Quoted from Jlescher19:
Lovef2k: When you replaced your Star Trek Playfield, did you run into these plastics with the metal stand offs fused together? I can't figure out what to do with them.
No John. I have never seen any plastics come with the stands already assembled. There's a few different methods of swapping the stands. My preferred method is to use a cheap 30 watt soldering iron, not gun. With iron hot, place the tip into the opening of the stand, top side. let it heat up and with pressure they pop out. It takes about 5 to 10 seconds for each one. Note this only applies to plastics that you are not saving. Once all removed, I run them in the tumble with walnut to make them shiny.
To install on the new plastics. Reverse the process. This takes some hand eye coordination and practice. Hold the iron with tip facing up, place stand over the tip also facing up. Hold the plastic with one hand facing up and with other hand, holding iron upright, align the top of the stand with the hole and center the tip of the iron to hold once centered, you want to press the stand into the hole. With pressure between the stand and the plastic, the stand will get hot enough to penetrate the plastic. This is the critical part, once the stand starts to go in, you need to let the flat part of the stand become flush with the plastic. Make sure the stand is straight and don't go too far or you can damage the plastic. To practics this, use the old plastics first until you feel comfortable. It seems more complicated than it sounds. I have done many games this way. There are other ways of doing this but it requires more tools and drilling. The stands were originally pressed on with tiny eyelets(open hole rivet) and then flared over.