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T A K I N G   Y O U R   P L A Y F I E L D   C L E A R C O A T   T O   T H E   U L T  I M A T E   L E V E L

CPR Playfields ship with a production-style glossy polyeurethane clearcoat.  While this is fine for ease of care, appearance,
fast playing surface, and enough durability for probably the life of the machine . . . some people seek an ultimate perfection in
their clearcoat, beyond the norm.  True gurus sometimes seek the total elimination of any and all surface attributes that are
common with sprayed polyeurethane clearcoats.  They seek a level of extra perfection that takes the playing surface to
essentially a flawless sheet of glass.  Hobbyist-offered clearcoat services have been around for years, offering those extra-special
clearcoat finishes... those ultimate clearcoats that only come with patience, time, money, and a ton of eyeballing.

The world of clearcoat perfection & services is vast and wide, but often carry a common theme:  Those kind of clearcoats
are almost always big bucks ($200 to $300).  There is also a component of time.  Achieving absolute perfection only comes with time.
It is well known that some of these services take your playfield away for 1 to 2 years.  Slowly and meticulously adding coats, and
allowing complete cures in between (30 to 60 days between coats!).  Seven coats can take 14 months sometimes, using these
methods!  Different places use different procedures.  Regardless, CPR offers up our playfields with a stock clearcoat that is
done over the course of 3 weeks.  It's obvious we can't get into the special clearcoats arena - we'd barely get one playfield released
per year.  The good news is - you CAN go further with your CPR stock clearcoat.  Thus the purpose of this page.

We would like to introduce you to a 3M buffing process, that with the right tools and supplies, you can take your CPR playfield
to that "perfect glass" level - and you can do it yourself !  The tricky part may be sourcing the 3M products we will reveal here.
However, depending on where you live and how many phone calls you make, this stuff is not impossible to get your hands on.



T H E   3 M   P R O F E S S I O N A L   B U F F I N G   K I T



Let us start by saying this kit is miraculous.  This is not Novus 1-2-3 !   Not even close.  We noticed it is usually sold as a complete
kit, usually for professional auto body shops.  It is not cheap - probably around $150 to $175 for the entire kit.  BUT there is enough
supply to probably do 50 playfields!  So ganging up with buddies and pooling to buy a kit to share is very economical.

This stuff is specifically designed to work sequentially, and if you stick to the sequence, the results are amazing.
Each step is discrete - and best results are obtained (the perfect results you are seeking) only if each step is completely
clear of the previous step (ie, no residue or trace of any previous supplies being passed forward).

You may use the 3M process on any CPR playfield after a playfield is 6 months old.  (if you don't know, ASK US)
Why 6 months? - because you must guarantee the clearcoat is completely cured, and has finished moving/shrinking.
With a few hours of patience and a lot of elbow grease, you can take your existing CPR clearcoat to that ultimate level !



T H E   3 M   P E R F E C T - I T   P R O C E S S

BEFORE YOU START:

- With a little piece of 800-grit sandpaper on your finger, wet-sand (yes, with some water) any tiny bumps or spots you want gone.
Just go as far as eliminating what you want to eliminate.  Don't go any deeper.  Go slowly.

- With an old cotton t-shirt, dry & clean those areas of all residue.  You should leave behind dulled spots where you worked.

- Orbital or D/A wet-sand the ENTIRE playfield surface with 3M 1500-grit sanding disc (included in kit)

- With an old cotton t-shirt, dry & clean the entire surface of all residue.  You should leave behind an evenly dulled surface.
There should be no trace of where you did the 800-grit touchup work.

- Orbital or D/A wet-sand the ENTIRE playfield surface with 3M 3000-grit foam disc (included in kit)

- With an old cotton t-shirt, dry & clean the entire surface of all residue.  Now you are ready for the 3M buffing process...
 

1

STEP
ONE


#05973
Rubbing
Compound

#05737
Buffing Pad

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Load the pad onto your buffer.
Apply the rubbing compound.
Buff the entire surface, scrub everywhere.
Do a good 10 minutes of buffing.
When done, clear all residue from surface.

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2

STEP
TWO


#06064
Rubbing
Polish

#05738
Buffing Pad


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Load the pad onto your buffer.
Apply the polish.
Buff the entire surface, scrub everywhere.
Do a good 10 minutes of buffing.
When done, clear all residue from surface.

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3

STEP
THREE


#06068
Rubbing
Polish

#05733
Buffing Pad

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Load the pad onto your buffer.
Apply the polish.
Buff the entire surface, scrub everywhere.
Do a good 10 minutes of buffing.
When done, clear all residue from surface.

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4

STEP
FOUR


#06084
Clean&Shine
Polish


3M Blue
Detailing
Cloth

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Lightly spritz the playfield surface like you're doing
a window with Windex.
Using the included 3M cloth, give a good rubdown of the entire surface.  Keep changing sides of the cloth as things clean up & shine up.


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This is no ordinary cloth.  It is specifically made to use with the  polish.  When you hold it, it feels like a facecloth, but it has a unique feeling like its trying to velcro to the tips of your fingers




If you've done it right, you'll end up with that perfectly flat auto-show shine you're looking for - free of any specks, flecks, pin dots, etc.
It will work the polyeurethane surface into a sheet of glass with all surface relief of any kind gone.



The 3M PERFECT-IT may come in various or updated forms!

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GOOD LUCK - PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT !