Quoted from jgadzia:
i have a question about the metal ball guides that are hammered into the board. Can i clear around them or am i going to have to pop those out. And if i pop them out from the underside, will they just hammer back in when i am done with the clear coating. I am worried if one gets bent will i have problems replacing it?
Get a flat piece of wood 1/4" to 3/8" thick. Use this as a prying platform. Place it under you ball guide and start prying up slowly with a flat blade screwdriver. If you are lucky there will be no pinched, or flat areas on the ball guide that could damage your play field as you are prying.
don't force anything. Be gentle. If you run into resistance, stop, have a closer look before you proceed.
Now, for my insulting observation: you don't sound like you know what you are doing when it comes to clear coating a play field. This is no time to play hero or try to save a few bucks.
What is your experience with painting? From a pressure spray gun? From a foo foo can? Have you shot 2-part paints before? Do you know what I am talking about when I ask you about 2-part paints? Do you know what a catalyst is? How about catalytic conversion process?
Do you know how to correct orange peel? Now about fish eyes? How about dry paint?
Do you have a setup for fine sanding, buffing and polishing a clear surface to make it really shine?
If you don't know what you are doing you can really screw the pooch.
I'm sorry, but that idiot who is going to shoot some foo foo can clear needs to be taken off the air. Of all the vids on how to prepare for clear coating you had to pick the absolute worst one.
DE Star Wars is a desirable pin. Study hard and learn what you need to do to do it right.
I apologize. I hope I do not offend you. I just want to get your attention.
I live in Wichita. I do not know the person who offered you a CC job for $250.00 but $250.00 for a clear coat is a nice price. Polyurethane clear costs around $100.00 a quart. You can use $30.00 to $50.00 worth of clear for a nice job. Sandpaper costs and arm and a leg. Sanding and blocking out clear takes some time. $250.00 is a good price and it looks like he does some nice work.
Peace. Good Luck whichever way you decide.