Dry rub off decals for front panel labeling.

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Hi :)
I found these cool dry-transfer sheets on a UK site.
Has anyone here ever used this sort of thing to customize the front panels of project cases? I'm tired of hand lettering crude legends using a sharpie pen :(

I'd love to find something similar here in the states...so I don't have to order from so far away...anyone know of a source for these sheets?

They have dark lettering ones for light colored cases and white ones for black cases.

http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk/Dry%20Decals%20product%20page.htm

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I've used them before, not sure where I got them though. I think Radio Shack carried them at one time, but I would think the hobby stores would have them. Try Tower Hobbies for an online store, or search your local stores.

Once applied you want to protect the letters by spraying the panel with a clear coat.

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I've been using the heck out of this Brother PT-1650 Label Printer. It prints a variety of tapes 1/4" to 1" wide. You can print flags or wraps for cables, even spaced port labels. Very cool. Should be great for one-off projects. There's a $30 rebate until Sept 16.

Brother PT-1650 @ Amazon

Edited to add: has a bunch of electronics and telecom symbols built-in.

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Google found decalpaper.com in Florida.

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you can get dry transfer lettering at any Hobby Lobby which there are several in most states...check online..also almost any decent modeler's supply

like the other post I bought a Brother 1950 labeler and use the heck out of it for protos and just about anything else that will stay still long enough to get labeled! :shock:

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Hi Mneary :)
Thanks for that link..

Hi Bluegoo :)
There is a Hobby Lobby in El Paso!
I will check them out and see if they carry this paper.
Thanks :)

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I have some sheets of Bishop Graphics (Letraset S50528) Dry transfer paper (before you were born, Gwen :) ) if anyone is that nostalgic. They have pads, edge fingers, lines, DIP footprints and one size (2.5mm) of alphanumerics.

C.H.

C. H.
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It's only waste if you don't use it!

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Now that takes me back - I used to lay out PCBs that way, to make photo-ready images.

Slow...

Neil

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I used to use Letraset for making panels, years ago. I needed to do it again recently and was quite dismayed that I couldn't find any sort of dry-transfer lettering anywhere. I ended up doing it with PCB iron-on toner transfer paper but the process was difficult and the results messy. I must check this crafty-stuff out.

On a related note, someone (3M, perhaps) used to sell a thin brushed aluminum sheet with a sticky back and a red or black photo surface that you could expose through a film and then develop to wash off the unexposed color. It was expensive, but with a bit of care you could make stunning front panels. Has anyone ever come across this recently?

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peret ...
I used to use the aluminum panels you mentioned back in the early 90's and yes I beleive they were made by 3m but I have not seen them anymore....
Hobby Lobby has two sections of the store with dry transfer lettering..one in the modelers section and another in the scrapbook section...the lettering typically goes down to about 8 pts....but recently I went to a specialty modelers supply shop and they had these dry transfer lettering that were even smaller fonts for like working with H0 scale stuff..certainly smaller than 6 pts...next time I go in that store I will look at the "brand name" which I forgot....
I personally like the Brother 1950 solution..usb hook up to an windows computer..go to the website and check it out...the free Ptouch software in windows allows you to do graphics primitives, images and very small fonts..anyway you like and then print to a very extensive list of avaliable tapes, some clear some colored, various widths. I find a use for this on a daily basis it seems and has paid for itself a long time ago. I bought the machine and the tapes online at great discounts...obviously with dry transfer you have to spray some lacquer over it to keep it from rubbing back off and the Brother tape solution does not require this. They also have extra-sticky adhesives on the tapes.