Quoted from Muskie82:
For those of you that have used the grid decal and insert decals are they easy to install? I saw some on Ebay and wondering if these are a quality product? Also, would I be able to lay clearcoat on top of them? Just wondering if this would be easier than trying to touch up that area with paint and save some time going the decal route. Thanks
Mine came with a decal on it but it is lifting in the corner, and of course, inevitably, wax gets on it and it will gradually get worse. I finally just tracked down a good restorable playfield on eBay and am planning to do a swap in the future.
I personally am wary of the idea of clearing over a big decal like that, seems extremely likely that you will get ghosting/separation over time. If you just want to take the quick route to getting the playfield a bit more presentable (after all, many pin bots have that whole chest area scoured down to the wood), it’s not a bad way to go at all for a “keepnit running” players game. If you want to do a really nice restoration job and reset the cloak on the game’s lifespan, read up on Vids Guide to playfield restoration and get it just right. It really depends on what you are after.
As to applying the decal, I would approach it similarly to doing cabinet decals - position it with blue tape, keep one half held down while you roll back the other half, then peel off that half of the backing paper and cut it off with scissors. Burnish the decal down with a felt squeegee. Now lift the other half and squeeqee the rest into place removing the paper as you go.
But, again, I would advise against this if you are clear coating.