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Old 2nd January 2008, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default Labels / Decals for kit front panel

I just built a speed controller for my turntable (aka Mark Kelly) and need some labels for the front panel. You know, the basics like numbers ("33", "45" "On", "Off", "Power"). Antique Electronic Supply used to sell them but they are out of stock with no idea when they will resuply.

My case is black, so I need white letters or decals to stick on. Anyone have a source or an idea? I guess I could print some black on white letters on a basic adhesive back label and cut it out, but I was hoping for something that looks a little more professional.

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Old 2nd January 2008, 09:50 PM   #2
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Hi Bob, Check out Parts Express in the electronic parts/ PC board etching section for Datak dry transfer lettering. Cheap at $2.75 a package.

I just received a set for tv/audio and they work very well. Don't forget to get some kind of spray surface treatment to keep the lettering from rubbing off.

Unfortunately PE does not sell it.

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Old 2nd January 2008, 10:27 PM   #3
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Hi Bon,

A few months ago, someone asked about professional lettering for their preamp or amp and there were a lot of responses. Take a look here using "Search". You are bound to get a few obvious ideas and a few you wouldn't even have thought of! Most of them good!

Good luck!

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Old 3rd January 2008, 12:23 PM   #4
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thanks guys. I guess I wasn't searching using the correct words. Dry Labels is probably what I'm looking for, needing white lettering on a black box.

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Old 3rd January 2008, 02:33 PM   #5
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Hi Bob,

I have more time today so here is the one I remember: How to print on front panels?

Here's another: homemade faceplates

Another: Face Plate Printing and Silk Screening

Another: DIY amps front panel lettering

Another: DIY Silk screen

Here is a thread about a Service: Customized Nameplates, stickers, etc...

Thread about software for Front Panels: Front Panel Artwork Software

That should be enough and a complete education!

I like the engraving idea and there are many here on LI!

The "Search" function isn't anywhere in the league of Google here. You have to manipulate it more so to get what you are looking for!

Good luck and we expect you to post a picture of your decision and results!


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Old 4th January 2008, 08:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for the links. I've tried 3 local art supply and/or craft stores. They do have vinyl lettering but only down to 1/4". The dry lettering is larger still and nothing in white.

I've looked at 4-5 on-line sources but they are all out. One manufacturer close to home says they have discontinued producting their dry lettering sheets. Antique Electronic supply can't get them anymore either. Nothing on e-bay either. Not a good sign for others I'm afraid.

So I picked up a 1/8" stencil and a very fine white paint marker and will go that route. Hopefully it will pan out and I won't get any bleed. Then a coat of poly after it dries.

Bob
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The "Search" function isn't anywhere in the league of Google here.

it can be

try typing the following into the Google search box:

dry transfer site:diyaudio.com
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