Quoted from Tomass:
Guy on the last TWIP podcast who is an expert in that field said absolutely dimples can be avoided if the proper clear was used. Said industial uses produce much greater forces than any pinball machine can produce without a failure in the top coat.
The "expert" was confused then. "failure in the top coat" isn't even the right term for this. Any CC of any thickness or formulation will show dimples and dents if it's used on a soft surface. There's no "failure" here... the CC is doing what it's supposed to do. If the wood is soft OF COURSE there will be dents and dimples. That's not the CC's fault. Can't believe some of you guys think there is some magic coating that prevents soft surfaces from showing dents and depressions.
He may have been thinking of coated hard oak or steel surfaces but we're talking about a softer surface here and apparently even more of the softer variations of plywood than we've seen in the past. Back in the day there would be the occasional soft PF but it would be an aberration . I experienced this when a distributor miraculously gave me a full refund for a NIB CV that had the softest wood I'd ever seen. The next new one I bought was fine... minor dimpling where the balls fall off the highwire release, etc. Good lord that was back in '97 I believe.
But now it just seems half of the new PF's out there are *noticeably* softer and the deeper gloss clear really makes it look even worse.
TWD is one of my fav games but I've had to accept that PF in certain areas will always look like the surface of the moon. Not a huge deal but it reminds me of that CV's soft wood.
Now if they were talking about the recent wrinkling and chipping around the posts on these new machines... yeah that would indeed be "failure of the top coat"
You gotta admit... with this current situation that leads to bare wood on new PF's our attention to dimpling seems rather quaint in comparison.