So you have finished restoring your Playfield (or have a new CPR/Merco playfield), now it's time to repopulate.
Of course you are anxious to hurry up because you are in the homestretch, but, there are a bunch of small steps (aka: time suckers) that will make sure you don't mess up all your hard work.
1. You seriously NEED a rotisserie.
Having one will save you easily 8 hours on the repopulation.
It will also allow you to gap all the switches with the playfield in the horizontal position.
Just do it now, it's $100, hangs on the wall flat when you are not using it, it's made of metal, it will never wear out, you will find 100s of other uses for it.
2. Wax the empty playfield.
Here is the only chance you will ever get to wax every square inch of the playfield. A good coat of non-silicone wax will repel dust from collecting in hard reach places. A coat of wax will help your monthly vacuuming be more efficient.
Sure, it's an additional step, but you need to do it.
(before you ask, I find Blitz One Grand Wax lasts the longest)