As far as protecting your plastics #1 choice at pinbits:
Protect high wear areas #1 choice is cliffy protectors:
not sure where to get the missing character.
Have fun the game is AMAZING especially in HUO condition!
Also, you may want to put a small piece of clear plexi at the back of the shire because many here have said that the ball hitting the vertical plastic has caused the vertical plastic to break at the rivets.
I just used a box cutter and cut about a 1x1 inch piece of lexan and used some double sided tape to hold it behind the metal bracket that the vertical plastic is mounted to. You will not even be able to see the tape if you do it correctly.
Rob, Here are the pics you requested of the custom protector for the riveted shire vertical plastic.
I took them through the glass so they may not be the best. The plastic is not something you would notice unless you were looking for it from the shooter's perspective or from the sides.
On the third pic, it is a view from above and behind. You can see the little thin piece of white double sided tape just a little and it is attached behind the stainless steel part so it is not visible for the player. There is a little gap between the added plastic and the riveted plastic and it seems to be holding its position with no problems.
One other note, it looks better in person than in pictures. In pinball, everything seems to look worse in pictures than in reality.
Thanks for all the advice. I am going to buy the plastic protectors from pinbits and the cliffy protectors for the holes.
Like the idea of plexi to the back of the shire and will do that.
Just purchased the ringwraith from the ebay using the link provided.
Should I do anything to protect the playfield from wear?
Update, I used velcro instead of double sided tape to hold the custom protector onto the vertical mounting portion. The double sided tape was tearing because it is made of foam and velcro does not have that problem. The velcro has been holding the protector for many months now without any problems.
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