I wanted to post a few comments about a Spirit playfield that Ron Kruzman restored for me. I bought it from John Dayhuff two years ago, and although there was very little wear, the paint showed extensive "planking", or vertical lines.
John shipped the playfield (actually the pair) to Ron, who ultimately repainted the entire surface and then cleared it. The level of detail is staggering -- there are large areas that have a "half-tone" dot pattern, and somehow Ron managed to repaint these entire areas as well as the lettering. He did an amazing job, and I can't imagine anyone being able to detect that it has been repainted without a *very* close examination. Even then, it would be tell-tale signs such as darkening of the wood in unpainted areas. He also re-painted the back side in the original grey, so it looks brand new. I've attached a photo to give you a sense.
Paint was followed up by a beautiful clearcoat. It's a bit thick for my taste (closer to a modern playfield versus an older solid state), but the inserts are all completely flat and it is nothing short of stunning.
It was a looooong project, but I knew that going in, and Ron did an excellent job of communicating all along. I could have pushed him, but it was more important to me that he spend as much time as necessary to get it done right -- which he did! He didn't bill me until the job was done, and I was frankly shocked at how reasonable it was, considering the amount of time he must have put into this job. He also built a nice wood crate and wrapped it in paper and padding inside the crate so it was bullet-proof.
I know Ron isn't the most popular guy with some folks, but my experience has been wonderful -- the quality of his work, and the very fair cost -- I could not be happier. If I had another important playfield that needed to be restored, Ron would be my guy for sure.