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Is there any downside to playfield protectors?

By beefzap

5 months ago

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    “Is there any downside to playfield protectors?”

    • No Downside, a good investment 44 votes
    • No way, not needed to protect damage and might affect play 51 votes
    • No Opinion 10 votes

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    #1 5 months ago

    Getting a BM66 and a Munsters. I see these protectors are reasonable price wise and advertised as easy to apply and easy to take off.

    If you do take them off I assume the playfield will not be damaged during that process?

    Given the dimpling issues it seems like an easy decision to just do it and eliminate the dimples.

    Any experiences with these and details would be appreciated.





    #55 5 months ago

    Thanks for all the various comments and experiences.

    My main reason for considering this is for new Stern games to prevent playfield damage from day one. I would not put on an older B/W machine as I have not ever had one that had any damage/dimples/craters.

    My TWD looked not so good after ~100 plays and want to prevent that from happening on any new games.

    Sounds like about 50/50 as far as any negative effects.

    Getting BM66. Anyone installed one on a BM66? Installation easy? Which supplier did you use (not sure if there are multiple ones)?

    #111 5 months ago
    Quoted from spinal:

    I've learned something about this hobby by readying this thread - didn't know all the different ways of thinking about protectors!
    Anyway, I wish that the OP would put a poll on this thread because it would be interesting to see the percentages.

    Poll Added

    1 week later
    #168 5 months ago

    Well.....I bought one for my BM66 that I should be receiving this month. I will post my impressions once I get that sucker installed and play a few games. Thanks for the spirited discussions and points and counter points. Worst case I lose a little over a hundred bucks

    1 month later
    #179 4 months ago

    Put a protector on my BM66 and looks great and I can't tell any gameplay differences. Not a bad install either. I will do this again for any NIB Sterns that I buy.

    2 weeks later
    #226 3 months ago
    Quoted from JodyG:

    For me, playfield protectors are about as dorky as velcro shoes.

    Nice avatar

    1 week later
    #251 3 months ago
    Quoted from Aniraf:

    The conversation about the “wet spots” or newton rings has me really interested in a solution. protectors is there anything we can do to solve that? The concept of dusting the underside seems logical, but I wouldn’t want to put some kind of powder all over my machine.

    I only see them when the game is off (BM66). They are not noticeable when the playfield lights are on at all on my machine. So no big deal to me.

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