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    Hi,
    I want to write a few letters on my car parts (mainly buttons). Is there a decent method of making something like this that will be relatively durable?

    Thanks!
    My Car PC project
    Current status: Fabricating screen

  • #2
    Well you can laser cut some vinyl stencils and paint over that.

    Or laser cut some vinyl letters themselves but those can peel off.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
      Well you can laser cut some vinyl stencils and paint over that.

      Or laser cut some vinyl letters themselves but those can peel off.
      Well, I don't have access to a laser cutter :/
      My Car PC project
      Current status: Fabricating screen

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      • #4
        Originally posted by yaniv View Post
        Hi,
        I want to write a few letters on my car parts (mainly buttons). Is there a decent method of making something like this that will be relatively durable?

        Thanks!
        Check out this post.
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        If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.

        2006 Scion xB with in-dash Atom & Lilliput 889GL -- Worklog at http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...res-links.html
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        • #5
          Found this site, however its probably something that's not a viable solution due to cost factors or even available to the general hobbyist. Its real cool to know how its done.

          http://www.laserphotonics.com/backli...t_removal.html

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          • #6
            Originally posted by NitroLarry View Post
            Found this site, however its probably something that's not a viable solution due to cost factors or even available to the general hobbyist. Its real cool to know how its done.

            http://www.laserphotonics.com/backli...t_removal.html
            That link helped. Maybe we could go see our friendly local vinyl signmakers to see if they can cut the images (or text) we need out of some black vinyl that we can put behind clear button faces.

            We could do the same with anything we need a face on -- make the face of clear or translucent plastic, adhere the lettering on the back, and install.
            .
            If just enough is really good, then too much ought to be perfect.

            2006 Scion xB with in-dash Atom & Lilliput 889GL -- Worklog at http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...res-links.html
            .

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            • #7
              I've created some buttons for my Saab using a very similar method to rdholts's. I used a CraftRobo vinyl cutter (it's a hobbyist vinyl cutter that uses a blade, not a laser) to cut out the icons. These were applied to the front of buttons molded in white plastic and then painted over. Once the paint was dry, I peeled off the vinyl sticker to reveal the icon. A final coat of matte clear keeps the paint from chipping. LEDs light the switches up from behind at night.

              Details of my work are at my Saab site.

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              • #8
                3M Dynamark, aluminum sticker stock with a light-sensitive coating. Print or write the text onto something see-through, then expose to an intense light source. Exactly like contact printing photos. After exposing, you develop it with some magic solvent and the unexposed part softens and wipes off, revealing satin aluminum. Not incredibly rugged, but it can look good.

                Googling suggests that it has been discontinued, but there are various brands that claim to be replacements. Look under graphics supplies in the Yellow pages and see what is available locally. From what I remember, the stuff wasn't exactly cheap... you had to buy several sheets in a packet, and something like a quart or more of the developer.

                A page that mentioned Dynamark (when I couldn't remember the exact name), and has some other label making ideas:
                http://www.mat.uc.pt/~pedro/ncientif...e-delcals.html

                Engraved labels are very durable; any trophy shop should be able to engrave something for you, providing it can be clamped in the machine. They should stock that laminated plastic which has an outer layer in one colour, and a contrasting inner layer which is exposed when it is engraved, plus other label stock in aluminum (various colours) and brass.

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                • #9
                  Here's another unique way on integrating custom buttons into your build, not OEM looking but real cool nonetheless. Check it out: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=8493

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                  • #10
                    According to the lab here at work, there are supposed to be quite a few places in the US that will do custom laser etching. I can't imagine this being incredibly cheap, but it's how the OEM's are made. AdPro, white primer, gray/black laser etch color coat, then it is etched, and then cleared. It's actually a cool process to see. (we make the paint, and no I can't get any)
                    Play with it, 'til it's broke.

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