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Old 06-24-2013, 08:27 PM
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One thing led to another and I ended up removing the switch panel for repair. A little backyard sandblasting, and it is looking pretty good. It is now at my brothers so he can CAD the name plate for me at the shop.
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Sandblasted and primed...out to have the cover name plate made.
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I learned a long time ago that a little GoJo hand cleaner in a rag or on a toothbrush applied to radios does great to clean up old grease. Honestly, it will make old wire look new.
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My brother designed a CAD file for my overhead plate. Still looking for a source that will take my file (dxf or dwg) and make one.

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sorry I'm lost in the actiniums. are you trying to get the plastic bezel made or the foil stick on?
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sorry I'm lost in the actiniums. are you trying to get the plastic bezel made or the foil stick on?
I want to have the flat plate made that identifies the switches. Foil plate, but I'd like it all as one. I already have the black plastic bezel.

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I will order some brushed aluminum vinyl this week and see if my machines will cut the letters out that small. I have a couple switch plates that need to be updated / re-done. If it works, we all will have a source.
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they were just printed on the foil on the original. most likely with a type set machine. as each car would be different. one could almost roll the material into a type writer (remember those) and type on the vinyl. then a shot of clear coat would keep it. a stop down to the hobby shop might reveal a source for a decal also. I do know they will make them up on a computer and printer now.
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they were just printed on the foil on the original. most likely with a type set machine. as each car would be different. one could almost roll the material into a type writer (remember those) and type on the vinyl. then a shot of clear coat would keep it. a stop down to the hobby shop might reveal a source for a decal also. I do know they will make them up on a computer and printer now.
If only if it was as simple as using that typewriter. The originals were cut on a Gerber plotter through many years. All of them were then >Laminated< then applied to the acrylic color of choice for illumination.

I have several switch panels here and yes that bug got up my rear to see if it could be done on the modern cutting equipment. IT WORKS! However (ie: spend some moola), I now have a better reason to order the thicker "brushed" metal film now.

Looks like I will go ahead and use my template to have some red and white acrylic laser cut for new switch panels for my rigs. With the brushed metal vinyl, Viola! New Switch Panels!!

Heres the sample cut on just some simple cheap thin thin vinyl. Letter quality at this size gets better with thicker films.

Ps: Why go hobby, when you can go professional? Lol






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It was made of plastic on my first '75 Cadillac. Black top, with white under layer much like simple nametags. When engraved, it produced white lettering that permitted backlighting.

I have a dxf or dwg file if you'd like to try one....
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