Got a chance to apply the overlay tonight. It went much better than the previous one, and the overlay looks spectacular. The colors really pop with the art that Joe did for this one.
As you can see in these close ups, the scans did not match up perfectly. There is about 1/8 of an inch offset at some points, and I tried to split the difference to make it as good as possible. If we had a good amount of time, I would probably do a second print and move the inserts just a little bit to get things perfect. I think it is just one of those things, that since I put it on, I really notice it a lot, so it bothers me. I look at production machines, and there are definitely issues that are on those when you get close look at them. I guess my suggestion is if this is for a project that you have been working on for 5 years (I guess I’m talking to Mark (Nightmare Before Christmas) if he reads this blog, be prepared to do at least two printings to make sure that everything lines up perfectly). I believe that he also scanned his playfield with the hp4600 and he will see the same sort of issues (i.e. off by 1/8 inch or so in certain sections).
These close up pictures emphasize the offset because I’ve zoomed into them. Over all, I’m very very happy with how applying the overlay went and the art. (One more time that my wife talked me down from the edge).
Next up is auto clear coating fun!