Quoted from Magicmike0:
2 questions my friends.
Will there ever be any more toppers available? First time I’m thinking of getting a topper.
Also wondered if the armor is there just for looks, or does it actually prevent (in time) cabinet fade from where sweaty hands rest? This is my first stern and first pin where I can add accessories. I got the art blades. Love those.
Cabinet fade/wear around the flippers was a thing for sure in the 90's and early 2000's, I haven't seen it on recent Stern's though to be honest. That additional material on the armour is very much for the theory of wear protection though... beyond sweat it can help with dings or scratches from rings or long nails too. I was checking out the AIQ armour today and was disappointed with it being black to be honest, I didn't find it much of an upgrade. I'd rather add something powder coated personally, check in with Robertstone0407 for options, you'd have to do lockdown bar, hinges and legs too mind you.
I hadn't heard whether AIQ was getting more toppers but I have noticed that Stern has been committing to more accessories for past sold out ones, so hopefully more will come to stem the tide on the aftermarket mark up we've seen going on.