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    Join Date: Mar 2014

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    I'm Al.

    Default White lettering on black front panel - suggestions

    Building a DAC and have a Modushop case to house it, the front panel is a 10 mm Aluminium panel anodised black. I'm just wanting to add the DAC name (DDDAC) in about 5mm high letters so any suggestions of how to do that without having to send it to an engraver are appreciated.

    Letraset etc. are probably a non starter unless they can be applied without showing the clear border that you can usually see around the letters.

    Sorry I bought black instead of the Aluminium colour, would have been easier

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    Glue on Cast or laser cut ali letters (individually unfortunately) These come in Many sizes and typefaces. Hunt about?
    Screen printing could work but anodised is tricky .
    Alternate B... would be no advert signage? Any real chance yer gonna forget the gizmos function?
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    Make a stencil, tape it in position, white paint straight onto the case. Not sure what paint would be best. Acrylic maybe?
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    Go to a sign company they will do you a stick on one any format any size easy enough. Depends how fancy you want it
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    They come off though. Paint on metal is the laboratory look. I'm assuming that is what Al is going for. If not ignore me.
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    Join Date: Mar 2014

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    Yes, I want a professional looking job as the case is a nice one and I want the project to look "finished" unlike my other DIY cases

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    Stick on emblems are quite doable, but for a single unit, probably wouldn't be cost effective. A stencil with an airbrush would be excellent! Using "Auto-Air" paints, water soluble automotive paints in any color or texture you like. i.e. Flat white, gloss white, metallic white, rainbow prism white, etc. top with flat clear for durability.

    And another option would be a decal. When I built model railroads I bought decal paper that will run through your ink jet printer. You design the logo on the computer and print it off, seal it and then trim as close to the lettering as possible. Float it onto the device, let dry, then spray with a Matt clear coat with an airbrush. Very permanent and done right it looks like it grew there. Practice on scrap metal to perfect your technique. Great results but a learning curve to be sure. And most ink jets cannot print in white, but you can get white decal paper.

    Or, they make tiny sand blasting kits. Using a stencil you can cut the black finish to leave metallic letters.


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    Default White lettering on black front panel - suggestions

    You can laser etch through anodising and this gives a super neat result (I've done it quite a lot). There are loads of companies on line now offering laser etching services. At one point I did offer a design and make service exactly as above but time constraints no longer make this possible.

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    I've used these guys before. Quick service and good product.

    http://www.dawsonsigns.co.uk/

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    Join Date: Mar 2014

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. The Vinyl service Marra has mentioned sounds good and also the Airbrushed stencil method might be a solution. I can probably find a custom airbrush guy somehwere that can do it, or have a go myself on the rear of the plate and if it is a disaster it will be hidden

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