Quoted from zacaj:
is it really historical value once it's cleared? seems like it won't be quite the same
I too have a HUO Paragon, second owner. Unfortunately the first family, who inherited it from an uncle, weren't pinheads and left it in front of their patio door where sunlight started to fade part of one side. They also never appeared to have removed the glass, and thus the rubber rings were either never changed, or hadn't been in years. There was a wonderful protective-layer of rubber-dust coating the playfield which came right up with Novus 2.
As for the debate about what to do with the original playfield, I have that solved. The pf in it now is original and has cupped inserts and a few also have a bit of edge wear. But I also found an NOS playfield that someone on Craigslist discovered lining the floor in the attic of the brick bungalow they purchased on the West side of Chicago. Well, there were two actually, and so years ago I bought both and got Kruzman to clean one up and clear it. He did an amazing job. So, if I ever want to switch to a mint clearcoated pf I have that covered.
Here are a couple of before and after pics I had handy. The inside of the cabinet is wonderful too but I don't have pics. Even the 40-year old beer seal is spotless and still supple.
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and after cleaning with Novus 2 (but before a full top-side teardown, re-rubber, plastic protectors, etc.
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and here it is today. PDI glass and all.