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Hi Everyone,

I managed to find a local legend who clear coated my entire playfield. My next move is to do the artwork (airbrush) before doing one more (final) clearcoat. I have a small issue with just one or two of the inserts: they are slightly raised. I've run a ball over them and it doesnt seem to be an issue. Would it be worth sanding back the raised edges? If so, how do you suggest I go about doing that? I'm assuming I would have to do this before airbrushing the artwork? Thanks for the input!

Josh

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7 minutes ago, Boof Head said:

You’re going to need to knock that back a bit before any touch ups anyway. Sand the insert back a little whilst doing that. 
On the first seal coat I put extra around the inserts to fill the gap between the wood and insert. 

Thanks for the tip James. What grit would you use? 600? Wet or dry? And would you do it by hand? 

 

Part of me feels like I should just be doing little touch ups because after the clear coat (2 pac) there are parts of that playfield that look perfect as is.

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It all depends on if you’re happy or not with the finish. 
If you are getting anything else on it you need to block it flat or at least a bit flatter than it is. The bumps and lumps will get bigger. 
I use a fine finish orbital sander with a 800 grit to flatten out. Be careful though or your touch ups will grow. 

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1 hour ago, Boof Head said:

It all depends on if you’re happy or not with the finish. 
If you are getting anything else on it you need to block it flat or at least a bit flatter than it is. The bumps and lumps will get bigger. 
I use a fine finish orbital sander with a 800 grit to flatten out. Be careful though or your touch ups will grow. 

Got it. So orbital sander with 800 grit before doing the artwork?

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If it is your first attempt I'd block sand and take your time. Depending on how thick the clear is and how long it has cured for is it's pretty easy to go too far quickly with a sander even with high grade paper.

Wet and dry 600 (if surface is quite uneven) or 800 (if surface is pretty good) with a mist of water from a spray bottle is generally my starting point. The aim is to get the clear flat prior to touch ups. That'll make the final clear coats a piece of cake. 

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