Long time lurker first time poster...
I have recently bought a Scared Stiff which was cheap but not necessarily great value but bought it as a challenge as it was in fairly rough shape.
I have spend plenty of hours getting the game mechanically & electronically sound to the point that the game functions well but now need to decide how far I take the restoration.
Let me start by saying I am looking to get this game to a good player's quality machine and not a smick collectors quality machine... I love playing with and not looking at my pinball machines.
Virtually every decals on the inserts are completely shot (see pictures at the bottom) and there is some very minor damage which I think can be touched up on the playfield but the actual playfield is in fair condition. Apart from the decals on the inserts having cracked or worn off the inserts some of the inserts are very uneven.
When I first bought the machine I thought I would do a full playfield swap (would be my first one) using a Micro Playfield (https://mircoplayfields.com/en/p/scared-stiff-mirco-playfield) but know toying with the idea of repairing rather than replacing the playfield using a new decal set like the ones from Ministry of Pinball (http://www.ministryofpinball.com/en/game-specific-items/bally/scared-stiff/scared-stiff-insert-decals.html).
The advice I am asking for is:
Would you do the playfield swap or the repair?
If you do the repair and replace the decals...
1) where is the best place to buy good quality decals?
2) do I need to remove & sand flat all the inserts before replacing the decals or do I buy new inserts and start fresh?
3) I presume I re-glue the inserts back into the playfield before sticking the decals back on the inserts and if so how do you get the insert to be the right height so with the decal stuck on it the decal is flush to the playfield?
4) once the decals are replaced is there anything I can do I need to do to "finish" the job short of having the whole playfield clear coated?
Whatever I end up doing I plan to document it with the intention of helping others in the same predicament.
Thanks in advance for anyone who takes the time to give me advice....
The Pinball Evangelist
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