DON'T ACCEPT LAZY WORK!
So I've been working on the road and thus not accepting much restoration work. If it can't be done in my hotel room, I don't have time to do it. I've been telling most people to find other playfield restorers, until I finally get sick of my job and quit.
I've got the screens for the Silverball Mania cabinets, so a bunch of guys want me to restore their games. SBM is a super fun game with great sound (if you've never played it, imagine Space Invaders but 3x as fast because of the smaller playfield).
So a gent drops off his SBM playfield that he just had done by a rather well know restorer from the OH/MI area. I unwrap it, the back has been repainted with a thick coat of gray paint. This is good, as unsealed playfields tend to warp towards the cleared side.
I flip it over and the front has a strange, matte finish. Duller than you would even use on an old EM.
Vid: This is the finish you requested?
Guy: They said this was "true to the era", so that's what I got.
V: Really? Did they know this game is from 1978?
G: I guess so. They said they had done SBMs before.
V: OK, as long as you are happy with the finish, I'm happy too. It looks flat and ripple free.
G: Well....I mean....I would like it more shiny....
V: Did you tell them that?
G: I did not want to really question their choices....I mean, they are the experts.
V: You are the expert on what you want, if you are the customer. You paid them, right?
G: Yes, $1100 for touch up and clear.
G: Yeah, it's that super clear coat that does not get any dimples.
V: Alrighty then.
So I get out a high speed buffer and hit the area under the apron. I chose that spot in case this "super clear" can't be polished, or burns or...... peels off.