I was curious if HSA used stickers on pf resto's as mentioned above. The short answer on TAF stickers is he has never used them. He has cleared over the work others had done with an overlay. He will no longer do that even if the person wants it done. Here is his complete answer with permission to post here.
"So to answer the questions about the recently restored playfields that I just finished (Bob's Medieval Madness and Aaron's Embryon):
Bob's MM http://www.hsapinball.com/HSA_PINBALL/hsa143.html - No overlays or stickers were used to cover playfield wear. Some of the insert text was silk screened back on the playfield and the rest of the playfield was either airbrushed painted or hand painted back on.
Aaron's Embryon playfield http://www.hsapinball.com/HSA_PINBALL/hsa142.html - Again no overlays or stickers were used. Everything was hand painted or airbrushed.
Addams Family - ??? I have restored a lot over the years. I can not remember using any overlays or stickers to cover any wear. I do, however, remember doing a few Addams Family playfields from several years ago that was basically a clear coat only job and the owners used Jeff M (Classic Arcades) mansion overlay to cover it. They installed it and I clear coated the playfield basically. I will no longer do this EVEN if they request it.
I have anyways been a person against using playfield overlays and large decals to fix a playfield. I get emails all the time from people wanting me to clear coat on top of a playfield overlay and I tell all of them NO. I do know that the other guys will clear coat over playfield overlays. Actually one of the other guys just did an Earthshaker overlay. It's actually on the other guys website.
Every restorer (myself, Playfield Renovations, Bill Davis, etc) has used insert decals or water slide decals to fix inserts. I do try to avoid using insert decals and I now have small silk screened masks that I use to fix the more common inserts on certain playfields (MM, MB, etc).
Even heavy worn playfields like this EK http://www.hsapinball.com/HSA_PINBALL/hsa122.html - is restored without using any stickers, decals, overlays, etc.
The one thing to remember about me (HSA) is that I am not a ONE person operation. I run an auto body shop and have access to a real spray booth. I have a staff of artist who do my airbrushing and paint touchups. My current artists are much better than my old guys that I used to use 5-8 years ago. I have changed some of my procedures and the type of products that I used to increase the overall quality of the restorations.
Brian @ HSA