First off, amazing info. Second, having owned my first pin for only 6 days now, I'm beyond intimidated! I'm gonna ask my questions all the same though.
Someone did a really poor touch-up job, paint is globby. I'd like to correct this, but not sure of the approach. Do I sand it down to wood, or just so it's even with the surrounding area?
This era of table (Firepower to be exact), they were never clear coated to begin with, correct? So is it fine to not go that route? It seems all the instruction for using frisket keeps mentioning how you don't have to worry about pulling up the paint since the layer of clear is there...see where I'm going with this?
Also, could I still use Naptha to check the color when 'cleared' without there being a layer to begin with? Does this test prove the same if all you are going to be doing is putting wax on the table?
Forgive me if these are basic questions, I just trying to map out my first steps, without screwing myself down the road when I am ready for more complicated steps. I have a friend who is excellent with an airbrush, so I'm hoping to learn a lot from him, but I have no friends with any knowledge of pinball restoration, so I'm trying to soak up as much as I can without getting too far over my head/ability.