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Is there any downside to playfield protectors?

By beefzap

9 months ago

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    “Is there any downside to playfield protectors?”

    • No Downside, a good investment 50 votes
    • No way, not needed to protect damage and might affect play 62 votes
    • No Opinion 13 votes

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    #261 6 months ago

    I got a #STTNG, which was quite mylared and the Mylar was bubbled.

    It impacted the ball slightly in the upper playfield because there were different pieces applied, partially overlapping and sometimes the ball was redirected or hopping over the edge.

    I pulled it with heat, which went very well. When removed I think I found the main reason for it - a few scratches around the flippers and the right orbit.

    At the moment I would like to play it and not spend a lot of time in a restoration (thorough, cleaning also of subways etc., replacing all rubbers, rebuild of flippers and other work were done), so I also tried a protector.

    I am positively surprised. It fits perfectly, no adjustments were needed, it is hold down tight by the ramp flaps and looks great on the art and hides the few playfield issues quite well. There is no rippling or rainbow effect.

    Gameplay is much better than with the Mylar and I don’t notice any big differences compared to my AFMr (unless the latter is freshly waxed, then it is a bit faster).

    I don’t think that the analogy with the plastic wrapped couches is fair, but it could also be me, who just doesn’t notice the nuances (I do recognize the difference on a plastic wrapped sofa though).

    So my personal vote is on “good solution under certain circumstances”. It is probably not the purist thing to do and might not work for everybody, but it does the job for me for now. It is easily reversible and looks quite good in my eyes. I can still clear coat later when I have more time and patience...

    #263 6 months ago

    You are welcome.

    For me it was a small risk to take - just try it and if it doesn't work, I can still adjust. I wasted money in worse ways...

    Guess it depends on your patience.
    I haven't got any for now. Maybe I'll reconsider in 2 or 5 years, when I played the heck out of the STTNG.

    If I compare it to Mylar it is a simple decision for me - so far, no idea how it will be in 2, 5 or 10 years.

    #265 6 months ago
    Quoted from harryhoudini:

    The guys over in the restoration thread and in the SprayMax thread are enablers, lol.. they are getting me interested in clearing now. Apparently I can do it with all of the under playfield stuff on. I'm going to see what it will take, in terms of work. I still am doing the decal work on it now so I have some time to consider. Still have to put my JP back together since the playfield is all done now. I like the ease of the protector but I'm anal as fuck so I feel like I'd just take it apart soon to clear it.

    Definitely clear then... I’d guess that the edge of the protector around the slings will drive you crazy - all on its own.

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