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Is there any downside to playfield protectors?


By beefzap

1 year ago



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    “Is there any downside to playfield protectors?”

    • No Downside, a good investment 67 votes
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    • No way, not needed to protect damage and might affect play 72 votes
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    • No Opinion 21 votes
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    #351 66 days ago

    What is the quick procedure for installing a playfield protector on a brand new playfield?

    I assume:

    1) Novus 1 on the playfield.
    2) Wax the playfield.
    3) Install the protector Novus 1 on the protector and wax or not wax the protector depending on preference.

    I have a NOS clear coated playfield that was cc'd over the mylar. Not sure why this was done, but I feel better about having the playfield protector for the raised cc along the mylar edges, small raise though.

    #352 66 days ago

    Do NOT wax the playfield !!!

    Yes clean it but not wax it. The wax is known to leave white residue over time under the protector.

    #353 66 days ago
    Quoted from KozMckPinball:

    I have a NOS clear coated playfield that was cc'd over the mylar. Not sure why this was done,

    Polyurethane clear is compatible with the mylar rings and such. Pulling mylar can be a risk. I would, and have pulled the mylar from a couple of my play fields. but I don't think I would want the risk of pulling the mylar on your play fields.

    2 months later
    #354 3 days ago

    I recently received two protectors from Germany, one for Pinbot and one for Space Invaders. Just noticed that each one had a little lip all along the edge around the entire protector. Can anyone who has has one of these installed in their non-clearcoated pin long-term, have you noticed the edge digging into your playfield at all? This lip worries me, the protector may prevent all ball-caused wear, but if the lip digs into the playfield over time, that's going to be just as damaging.

    #355 3 days ago

    Can you post a photo?

    Quoted from jibmums:

    I recently received two protectors from Germany, one for Pinbot and one for Space Invaders. Just noticed that each one had a little lip all along the edge around the entire protector. Can anyone who has has one of these installed in their non-clearcoated pin long-term, have you noticed the edge digging into your playfield at all? This lip worries me, the protector may prevent all ball-caused wear, but if the lip digs into the playfield over time, that's going to be just as damaging.

    #356 3 days ago
    Quoted from jibmums:

    I recently received two protectors from Germany, one for Pinbot and one for Space Invaders. Just noticed that each one had a little lip all along the edge around the entire protector. Can anyone who has has one of these installed in their non-clearcoated pin long-term, have you noticed the edge digging into your playfield at all? This lip worries me, the protector may prevent all ball-caused wear, but if the lip digs into the playfield over time, that's going to be just as damaging.

    Get a small jeweler's file or some 400 or 600 grit sandpaper and run it along the edges to remove the lip. Or you can contact the producer and see what happens.

    #357 3 days ago
    Quoted from ralphcousman:

    Can you post a photo?

    Took several photos but I can't get the camera to focus well on that area, no matter what I do. This one below shows it a little, if you look at the reflection right above the "W" on the coating, and at the pointy part on the right side, that's light reflecting off the lip. These things are supposed to be perfectly flat from edge to edge, correct? The lip runs all around mine, and around every circle/void inside it, and on both sides.

    Quoted from cottonm4:

    Get a small jeweler's file or some 400 or 600 grit sandpaper and run it along the edges to remove the lip. Or you can contact the producer and see what happens.

    The whole point of buying these pre-made was so that I wouldn't have to do any work to it, I might as well have cut my own. Plus there's no way running a file or sandpaper around the edge isn't going to damage it or keep the "clear" look to it. There's enough of a lip, on both sides of the protector, that not only do I do I catch my fingernail on it, but I can't even catch the edge of the protective plastic coating to peel it back so I can see exactly how bad the lip is. Will try getting in touch with the mfr. and see what they say.
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    #358 3 days ago
    Quoted from jibmums:

    The whole point of buying these pre-made was so that I wouldn't have to do any work to it, I might as well have cut my own. Plus there's no way running a file or sandpaper around the edge isn't going to damage it or keep the "clear" look to it. There's enough of a lip, on both sides of the protector, that not only do I do I catch my fingernail on it, but I can't even catch the edge of the protective plastic coating to peel it back so I can see exactly how bad the lip is. Will try getting in touch with the mfr. and see what they say.

    Hence, my suggestion to contact the manufacturer. I have made several of my own protectors. It sounds like you still have the protective film still on. You can take file and run it along the edge at a 45 degree angle and removed the lip. A PIA? Yes. But it can be done.

    You have 2 options. File it away. Or call the maker.

    #359 3 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    Hence, my suggestion to contact the manufacturer. I have made several of my own protectors. It sounds like you still have the protective film still on. You can take file and run it along the edge at a 45 degree angle and removed the lip. A PIA? Yes. But it can be done.
    You have 2 options. File it away. Or call the maker.

    Yeah, sorry, that came off as a little curt. Just kinda pissed as I have to mothball my games again for a while before repopulating the playfields. Emailing them right now.

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