kruzman You are correct ,Mirco first prints on the wood then clears them,cut the holes and re clear again.
I know as I have a few playfields here that are printed and cleared but not cut yet.
And here is the pooling/chipping issue...
Problem is that this makes the clear verry thin around the cutted holes ,so chipping is verry fast,and the stacking of the clear makes it to soft and pooling happens. As mirco/JJP has no time to wait for the curing , Even after a year it’s easy to put your fingernail into the stacked clearcoat of the mirco playfields. So keeping them to cure for a year or so will make no diff imho. What you do is the best way sand most clear off and redo the finish you do and it will be rock solid
Here is proof that it’s cleared and printed before cutting . (Will make a picture tommorow of the playfields from pirates uncut)