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Author Topic: Restoring cases?  (Read 2147 times)
GILGSN
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« on: December 22, 2012, 10:12:09 AM »

Hello,

I am restoring a Gonset Communicator III. Actually, two of them.. One, I am thinking of powder coating the case. How are the case markings applied at the factory and is it possible to duplicate the process or get close enough to an original look?

Thanks,

Gil.
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AC5UP
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2012, 02:15:12 PM »

Most likely the front panel was silk screened.

For a one-time restoration your best bet will likely be dry transfer rub-on lettering. If there is a reasonably decent art supply house in your area they can sell you what you need. For now, check this out: http://www.letraset.com/shopcontent.asp?type=info-transfers

Be sure to practice with seldom used letters & symbols before you try it for real.
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GILGSN
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2012, 02:54:00 PM »

Thanks.. Do you know how hard is silk screening.. I am going to look into it. It would be great, if I was to do a few, and to learn the process. It sure looks good..

Gil.
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KA5N
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2012, 03:32:19 PM »

The thing with silk screening is that the process of screening is simple.  Put the screen
against the thing to be screened and squeege the paint or ink on the screen and
violia there is the screened panel.  The real difficulty is making a screen which is usually
done by the silk screening company and requires an original art work and then is
processed to blank out the part of the screen that will block the paint and open the
parts that allow the paint to go through the screen.   Usually the company will do the
whole job for you including the actual screening.  Once made a screen can be used
many times.  It is probably not very cost effective to have just one item screened.
The notion is that screening is a fast way to process many identical parts.
Allen KA5N
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AC5UP
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2012, 05:06:20 PM »

Thanks.. Do you know how hard is silk screening..

Mister Google knows. <hint>

Allen gave you some good advice... Silk screening is a cost effective way to label a production run of chassis or t-shirts, but as far as a short run in the single digits? Not so much. Visit your local art supply house to see what they recommend.......
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W9GB
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2012, 05:34:07 PM »

The prototyping community uses:  Front Panel Express
http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/

Front Panel Express, LLC is your supplier for custom-designed front panels and enclosures for electronic equipment. We manufacture front panels and enclosures based on your design with our free Front Panel Designer by using modern CNC technology.

Front Panel Express - Client Showcase
http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/products/showcase/front-panels/index.html

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CAM EXPERT - Front Panel Gallery (New Hampshire)
http://www.cam-expert.com/front-panel-gallery.html
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W9GB
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2012, 05:50:30 PM »

BTW, Glen K9STH restored his Gonset with an OVERLAY.
http://k9sth.com/uploads/restored_equipment.pdf

Hayseed Hamfest has been developing OVERLAYS for amateur radio equipment
http://hayseedhamfest.com/overlays.html
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GILGSN
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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2012, 08:34:56 PM »

Great infor, thank you!

By the way if anyone has a Gonset Communicator III in working order for sale, 6m or 2m, or a G-50, I am interested.

Thanks,

Gil.
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