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Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide
Not all playfields need to be restored. If it's a player's game, if there's a single small wear spot by the ball drop or if you simply don't have the required skill set, just leave it alone. There is no shame in having a game that shows its age. Only you can decide if you have the mechanical and artistic skills to tackle a complete playfield restoration. There is also no shame in admitting you don't, but there is in having posts like the following made in regards to your work. "I've got...
 
 
Ultimate Playfield Restore - Getting Started
This is part one of a six part series on doing a high-end playfield restoration. This article covers removing mylar and evaluating the playfield. For an overview of the process see the Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide. So lately we have all been seeing these terrible "restored" playfields. Decals lifting under the clear coat, dirt sealed into the shooter lane, too thick coats of clear, water based clear coats with clouding starting to appear, inserts bucking under the clear, no restoration under ramps or slingshots, faded decals under the clear; simply awful work...
 
 
Ultimate Playfield Restore - Advanced Touch-Up Painting
This is part five of a six part series on doing a high-end playfield restoration. This article covers decals and airbrushing. For an overview of the process see the Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide. Decals and Airbrushing Painting White Areas Painting Fine Lines Repairing Planking Questions and Answers Decals and Airbrushing Sometimes you have an area of the playfield that can't be cleaned up with the Magic Eraser. Normally, the ME and 99% alcohol cleans out the cracks, leaving...
 
 
Ultimate Playfield Restore - Advanced Repair
This is part three of a six part series on doing a high-end playfield restoration. This article covers advanced repair topics like fixing insert ghosting. For an overview of the process see the Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide. Fixing Insert Ghosting Repairing Gouges Shooter Lane Fixing Insert Ghosting Insert Ghosting is where the clear coat has pulled away from the plastic and now you see the air gap between the back of the clear coat and the face of the insert (see Image 1)....
 
 
Ultimate Playfield Restore - Repairing Inserts
This is part two of a six part series on doing a high-end playfield restoration. This article covers resolving insert problems. For an overview of the process see the Ultimate Playfield Restoration Guide. Removing Inserts Sanding Inserts Cleaning Insert Hole Installing Inserts Raising Inserts Insert Decals Questions and Answers Removing Inserts Before we pull an insert out from the playfield, we want to be sure it does not lift any of the surrounding artwork. ...
 
 
Rub On Transfers
Got an older machine with worn decals on the inserts and can't find replacements?  Rub on transfers are a good option for solving this problem.  They're available in a variety of fonts and sizes.  You can find them online at several sites including ezrubontransfers.com. After rubbing on the letters just spray on a little clear paint and you're all set.
 
 
 
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