See what 12 months of sunlight exposure can do to your backglass

By BlackCatBone

2 weeks ago


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#1 14 days ago

I was scouting a Laguna Beach that was for sale near me. The Craigslist ad showed a very clean and original backglass, with just a little ink loss (scrape marks) in mostly solid blue areas that could be touched up pretty easily. The seller sent me additional photos to answer a few questions I asked, and one was of a backglass that looked far different than the Craigslist ad. It turned out that the original photos were taken a year ago, when the owner parked the game in his garage. He is a nice guy who is not a pinball collector at all, and he had no idea the glass was fading out. Check out the before and after shots. The after photo is last. The reds are completely gone, but also look at the clouds above the water. I always knew UV was dangerous, but I didn't realize how fast it could do its dirty work.

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#2 14 days ago

Weird. Deep red is unchanged. Orange/red is completely wiped away.

The sand looks 99.9% the same tone as the skin of the girl at the bottom left, but sand got wiped out and she stayed the same.

That's so strange!

#3 14 days ago

Look at the bright side, Now there is a nice clean white sand beach along with beautiful white cumulus clouds.

#4 14 days ago

My orig back glass must have suffered the same fate.
Most of the reds are/were washed out.
Terry K

#5 13 days ago

I have 3 NOS repro Laguna Beach glasses if you need a replacement. Not original, so no mirroring.

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