Quoted from Chrimeg:
Hmmm....What am I looking for in the die back? The playfield has been fully sanded and buffed smooth and ready for repopulation of components. Has been that way for 3 weeks with no change that I can see. Is there something else I'm looking for before waxing? Boy I hope I don't have to clearcoat again and re-level/buff before waxing. Essentially redo everything I just done over the past few months.
Sort of confused here now as I thought processes sanding flat between coats of clear then doing the final steps on the last coat. I could wait and buff and wax.
Does the clear do something with the level surface after 3/4 weeks that I need to do it over again? I don't want to start populating everything only to have to take it apart and redo.
Thanks for the info though as I was getting ready to prep the surface for parts and glad I didn't until I can find out what look for.
You don't "have" to do anything but,
The dents at the edges of the inserts are pronounced now.
You will find other areas too.
And they will get worse in a few weeks.
Clear coat loses haff or more if its thickness in 12 to 16 weeks.
Things start showing up. Dents appear where there were none.
It doesnt fill very well.
This is why we keep building up problem areas like insert egdes.
It best to address this now and not regret it in 36 weeks.
I do a final sand and buff at 12 weeks to level out the playfield as best as one can.
A lot of the die back has happened by then and can be sanded out mostly.
However, its a pinball game!
It will get torn up anyways if you play it a lot.
So, in the end, it may not matter at all.