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Up the Irons - Stern Iron Maiden Owners and True Fans Club!

By AlexSMendes

2 years ago

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Post #124 Features matrix between pro, premium, and LE Posted by cletus (2 years ago)

Post #1039 Link to Iron Maiden Rules provides by Stern Posted by chuckcasey (2 years ago)

Post #2390 Ordering Eddie LE/Prem parts for a Pro (part numbers included) Posted by Mudflaps (2 years ago)

Post #2584 Part numbers for the components of the free ball trap kit from Stern. Posted by mollyspub (2 years ago)

Post #3081 Setting to change so Keith shows up in Iron Maiden more Posted by Who-Dey (2 years ago)

Post #4413 Loops Optos not registering the ball - mod fix Posted by f3honda4me (1 year ago)

Post #5013 Iron Maiden Rules Summary Posted by djreddog (1 year ago)

Post #5363 Loop speed set screw location picture Posted by djreddog (1 year ago)

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#1203 2 years ago
Quoted from Pinzzz:

Hmmm... do you really need to use naphtha on a brand new playfield? the instructions state otherwise. Can you novus 2 then 1 the protector top portion before putting it in the game? or wait till it’s installed...

otherwise you get the wet look, I've only installed one protector with that method and yet to see the wetness that appears after X amount of plays. Naptha seems to help. I'll be damned if I'm going to redo my other ones though.

#1218 2 years ago
Quoted from Pinzzz:

I guess I will try the Naphtha method....does this method stink up the house? should I use a respirator mask? how long should you wait to install the protector after you Naphtha the playfield?

You can if you want, I never do. It smells kind of like paint thinner. Just go over the playfield a few times before putting the protector on, shouldn't need to wait long it. Also another tip is to fit the protector on without taking protective coating off. make sure you don't have any areas you need to shave down, it's pretty rare to get a protector that doesn't need some adjustments. I use a Dremel with a grinding stone, but anything similar will work.

#1226 2 years ago
Quoted from lapean111:

Just so everyone knows, these protectors do a good job preventing wear on the playfield, but at the same time, completely ruin the feel of the pin. Ball doesn't roll right, just not fun to play on. Also, the edges get super dirty, and end up looking like crap after like 20 games.
Just keep your playfield clean, and give it a coat of wax every once in a while.

yeah, mine play fine as well. I know if you install them when they are lifted in certain areas it might affect it, but I honestly noticed little difference if any.
it actually has an added benefit of leveling certain areas, so the ball rolls smoother.
I've only had to take one out due to ball sticking issues. All mine have thousands of plays on them since they are on location and they still looks fine, installed about 15 of them.

I know they started making them thinner recently, not sure when you tried them. I'd recommend them though.

#1244 2 years ago
Quoted from Tranquilize:

"Destroy" was your word choice. My previously routed 20 year old w/b machines look great. Are they scratched and dented? YES! Does anyone without the perfect angle of lighting and a keen eye for anything that is not factory direct perfection notice? Hell no! Protectors are just silly. That is just my opinion. You have every right to attempt to keep your playfields pristine, but your attempts defy a lot of what the physics and manufacturing of pinball machines are all about. The games are meant to wear, and even cheap-assed sterns wear well.

I mainly got them, because I have a lot of crap to do. (just like everyone else). If I'm not able to get to clean a playfield as soon as I'd like on location, then it's piece of mind that the protector is the thing that's going to take the brunt of the force and not the playfield. Will the playfield still dimple to some degree.. yeah, maybe. not why I got them though.
I plan on having a lot of these in my rotation for while and anything I can do to prevent more work later is a plus in my book. Don't think anyone ever said anything about no wear what's so ever.. all they were meant for is preventing it, just like mylar or cliffy's.

If someone at home wants to add one I'm not sure why everyone is saying they are a bad or silly idea, it an assurance. It's not affecting you and if you get a game with one and it bugs you, they take literally 5 minutes to cut out.

Bottom line is until we see a playfield after 10 years of being under a protector, I don't think anyone can really judge with 100% certainty either way.

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