Removing Mylar with the Freeze Spray Method


The tool of the trade: Freeze Spray. If you can't find Freeze Spray locally, use dust off, air duster, whatever air in a can you can find in the Computer aisle at Wal-Mart or equivalent.

WARNING: recommends proper testing of this method on junk playfields to learn the methods involved. We take no responsibility for any damaged playfields from following our methods.

The Freeze Spray method does NOT work for all playfield finishes. There is also a method involving squirting goo gone under the playfield mylar to dissolve the adhesive. DO NOT mistake this for GOOF OFF, which will DESTROY your playfield finish. Instead, consider the following links for more info:

Ben's Mylar Removal on a Fathom (Goo Gone Method)

Ben's Mylar Removal using the Freeze Spray Method

Scott Farrar's Mylar removal using Freeze Spray

Notice the 2 mylar half moons by the slings on the Taxi. They are a great idea to begin with, but in home use, the playfield just isn't getting used enough to wear the playfield in that area. In fact, it looks worse, as the rest of the playfield is worn, and the mylared area looks new.

Another problem with mylar is it dulls - the face of the mylar gets beat up by the ball, and although it protects the playfield, you can't see through it to see how nice the playfield looks, it all looks hazy or cloudy. It needs to come off.

Another complaint about mylar is it makes the ball act differently during play - it just doesn't roll as smoothly over the mylar as it does a playfield.

Too bad the whole playfield wasn't mylared! I'd have a beauty of a playfield if that were the case!

Close up of Left Sling Area Mylar

Close up of Right Sling Area Mylar

Here is the left sling area. You simply turn the can of air spray upside down, so the propellant comes out freezing. A few shots over the mylar to be removed, and it hazes like on the left. Once it hazes, it'll pop right off, leaving the paint behind!

The mylar came up, leaving all paint (and adhesive!) behind.

Now, you need naptha and a rag to clean the adhesive off. This involves a lot of elbow grease, but isn't so bad once you get into it. Make sure you do this in a ventilated area!


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