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#1 GlobeTrotting

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 03:45 PM

This topic on the X-Wing forums (http://community.fan...tect-the-dials/) got me thinking--has anyone tried to protect their disks yet by using an acrylic spray or other method? Mine are still in the early days of use and if it's possible to layer some spray on them without harm, I might be tempted to do so before they get too worn out....



#2 Mordante

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 12:00 PM

Shame there's been no replies as I've just brought the game and several tokens are starting to come away from the base (Befire even used them! Have contacted Ffg and will let you know how it goes)

Anyway did you settle on a way of protecting the disks?

#3 MechaBri.Zilla

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 02:41 PM

Protecting the disks could be a difficult issue now.  At least if you intend to play in tournaments.  In the tournament rules it states that you can't alter disks in any way, except for marking the edges in order to distinguish your disks in the case of a mirror match.

 

As of this point, my disks and tokens are all still in great condition, with the exception of a range ruler my 1yr old bent.  Though, I wouldn't say my set has seen heavy usage quite yet.



#4 Magnus Grendel

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 07:25 AM

I can't imagine putting a coat of something matt like anti-shine would be a problem. The "no modifying" rule is to prevent anyone either obscuring or changing stats (since the stats are printed on the disc) or modifying the size (since the area covered by a disc and the distance moved by flipping it are critical parts of gameplay).

Whether it'd do any good is a different matter.

#5 MechaBri.Zilla

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:21 AM

I'd send a message to FFG customer service just to be sure if that's what you want to do.

Has anyone had trouble with disks wearing out?

#6 Tombatal

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 03:34 PM

I've been thinking about this and doing some research.  I feel tape would rip the cardboard and sprays would cause that 'haze' effect that ruins artwork and text - plus may or may not trip rules for tournament use.  

 

I've had an idea about using plastic protectors that clip and surround the disk, similar to the ones used to protect valuable coins or casino chips.  It seems reasonable as far as cost goes, might be hard to find for medium or large disks.  I imagine it similar to sleeves for TCG cards.  Any thoughts?



#7 MechaBri.Zilla

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 03:51 PM

The problem with a protector like you described, is that it will increase the diameter of the disk, which will throw movement off and possibly range measurement, should the case make it difficult to see the edges of the disk.

 

I'm sure it would be fine in most casual games, assuming both players had the same kind of case, but I don't think it will work in tournament play.



#8 Jedhead

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 06:55 PM

I went ahead and used a Krylon spray to protect mine.  The clear finish, low odor matte is what I decided on, and it works great.  Once it is on there, you can't tell the difference visually, but you can feel the thin plastic-like protective layer on the outside.  Works great, and any craft store will have it for around 6 or 7 dollars.

 

Check it out here if you are interested:

 

http://www.krylon.co...r-clear-finish/


Edited by Jedhead, 03 June 2014 - 06:55 PM.

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