I just started my first playfield swap using a repro playfield. I waited 3 months from the day I received the playfield before I started populating.
After hammering in my pop bumper shank screws, I noticed tiny scratches appearing in the clear all over (not near the bumpers at all). (see pics). That has me a bit concerned - if the playfield flexing is going to cause scratches to appear, I'm concerned about what might happen when a pinball hits the clear.
Worse, when I hand tightened the first mechanism to the playfield, I noticed an impression was left behind (like when you touch polyurethane before it's dried, and you see your dull fingerprint). When I clamped the playfield to my rotisserie, I put socks under the clamps to protect the surface, when I checked under the clamps, I noticed impressions there as well.
My question is, is this normal? Is the clear too soft? 3 months seems like a long time for the clear to cure and I believe my playfield was one of the last available in a run that was completed 3 months prior to when I received the playfield, so that's a full 6 months waiting time since the clear was applied.
At this point I don't want to name the vendor who sold the playfield - I'd rather not bash anyone if what I'm experiencing is normal as the vendor assures me it is. I just don't want to ruin what was a beautiful playfield when I received it in the mail.
I would greatly appreciate any thoughts from people with more experience than me.