(Topic ID: 200659)

Mylar: why or why not?

By UNCgump

2 years ago

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#4 2 years ago

I have pulled a lot of Mylar and I’ll second the above post. If the game is going in the home it will be fine. Looks better. Faster. Etc... if it’s going out somewhere it will wear out. A lot of older games hve planning under the Mylar and once exposed it can really start to crack up

#6 2 years ago

Typically Mylar removal weakens paint around the insert in my experience. I have seen some games that got significantly play with the Mylar removed that all began to wear. I think I’m location it would probably wear quickly. Especially an older game. It wouldn’t deter me from buying a game by no means though and I pull it a lot of times on games I have

#13 2 years ago
Quoted from cody_chunn:

The mis-information that playfields don't wear in a home setting needs to be abolished. Even in home settings playfield wear can develop around pop bumpers, in front of slingshots at flipper tips, ball drops, around inserts, rollover trip-wire holes...more.
Do with this info as you wish, but do not believe the "heavy wear" areas on a game don't wear in a home. It takes longer and isn't as much as route games, but they will wear.

I don’t think anyone is disagreeing with this statement at all. If the game is played it is going to wear. In the home setting the wear will be significantly less.

#17 2 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

I've read that a few people have had success with this polishing kit for taking care of cloudy mylar:
amazon.com link »
I won't remove mylar unless absolutely necessary--it's too much of a pain, and carries some risk of lifting paint. It did its job in protecting the playfield, and it really doesn't affect play all that significantly. Clean it and wax it, and balls travel over it fine.
I also add mylar to protect from wear when I'm done shopping out a playfield. Most of the older games I work on don't have the benefit of those new protectors anyway.

I have full intentions on trying that on my phantom of the opera.

I typically will only remove the Mylar if it is peeling or discolored. I will put strips in front of drop banks and slings and also add Mylar circles to areas where the ball drops out of a ramp or from an upper playfield.

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