have a heavily cupped HarlemGlobtrotters that is covered in mylar. I'm think this may do the trick or at least put off larger efforts.

    #12 1 year ago

    I put one on my Pinbot after I did a full Mylar removal and restore. I thought it played fine.. it certainly looked nice in there too!

    #13 1 year ago

    Why? Are you going to keep it great condition for the next owner to enjoy. It's yours, enjoy while you own it.

    #14 1 year ago

    They work fine but always need a little trimming. Be careful if you have raised inserts. You will get an air pockets under the protector. Those air bubbles drive me nuts.

    #15 1 year ago

    I personally want it to preserve the hard work I put into making the playfield sparkle and shine

    #16 1 year ago

    I think the ball loses some roll and slides a little more. Which is why I think some will say the game play is faster,I agree.
    If you are doing touch ups and want to protect it and not spend a lot of money on other options, this is for you.
    If you bought a players machine and don't want to get a new playfield just yet but want to have a good playing surface to atleast play the machine and have some fun, this is for you.
    -Mike

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    #17 1 year ago

    Can you only buy them online from Germany? Are there any local distributors that help on saving shipping costs

    #18 1 year ago

    I have one on my Tron. Have never thought to remove it. I play significant tournament pinball and would notice if it was adversely affected. Also we have 3 newer sterns with them at a location and those games play great, I never notice they have them unless I really think about it. Go for it I say

    #19 1 year ago

    I have them on 2 of my games and I like them.

    #20 1 year ago
    Quoted from Hdmike444:

    Can you only buy them online from Germany? Are there any local distributors that help on saving shipping costs

    Nope, Bay Area amusements has them. Shipping is a lot cheaper from them. Example.. http://bayareaamusements.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=GS-DINER

    #21 1 year ago
    Quoted from Leeb18509:

    Nope, Bay Area amusements has them. Shipping is a lot cheaper from them. Example.. http://bayareaamusements.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=GS-DINER

    Thx but they are out of stock.

    #22 1 year ago

    I put it on my CFTBL. I like it. You can also read this post for more information.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/lexan-playfield-protector-install-and-review

    11 months later
    #23 79 days ago

    I was just passing through, when I came across this topic. What concerned me most, is that I thought this would cause more slide, skidding, and possibly some excess spin on the ball. Even those who love the protectors state that you will experience these 'side effects'. Ball control is my greatest skill, and the most important part of my play-style, and I wouldn't be willing to give up an iota of it. Thanks all for the info- I can clearly see that this is not something that I would want on my PF.

    2 months later
    #24 6 days ago

    Are there any difficulties waxing on top of these? Do they want to move around or anything as you're waxing?

    #25 6 days ago

    not really at all no. They might move a millimeter or so each way depending on how close its cut to posts/mechs/etc.

    #26 6 days ago
    Quoted from hocuslocus:

    installed a lot of em.
    Make sure you put a small amount of wax on a new one and it'll play like it should.
    I was a little skeptical at first, but once you get them installed correctly it works out great.
    As you know it's subjective on how a game feels after the install, to me it feels the same, maybe slightly faster... hard to say though.

    I know I am replying to a year old post but I have a question bout what was stated: Put a little bit of wax on the UNDERSIDE of the playfield protector? Is that what's being stated? Or wax on top? Or both?

    #27 6 days ago
    Quoted from KozMckPinball:

    I know I am replying to a year old post but I have a question bout what was stated: Put a little bit of wax on the UNDERSIDE of the playfield protector? Is that what's being stated? Or wax on top? Or both?

    no, not the underside.
    I usually naptha or novus 1 the playfield really well then install.
    After the install clean the top with novus 1. If you fine with the speed leave it, otherwise wait for around 50-100 plays and then wax the top only.
    it's a night and day difference before and after waxing, and you rarely have to do it after the first wave (mainly novus or plastic polish). I usually only re-apply wax once every thousand plays or so.

    #28 5 days ago

    For what it's worth, here is what I did with mine.

    I have a rather worn playfield on my Bally Bon Voyage. We love playing it. The playfield had been Naphtha'd, Novus 2'd and waxed about 1.5 years ago. I waxed regularly afterwards. I purchased a protector. Before install, I vacuumed the playfield, did some minor touch-ups around inserts then waxed it one last time. Then I installed the protector and waxed the protector. I was happy with the look, the play is good and now I do not have to worry about my playfield disintegrating as we play. My plan is to wax the protector and change the ball as needed.

    #29 5 days ago

    I have a Funhouse with some wear on the playfield typical of this machine. I have had this FH for about four years and the wear is stable. I checked out the "play field-protectors" website and their product does sound intriguing especially if you don't want or need to replace a playfield. My questions are as follows: to those who have put this product on their playfield how difficult was this to do? There is some mylar on the play field. Does this need to be removed?

    #30 5 days ago
    Quoted from reynolds531:

    I have a Funhouse with some wear on the playfield typical of this machine. I have had this FH for about four years and the wear is stable. I checked out the "play field-protectors" website and their product does sound intriguing especially if you don't want or need to replace a play filed. My questions are as follows: to those who have put this product on their play field how difficult was this to do? There is some mylar on the play field. Does this need to be removed?

    Difficulty will depend on each play field. You will most likely need to remove plastics and maybe the flipper outlane guides. You may need to remove some flipper posts. What ever keeps you from laying the protector down flat will need removed. I don't think Funhouse will be difficult.

    I'd say leave your mylar alone.

