(Topic ID: 256334)


By moonraker

14 days ago

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#1 14 days ago

Hi I recently bought a dr dude that is in overall amazing shape. Looks like a playfield swap was done at some point due to zero wear in normal areas ect. I unfortunately noticed a spot or two that looks like minor planking. I guess I am going to have to live with it and was wondering is this ok or is their something I should do to help prevent more and protect what’s there. I’m not going to swap playfield ect thanks

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#3 14 days ago

This is a thing people got all worked up a long time ago, before being replaced with dimpling, then ghosting, and now clearcoats.

“Planking” is perfectly normal on a play field that is decades old
And is nothing to worry about.

#4 14 days ago

Thanks Levi! Makes
Me feel a little better. Searches for a nice one for awhile and love this. Saw that and bummed me out. Here’s pic of game.

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#6 14 days ago

I have nothing constructive to add, but it is fun to say "Ronkonkoma."

#7 14 days ago

I do not agree with this. Dimpling yes, ghosting is not normal(depending on the situation, on a 3 month old Stern for example), planking is not normal. Ghosting and planking absolutely devalues the game.

I agree that your planking is minor and not a big deal, but for example, if I bought a game from someone that didn't disclose planking, and they told me to shut up and deal with it, we'd have a problem.

To me normal means that the issue doesn't de-value the game, a playfield with planking devalues the game.

Quoted from CrazyLevi:

This is a thing people got all worked up a long time ago, before being replaced with dimpling, then ghosting, and now clearcoats.

#8 14 days ago

Should I put removable Mylar over minor areas or just clean wax and play

#9 14 days ago
Quoted from moonraker:

Should I put removable Mylar over minor areas or just clean wax and play

I would just leave it and play it. It looks like you have done some custom work to your Dr. Dude, may just keep your eye open for a replacement playfield for a decent price and do a swap to make it really nice. I do not have a problem with older games showing signs of planking, but to have brand new games planking is an issue. Lots of newer titles that look like corduroy jeans, Spiderman, Aerosmith, Star Wars, Deadpool, etc. I feel planking is not normal and has to do with inconsistency in manufacturing and improper care and maintenance.

#10 14 days ago

I’d be more concerned with that hideous powder coating.

#11 14 days ago
Quoted from Blackbeard:

I’d be more concerned with that hideous powder coating.

I actually think it looks great and makes the game pop!

#12 14 days ago

I like the powder coat. To each thier own. Here’s more playfield pics overall playfield is very nice

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#13 14 days ago

I entered into this expecting to see some good planks, and am leaving with curiosity satisfied!

Thank you Jay.

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#16 8 days ago

just play it!!

#17 8 days ago

I am thanks man

#18 8 days ago

Nice machine!
The jury is still out on excessive dimpling.

#19 8 days ago

To be honest, I never noticed planking or dimpling until someone pointed it out and started complaining about it. I would expect it to be an issue on a 30 year old game. The only person it will bother is you, and only if you let it bother you. That's a beautiful machine. Enjoy it!

#20 7 days ago

Thanks again! Just being anal I guess and thinking of someone picking when I sell or trade. It’s only in a small area and still very little. It’s just so nice everywhere wish it wasn’t there of course. I will enjoy it and chill and assume it will be fine on resale or trade end

#21 7 days ago

I'd clean it, wax it and play it. I've learned the hard way that not every game has to be "Smithsonian" grade to be fun and offer hours of playing enjoyment. If you take a slight hit when selling it, oh well. Just the price of admission.

#22 7 days ago

Gsones, great advice! Very true it gets crazy with obsessing over condition sometimes.

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