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You just have to be careful not to scratch the "first surface" mirror, but, since the image is not in focus at the mirror, its not very critical. A dirty mirror only reduces the brightness.
Since the Factory lamp is $200, that is (as advertised) a "compatible" lamp and Sony is notorious for not liking aftermarket lamps. Since historically the set is near end-of-life, I would hesitate to buy a Factory lamp myself, but I would only buy from a storefront business and not online.
....and any melting is a bad sign.
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