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Repairing Minor Planking in Clear Coated Playfield
It's not uncommon to find planking (hairline cracks) in a clear coated playfield, and repairing it can be a challenge. While in some cases there is no choice but to sand down the area and re-paint there are some less intrusive options that we'll explore in this article. Note: This article is specific to clear coated playfields. Planking can be caused by either shrinkage of the wood as the playfield dries out over time or by temperature or humidity changes that cause the wood fibers to swell (raised grain). The result looks like a thin...
 
 
Removing Mylar Adhesive from Playfield
I've been using the flour method for removing mylar glue residue from a playfield for a while. The included video describes the method in detail. I recently came across a post on Pinside.com that improves on the original method. Rather than alcohol, this method uses Goo Gone Spray Gel. Lightly sprinkle flour over the adhesive residue and then spray Goo Gone over the area. Let it sit for from five to twenty minutes and place some fresh flower at one edge of the area. Then roll the fresh flower over the area...
 
 
Playfield Touch-Up Paint (Hook)
In Image 1 you can see two scoop holes on a Data East Hook that have been patched (see Scoop Repair article). Cliffy Protectors will be installed later to prevent further destruction, but they won't cover all of the damaged area. So it's time for a little touch-up paint. The first, and most critical step is to find a good color match. I typically use enamel hobby paint, as compared to acrylic craft paint, which a lot of other pinball websites recommend. I like the enamel paint because it is glossier, has a...
 
 
Installing Playfield Mylar
Installing playfield mylar is quick and easy and will provide great results as long as you follow a few important steps. The two things that will ruin the job are dirt or air bubbles under the mylar. Although the process is fairly simple, there is some technique involved, so if it's your first time you might want to experiment on something besides your valuable playfield, like a piece of glass or mirror. You can buy pre-cut mylar from several pinball sites or make your own (see the references). Note: See the references for an...
 
 
Scoop Repair and Cliffy Protector Installation
Just picked up a Data East Hook pinball with extremely worn scoop holes. Based on the amount of damage, and to help protect the game in the future, I decided to install Cliffy's scoop protectors (see image 1). You can purchase Cliffy protectors direct from Cliffy or through most pinball part suppliers. In image 2 you can see the temporarily installed Cliffy protectors. Note: I just noticed the right Cliffy protector is installed incorrectly. It should be rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise. The middle scoop has some minor paint wear in the...
 
 
Removing Playfield Mylar
There are three basic methods for removing mylar: the freeze method, the heat method and the chemical method (orange cleaner/degreaser). Each has its own pros and cons and none of the techniques can be guaranteed not to damage whatever is underneath the mylar. I have found the best method for removing playfield mylar is typically the freeze method, which I will cover in this article. Before we start though, I cannot state strongly enough that you risk damaging your playfield artwork with this or any other technique. Although if you follow the steps exactly,...
 
 
 
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