(Topic ID: 163475)

What is this around the pop bumpers?

By Sijcolo

3 years ago

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#1 3 years ago

When i picked this up I thought it was wear. I inspected it when I got home and it is some sort of protection. How do I remove it safely? Should I try the freezing method?


#2 3 years ago

Old aftermarket pop bumper protectors. They are basically contact paper. The few I have encountered seemed to peel up in little pieces easy enough but heat or freeze spray may make things easier.

#3 3 years ago

Great, I've not had experience with this.

#4 3 years ago

They are called pop or thumper bumper shields.

They are normally made of of mylar, fish paper, or other plastics. Get rid of them.
Cut them out, if need be.

They collect dirt underneath them and ruin playfields.
It was an industry mistake.

#5 3 years ago

I've seen them on caveman and haunted house but they are never still stuck to the playfield.

#6 3 years ago

Those are Wico "woodgrain cover-it rings" from the 1980's. Wico basically had some contact paper die cut into circles that an operator could apply around worn areas of the pop bumpers. Try some lighter fluid (naptha) on them to remove them.

#7 3 years ago

For the adhesive style and if naphtha does not directly work, take a paper towel and lightly soak the area in "Goo Gone" (NOT "Goof Off"), for a couple of minutes and carefully use a flat tip solder tool to peel it up. Rinse and repeat until paper is removed. Clean all traces of residue with alcohol or naphtha. With a little effort, and not over soaking, the glue bond will be weakened.

#8 3 years ago

Great advise, I will let you know how it goes.

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