Playfield, second part: the cleaning.
I started to clean with some ‘white spirit’, but it’s obviously not the right product to remove the glue…
The magical product below on the picture… It removes the glue quite easily. Don’t be shy with it, it is perfectly safe for the playfield, and it’s very cheap!
Hey! What’s this? ^^
Yeah, it’s the Playfield Protector I’ve ordered. Yes, I decided to test this product because I don’t want to put another adhesive film on the playfield…
I’ve heard very good feedback about this so let’s try it…
Of course it’s not the right time to install it. Just a test… It’s 0,75mm thick and it’s of course very easy to install…
Ok, go for the new sticker inserts! I was worried about this part… How to install them? With water, and use a credit card to remove the bubbles/water after? Hum… I’ve seen some videos on Youtube also: it seems not that easy. So, after 2 tests with water I decided to use ‘my’ method: stick them directly on the inserts! Yes, it seems tricky, but I found this method very effective and much quicker.
Hold the insert with two fingers (wash your hands first) trying to maintain the tiniest area. Place the very bottom of the insert first:
Start to lower the insert. You have to anticipate the good position of the insert on the playfield:
When you are sure of the placement of the sticker, use your second hand to apply it, starting from the bottom. Don’t push too much so you can still move the insert a little:
If necessary you can still move the sticker (like 0,5mm maybe…) to place it perfectly. At this stage it’s too late of course to have another try…
Then, push harder with a soft material to have a perfect contact with the playfield, always starting from the center to the outside. That’s it, done. Only 30 inserts left… ^^
Done! 🙂 I’m very happy of the result, even if it’s not perfect (the surface of the inserts were bad at some areas, don’t know why). But nobody will notice it, furthermore in the dark during a game…
Done is better than perfect!
Also, another point that was stressful for me : some inserts were not flush with the field… they were like 1mm up… And again, I’ve seen some videos on the web to warm the inserts (what about the playfield if I warm it too much, etc.) with a ‘heating gun’ to soften the glue, etc.
You know what? I use directly a small ‘soft’ hammer and the inserts move without any problem! No need to warm anything etc.
So everything is now perfectly well aligned. Great ^^
Oh, just one thing: the inserts of the T800 head are ugly!! Eyes, mouth and shoulder are not well reproduced. We will correct this later. It’s really a shame that the people who did those reproductions made an awful job there!
Here is a picture I posted on a french forum so you can see the problems of those inserts: