I was considering the decals inside cabinet on either my TZ or STNG.....but raising and lowering my playfields constantly scrapes that area. Is there a way to prevent that? I tried the green felt and it does not help.
Thats a good question. Cant wait to see others responses. I recently finished my FH and among the things I did was to repaint the cab and decals. After I painted, I also cleared everything hoping for a little more protection. I lift my PF ever so slowly and it still seems to rub a little here and there. No big scratches but its a matter of time. I considered using felt along the sides of the PF but didnt.
I did thin felt on both sides. It actually made it worse. My F-14 has just basic hinge and it doesn't rub at all. I was going to try tiny rubber bumpers, but couldn't figure a way to make it work.
What if you covered the areas of the decal where the playfield makes contact with some mylar?
Before I sold my TZ I had bought the inner cabinet decals from Allen at Treasure Cove. He sends along some felt sided tape to put on the side of the playfield and it prevents most friction. You have to take the playfield out to put them in according to Allen. I never installed them so I am not sure if it can be done without removal.
I also installed the Treasure Cove decals in my TZ as part of the restoration process. I did not used the provided green felt tape that Allen supplied. What I did do was install the loop half (soft side) of the self stick Velcro the entire length of the playfield. You have to cut the Velcro to just under 1/2" the entire length and then apply.
I have used the green felt pads and felt tape in other machines in the past and find that it does not have a strong enough adhesive and in a short period of time it just does not hold up.
The advantage of the Velcro is it runs the entire length of the playfield and so far it has offered excellent protection. To date this is the best I have been able to come up with, if someone has a better solution I would like to hear from you.
Note: this will not work on all machines. When I restored my JP I installed the Velcro as I did the TZ, problem was there was not enough clearance between the playfield and the cabinet, so I had to remove it...
You could remove the playfield and plane down the sides a bit with a palm sander to shave/smooth it out. Just a thought.
Several excellent ideas.....The mylar ....if cost effective, seems to be most logical. Erak's idea makes sense, although time consuming. Although it would give me the oppurtunity to really smooth up inside cabinet. Thanks for great ideas.
Yeah, there might be some of the clearcoating drops(bumps) on the side of the playfield which stick out too far causing the scraping.
I am going to try the mylar. I checked at Marco and it is less than 4 dollars per ft. at 22 inches. But now I am looking for decals for STNG and can't locate them. Does anyone know where I may find them? I havn't checked e-bay yet....but will.
I'm sorry Bill, I didn't specify in latest post. I'm looking for inside cabinet sides. I checked e-bay and found nothing as well. Thanks for your help.
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