Hi, I am attempting my first Playfield swap. I bought a new Mirco CFTBL that arrived yesterday. I ordered the Playfield Saturday and it arrived in Wisconsin on Thursday from Germany. The packaging was excellent and am very pleased with the speed of delivery and the Playfield looks awesome. It arrived faster than the 50lb of corn cob media from Home Depot.
I have read many, many Playfield swap posts, but they are very long so I couldn't read them all. As I get further into the swap I'm sure I'll be searching for more information.
The Mirco has dimples where the holes in the Playfield should be placed. Do I need to pre-drill these holes?
I have many Tee Nuts mounted already, I made a nice tool to pull the Tee Nuts with a bolt (I saw in the forum here, great tip).
I am concerned with screwing in the wood threaded posts and screws and twisting/tearing the clearcoat. I saw the suggestion to use the special Brad point drill bit in reverse, but what size drill bit would I need to buy?
Does the Playfield need to be waxed?
I already stripped the original PF, I have already washed the 3 main wiring harnesses in the dishwasher, I have already unsoldered all of the flasher sockets and polished them overnight in walnut shells and soldered them back in place. I tried the Flitz polish from Ace Hardware and it was ok (very expensive $7 for a small bottle). So yesterday I used Brasso from Lowes which is $3.50 for a bottle twice as big and I think it worked better. I learned quickly you put in the polish and turn on the vibrator for 10-15 min to let the polish mix with the walnut shells before adding the parts. If you don't do this you get big clumps of goo all over the parts which is a mess to clean up, and you need to start over with the vibrating.
I'll post some pictures once I find my Compact Flash reader. Thanks for the help. I'm going to dive into this Playfield swap today!