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(Topic ID: 276398)

TZ playfield Restore or Replace?

By Pin_Guy

55 days ago

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  • Latest reply 55 days ago by Toucanf16
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#1 55 days ago

I have a very nice Twilight Zone playfield that has several inserts that are very slightly sunken, but there is no ghosted inserts or worn spots on the board.

The question I have for the community is it worth sending out to be restored and clear coated, or is it better and/or more cost effective to replace it?

If I do send it out, who does the best work and what would I be looking at spending to end up with a "perfect" silky smooth clear coated play field?

#3 55 days ago

I prefer to get the original PF restored & cleared, it's a known quantity (colours, alignment of the drilled holes and dimples, etc) .

There were slight colour pantone variations used by the TZ PF manufacturers (there were 3 manufacturers at least, possibly 4 from what I recall) and the repro TZ PF I've seen was different yet again - so if you like the colours in yours and the overall quality of the PF is in good nick then I'd say get it restored. While the idea of getting a replacement is attractive and easier to do a PF swap, unless you get to see it in person before buying I find there are too many unknowns which can lead to disappointment.

My 2 cents worth

#4 55 days ago

Check with Ron, but I think all he does now is clearing. Don't quote me, but I don't think he does PF restorations anymore.

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