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  • Detailed Control Panel Overlay Restoration/Recreation

    Hey guys,

    I?ve had a lot of people contact me lately in regards to prints, control panel overlays, marquees etc..

    This is a detailed account of a ?Hankin? control panel restoration/recreation I?m currently working on for a mate.

    I?m hoping this will give people an idea of what?s involved from start to finish. At the end I will also give details of cost, turnaround time etc.

    First step is a general appraisal of what we have to do and how we are going to achieve it.

    Fortunately, my mate had a good idea of what he wanted and the old control panel to get the measurements off. Even the artwork in vectored format! Too easy!

    Now to get working on those control panels!

    ? The old control panel was measured up and cut files created in illustrator.

    ? Files are emailed to the Perspex shop to have a new pair of control panels cut.

    ? Vectored print files are now created in Illustrator with ?processed colours? specific for my Roland large format printer. (these give the best possible colour representation)

    ? Perspex is picked up from the shop.

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    This is the artwork we will be using.

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    The old Perspex, plus the new ones we had cut.

    ? Vinyl and laminate

    I set about trying to find a modern, user friendly replacement for polycarbonate laminate. (for that authentic look and feel!)

    My supplier recommended a thick, textured matt laminate from Avery. It?s more commonly used as a laminate for floor graphics. It looks and feels very similar to a textured polycarbonate.

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    Difficult to get a good picture of this stuff. In person it looks and feels great.

    The printable vinyl I?ll be using is another Avery product. It?s a calendared vinyl with permanent adhesive and ?Easy Apply? technology.
    This makes it really easy to fit and almost eliminates bubbles and creasing.

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    Trying to get a close up of the "Easy Apply" veins. This allows air to escape when sticking it on. No more bubbles!

    Next to come is the printing. I?ll post more pics and progress as we go.

  • #2
    Looks good Reckon the owner should be very happy with the end product
    Last edited by immortal; 17 July 2014, 10:37 AM.


    • #3
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      Overlays printed, plus a few other bits and pieces for other jobs.

      Will let them hang for a few days to allow "degassing" before laminating.

      More pics and progress to come.


      • #4
        They look really good reckon owner will love that SF2 artwork


        • #5
          Laminated and cut, ready for application to the perspex.

          I took these pics outside to try and get a shot of the texture.

          Really happy with the outcome.

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          This picture is to demonstrate how flexible the overlay still is.

          It's quite amazing that it has that plastic feel will still being conformable.

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          Next to come will be the final product.


          • #6
            Wow - this is cool. Thanks for posting, great to see the process in action.


            • #7
              Awesome work.
              I am refurbish a Hankin Deluxe at the moment and would love to get you to do some for me.
              Are you still printing these and what is the cost?



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