Ok guys, I'm about to tackle some artwork restoration on my Taxi, and I'm curious as to what you prefer for post-restoration protection. I'm thinking about possibly going one of two ways with this:
1) After touching up the field, use the Mylar lower playfield protector from Marco's, adding pop bumper rings and some custom cut/applied sections to the Santa kickout and the Gorby lane leading to the top of the rollovers. Total cost - about $55 in mylar pieces. Drawback? Multiple Mylar pieces can affect ball travel. I really wish they did a full field protector!!
2) Getting one of these new poly playfield protectors to cover the whole field with one seamless piece. Cost - about $135 after shipping. Drawback? Untested product, unknown life-span.
Just to be clear (pun intended) I am NOT going to clear coat this playfield - so please don't suggest it. If I were to go to that kind of trouble and expense, I would buy a repro and rebuild the whole table. I have some minor wear around the 5 green inserts in the middle, around Lola, and the pop bumper area. I am starting to get a wear spot from the Santa kickout. The field is level, plays awesome and I simply want to touch up the artwork that is there and prevent any future wear.
What says the community?