    Once you have it laid down you will need to assure it laying flat on the play field. if there is the tiniest bit interference with a play field part, the protector will hump up and have a gap between itself and the play field. Double check around all posts to make sure there is not contact. If there is contact you may need to remove some material with a Dremel Tool.

    #31 5 days ago

    i have them on all my machines, I love them and if you need a video to show what is involved let me know.

    #32 5 days ago

    I assume pop bumpers need to be removed?

    #33 5 days ago
    Quoted from Xtraball:

    I assume pop bumpers need to be removed?

    nope, they slide exactly over

    #34 5 days ago
    Quoted from Xtraball:

    I assume pop bumpers need to be removed?

    Just the cap. Flippers need to come out.

    #35 5 days ago

    It took an evening to do mine.

    I was doing a full flipper rebuild too (the night before).

    #36 5 days ago

    I will be putting a protector on MMR soon. There is only one problematic bit that I see - putting the protector behind the castle and there's that bend plastic part of the castle that needs to be removed and one does not want to cut it in half... I think putting down the pf-protector should go in a couple of evenings.

    #37 5 days ago
    Quoted from Nepi23:I will be putting a protector on MMR soon. There is only one problematic bit that I see - putting the protector behind the castle and there's that bend plastic part of the castle that needs to be removed and one does not want to cut it in half... I think putting down the pf-protector should go in a couple of evenings.

    bent plastic piece of the castle?

    #38 5 days ago
    Quoted from hocuslocus:

    bent plastic piece of the castle?

    Yes, that's the one. I think it will be the most difficult bit.

    #39 5 days ago
    Quoted from ralphcousman:

    i have them on all my machines, I love them and if you need a video to show what is involved let me know.

    How scratch / ding resistant are these protectors? I'm wondering about from ball traffic on the top side (esp. if a ball got scratched up), and any playfield scratches on the underside. They look pretty resilient though, I'm guessing this is a non-issue with regular maintenance and ball changes.

    I'd love to order one of these for my EM. Shipping to the US is kind of pricey (~$45) but it looks like it's shipped flat.

    Edit - Ordered! No more hemming and hawing for me. Total with the protector, shipping, and PayPal currency conversion fees was about $160 USD.

    #40 5 days ago

    The MM castle comes out pretty easily. Not a big issue.

    The protectors play like a freshly waxed playfield.

    #41 5 days ago

    The protectors (or at least mine anyway) was shipped in a roll in a tube.

    #42 5 days ago
    Quoted from LeChuck:

    How scratch / ding resistant are these protectors? I'm wondering about from ball traffic on the top side (esp. if a ball got scratched up), and any playfield scratches on the underside. They look pretty resilient though, I'm guessing this is a non-issue with regular maintenance and ball changes.
    I'd love to order one of these for my EM. Shipping to the US is kind of pricey (~$45) but it looks like it's shipped flat.
    Edit - Ordered! No more hemming and hawing for me. Total with the protector, shipping, and PayPal currency conversion fees was about $160 USD.

    Very resilient , I compare the material to the same on headlights. You can lightly buff scratches out and in my experience ball life is extended. Air balls do not make me cringe anymore. Best part is piece of mind in knowing I can play all I want guilt free. worst case I’ll just buy another protector if this one wears out, or play on the untouched playfield.

    I’ll be doing a Batman 66 on by the end of the month. I’ll make a video or stream it.

    #43 5 days ago

    All mine have shipped flat between two pieces of cardboard.

    Be sure to use new pinballs or they will get scuffed.

    #44 5 days ago
    Quoted from LeChuck:

    How scratch / ding resistant are these protectors? I'm wondering about from ball traffic on the top side (esp. if a ball got scratched up), and any playfield scratches on the underside. They look pretty resilient though, I'm guessing this is a non-issue with regular maintenance and ball changes.
    I'd love to order one of these for my EM. Shipping to the US is kind of pricey (~$45) but it looks like it's shipped flat.
    Edit - Ordered! No more hemming and hawing for me. Total with the protector, shipping, and PayPal currency conversion fees was about $160 USD.

    Too bad you didnt do it last week, they were ruunning a 20% off sale.

    The last few years at Allentown they offered a 10% discount and free pickup at the show. You had to pre-buy it online about a month before the show. Maybe the would do a similar deal at TPF if people expressed an interest?

    #45 5 days ago
    Quoted from docquest:

    Too bad you didnt do it last week, they were ruunning a 20% off sale.
    The last few years at Allentown they offered a 10% discount and free pickup at the show. You had to pre-buy it online about a month before the show. Maybe the would do a similar deal at TPF if people expressed an interest?

    And Black Friday is around the corner, as well.

    #46 4 days ago
    Quoted from docquest:

    The last few years at Allentown they offered a 10% discount and free pickup at the show. You had to pre-buy it online about a month before the show. Maybe the would do a similar deal at TPF if people expressed an interest?

    I asked, but no response yet.

    #47 4 days ago
    Quoted from ralphcousman:

    Best part is piece of mind in knowing I can play all I want guilt free. worst case I’ll just buy another protector if this one wears out, or play on the untouched playfield.

    Exactly!

    #48 4 days ago

    I played a Sinbad with a protector and I was very impressed

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    #49 4 days ago

    I absolutely HATE playing a pin with one of these installed. It changes the ball roll, it adds more spin, it also changes the speed and sound.

    #50 4 days ago
    Quoted from ViriiGuy:

    I absolutely HATE playing a pin with one of these installed. It changes the ball roll, it adds more spin, it also changes the speed and sound.

    Or it makes playing the game much better, like on my HH. The window has no impact on the ball path now. Love mine.

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