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Re: Replacement Meter Faceplate
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 1:20:22 PM
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@dwhess: The results in both cases looked as good or better than the original faceplate but had the advantage of color printing if neccessary.

Thank you so much for sharing this -- it gives me a lot more confidence to hear from someone who has already done this.

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Re: Laser engraving
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 1:19:03 PM
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@Tom-ii: Also, they're only about a mile from my house, so you could make a field trip...

Or you could wear a webcam so I coudl see what you are seeing and we could link up by Skype and you coudl act as my remove Avatar LOL

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Replacement Meter Faceplate
dwhess   8/26/2014 12:18:52 PM
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I have done this in the past in the same way you basically describe.  I scanned the original faceplate and used the image to create vector artwork in AutoCAD.  A test printout on plain paper allowed precise measurements to be made for correcting any scale errors.

 

Then I either printed the final image on high resolution flat paper or glossy photo paper intended for inkjet printers and used spray adhesive to attach it to the original metal faceplate.  The slight added thickness of the paper has never been an issue.

 

The results in both cases looked as good or better than the original faceplate but had the advantage of color printing if neccessary.

 

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Re: Laser engraving
tom-ii   8/25/2014 7:03:37 PM
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Also, they're only about a mile from my house, so you could make a field trip...

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Re: New faceplates for analog meters
David Ashton   8/25/2014 6:12:40 PM
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@Max...re printing on CDS...great idea....you could get an old CD, carefully cut out part of the CD the same size as the meter face, put the meter face in the hole thus created, attach it with stickytape on the back of the CD and faceplate, and print.  You might have to pad the faceplate up a bit - it probably would not be as thick as the CD.

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Re: Laser engraving
Max The Magnificent   8/25/2014 6:05:31 PM
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@Tom-ii: You might take a look at these folks...

Thanks for the suggestion -- when I'm a bit more progressed I might give them a call depending on how the other options turn out...

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Re: New faceplates for analog meters
Max The Magnificent   8/25/2014 6:02:51 PM
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@Rcurl: If you decide to re-print the scale markings and everything, you might try getting an inkjet printer that will print on CD's. You could easily modify it to accept the meter scales.

Good suggestion.

As an aside (since I know you like Dr Who), did you see the new one on Saturday? I missed it (preparing for my trip) but I just downloaded it to my iPad as a treat for the return journey.

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Re: I forgot to mention earlier....
Max The Magnificent   8/25/2014 5:58:17 PM
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@mhrackin: I probably have a couple in my basement (bought surplus in the '50s or '60s).

So are you going to build one of these clocks? If not, I'm sure I could find those meters a good home LOL

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Laser engraving
tom-ii   8/25/2014 2:41:40 PM
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Max,


You might take a look at these folks:  http://www.mandrelbend.com/

 

They are actually an exhaust shop just down the road from my house.  BUT - they have a laser engraving machine on-site to do custom work for the "tuner" community.


You might give them a ring and see what they might be willing to do..

 

It might actually be that these folks are in the same building, but one or the other can get you good contact info.

http://www.manta.com/c/mwk15xy/chesapeake-laser-engraving

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Re: New faceplates for analog meters
Rcurl   8/25/2014 2:22:00 PM
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If the background of the scale is still nice and white then you can get some correction fluid like "wite out" or "Snopaque" and cover just the numbers and letters but not the scale markings.  Then use Letraset dry-transfer lettering to replace the letters and digits. You can get it on eBay and at many craft stores in the scrapbooking section.

If you decide to re-print the scale markings and everything, you might try getting an inkjet printer that will print on CD's. You could easily modify it to accept the meter scales.

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