(Topic ID: 81499)

scratch resistant mirror blades


By PlayPin

5 years ago



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    #1 5 years ago

    I have to replace the mirror blades on my Tron already because of scratches. I have only lifted the playfield a handfull of times. There are deep 4" scratches now that are very distracting. I cant believe it because I am very carefull and checked for anything that may be rubbing but cant see it. Anyone else having this problem? Are there some that are harder to scratch? Thanks for any help/input.. $100 bucks down the drain!

    #2 5 years ago

    can you stick something along the side of the PF,

    #3 5 years ago

    I thought about that. Some kind of extremely thin plastic would be great to have in there before lifting the playfield. Maybe the next great idea: Mirror blade protector kits. Hang inbetween before lifting the P.F. to prevent scratches.

    #4 5 years ago

    Anti rattle tape on sides of Playfield will do the trick

    #5 5 years ago

    You need to figure out what is causing the scratches. My tron is not getting scratched at all. It shouldn't be hard to line up the scratches with that area on the playfield.

    #6 5 years ago
    Quoted from PlayPin:

    I have to replace the mirror blades on my Tron already because of scratches. I have only lifted the playfield a handfull of times. There are deep 4" scratches now that are very distracting. I cant believe it because I am very carefull and checked for anything that may be rubbing but cant see it. Anyone else having this problem? Are there some that are harder to scratch? Thanks for any help/input.. $100 bucks down the drain!

    I feel your pain. Same thing happened on my Metallica,right side only.

    #7 5 years ago
    Quoted from UKCatsFan76:

    Anti rattle tape on sides of Playfield will do the trick

    Maybe but I think it would show though. I need to find a thin protector to slip in the gap that can be removed afterwards.

    Quoted from markmon:

    You need to figure out what is causing the scratches. My tron is not getting scratched at all. It shouldn't be hard to line up the scratches with that area on the playfield.

    Interesting yours is fine? I looked hard and cant tell yet. Maybe its the posts that sit on the tracks. These come clear out when P.F. is put in verticle position. Thing is I watch them very closely when lifting trying not to rub?

    Quoted from MJW:

    I feel your pain. Same thing happened on my Metallica,right side only.

    Thanks! Strange, mine only rubbed on the right side too? This may be a CLU....

    #8 5 years ago

    I have a roll of this: amazon.com link »

    I put adhesive felt on the sides of the playfield on every machine that has side art and/or blades to stop any scratching.

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    #9 5 years ago
    Quoted from PlayPin:

    I thought about that. Some kind of extremely thin plastic would be great to have in there before lifting the playfield. Maybe the next great idea: Mirror blade protector kits. Hang inbetween before lifting the P.F. to prevent scratches.

    I haven't installed the mirror blades yet that I got on Black Friday for use in my Tron, but I saw a tip on here somewhere last year to cut posterboard to place in between pf and blades when lifting it, so that's what I was planning on doing. I'll keep watching this thread for other ideas.

    I like the anti-rattle tape idea that UKCatsFan76 suggested. Regarding Patofnaud's felt tape idea, I read somewhere on here that it can be too thick, will get pulled off by the lifting and then you'll get tape goo on the blades. But that could be based upon certain pins as some will have wider and some narrower gaps.

    #10 5 years ago
    Quoted from Patofnaud:

    I have a roll of this: amazon.com link »
    I put adhesive felt on the sides of the playfield on every machine that has side art and/or blades to stop any scratching.

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    Wow, that looks like a great idea. I think I will try this, thank you!

    #11 5 years ago
    Quoted from Patofnaud:

    I have a roll of this: amazon.com link »
    I put adhesive felt on the sides of the playfield on every machine that has side art and/or blades to stop any scratching.

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    Tried that on some games but clearance between pay field and cab was too tight. I like using felt underneath the lockdown. Hemi did my Metallica like that and I put it on all my other games.

    #12 5 years ago

    My adhesive tape just came right off first time I lifted the play field. Unfortunately, I think some games just are built tighter than others and there is no way to prevent them.
    My IJ, CFTBL are fine...my LOTR, not so much!
    Sucks I know!

    #13 5 years ago
    Quoted from PC-Pin-NC:

    I haven't installed the mirror blades yet that I got on Black Friday for use in my Tron, but I saw a tip on here somewhere last year to cut posterboard to place in between pf and blades when lifting it, so that's what I was planning on doing. I'll keep watching this thread for other ideas.
    I like the anti-rattle tape idea that UKCatsFan76 suggested. Regarding Patofnaud's felt tape idea, I read somewhere on here that it can be too thick, will get pulled off by the lifting and then you'll get tape goo on the blades. But that could be based upon certain pins as some will have wider and some narrower gaps.

    The felt tape he show is only 1mm thick (1" wide by 75 feet long). Seems like that would work but I know what you mean about the goo on the blades. Those things are so hard to clean already, every smudge shows and the P.F. seems to always be in the way of cleaning.

    #14 5 years ago
    Quoted from hollywood:

    My adhesive tape just came right off first time I lifted the play field. Unfortunately, I think some games just are built tighter than others and there is no way to prevent them.
    My IJ, CFTBL are fine...my LOTR, not so much!
    Sucks I know!

    Yes and obviously my Tron must be one of the tight ones as it tends to scratch so easily even though I treat it like its an armed nuclear device when lifting the playfield. The felt would probably come right off mine on first try too.

    #15 5 years ago

    Check with the manufacturer--I know one claims the scratches can be buffed out.

    #16 5 years ago

    I think I read some folks keep thin poster board around to put between the PF & cab when lifting

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