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Old 23rd February 2014, 01:52 AM   #21
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Old 23rd February 2014, 01:59 AM   #22
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Looks great Vince, have you coated the decal with anything after applying?
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Looks great Vince, have you coated the decal with anything after applying?
Thanks. Someone suggested spraying clear coat and I think its a good idea because off axis the brush on clear coat shows much more. A complete, even coat on the face would be better.

Thanks for all your suggestions. Much appreciated.

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Old 23rd February 2014, 01:54 PM   #25
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You can get a great silk-screen kit from Michael's Stores.
+1. Silk screening is easy, and if you use a two part epoxy ink and bake it, the legends will outlive the user.
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Came across a video on screen printing metal, glass -- How to Screen Print: Graphic Inks, Sticker Printing, Glass, Metal Signs and More - YouTube -- a bit different from textile as 2 part epoxies or solvent based systems are used.
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Sounds interesting.

I cany help thinking that on aluminum, you want to be able to laser print a decal on some kind of sticky label. Then, you put this onto your panel, develop it so all the letting areas are clear - I.e the decal dissolves there. Then you etch it for a period then stain it.

Then you remove the ensign decal (peel it off) and you are done.

Spray with lacquer if needed.

Now. Who can make a product like this.
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Who can make a product like this.
One in the US is Bel Inc.

Laser Waterslide Decal Paper
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Old 24th February 2014, 03:05 PM   #29
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I tried all, in the long run had to learn screen printing, which is the Pro way.
*ANY* ink on *ANY* substrate, be it metal, paper, rubber, glass, whatever.

Have done it even for single use, go figure.

Here I'm printing one of my Bass amps front panel :

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That said, sometimes I cheat and for a single prototype I inkjet print on self adhesive coated "magazine paper" .
Ask at a printing supply house and they'll know what you are talking about.
Comes in, say 3 by 4 ft sheets or whatever a commercial offset printer uses, but you cut it to size.
It's the material used for sticky labels.
You apply it on the panel (be careful to avoid bubbles), and clear coat it with some varnish.

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One in the US is Bel Inc.

Laser Waterslide Decal Paper
That's the paper I used.
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