[Amps] Panel lettering

Randall, Randy Randy.Randall at uchealth.com
Fri Jan 4 16:22:01 EST 2013

Making a dry-transfer "rub on" lettering sounds like a marketing opportunity for Brother or Dymo.  A P-touch has 95% of what it would take to make the rub on labels already other than an adhesive (wax) that would release the lettering from the tape when rubbed.  There was a company named Kroy that sold a system that produced rub on labels, but I have not seen anything from them in years.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Amps [mailto:amps-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Bryan Swadener
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 7:48 PM
To: amps at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [Amps] Panel lettering

Labels tend to look like labels, no matter how hard you try.

For dry-transfer "rub on" lettering, look for drafting, graphics, or hobby suppliers. The last time I bought any, I found it in the drafting supply section of my local university book store.  After applying lettering, use satin or gloss (depending on panel finish) clear spray to protect the lettering. That workes nicely when modifying existing artwork.

Another technique not mentioned is to create the graphics using a drawing program and then have a screeen printing shop apply it to your panel.  This works very well for new panels, and allows you to do MUCH more than just lines and text.  My favorite program for this is Visio but there are others.

vy 73,
Bryan WA7PRC

Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 02:13:02 -0500
From: Bill Fuqua
Subject: Re: [Amps] Panel lettering
The newer tapes are easier to deal with.
The backing is cut down the middle so you simply fold the tape along the center line and thebacking halves pop up.
They must have gotten lots of complaints.
The older tapes were a bear to deal with.

At 09:09 AM 1/1/2013 -0600, Robert Logan wrote:
>I also use a Brother Label Maker and it is excellent.  It also makes
>labels in various sizes and fonts.  It's a little pesky to separate the
>label from the plastic
>Sent from my iPhone
>On Dec 31, 2012, at 11:27 AM, "Chuck Curran" <ccurran at wi.rr.com> wrote:
>Another alternative you might want to consider is simply going to an
>Office Max or Office Depot and buying a Brother label maker.  I used
>this approach on my last Linear, built 4 years ago and these labels are
>still perfect.  I chose to use a clear label and print black lettering onto it.
>The labels come in a cartridge, something like scotch tape.  The "tape"
>is available in a variety of types and styles and you can then print in
>several colors too.  Just Google Brother Label Makers and you will get
>back many alternative paths to investigate.  Most of the P-Touch series
>are what I have used, and they go on sale at 50% off every 3-4 months.
>I bought mine for $19.95 as I recall.  Find an on-line source for both
>the printer and the label stock, far cheaper than a local place.
>Good Luck,
>Chuck  W9POU
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Charles Bibb - K5ZK
>Sent: Friday, December 28, 2012 11:11 AM
>Subject: [Amps] Panel lettering
>Can someone on the list point me in the right direction to find some
>lettering for the front panel of my latest HB amp?
>I used to buy "dry transfer" or "rub-on" lettering at Radio Shack (I
>think it was), but they don't carry it now.
>I'd like to find packs of lettering with a "radio" or "electronics"
>theme, making it easier to do whole words or phrases.
>I've looked on ebay, but haven't found anything satisfactory. Maybe I'm
>using the wrong search terms.
>Any help?
>Charles - K5ZK
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