Alternative panel marking
« on: October 21, 2004, 01:07:29 PM »
Gentlemen,
I have always been disappointed with the panels I make, so thought I would try etching one...... not bad, but could be better. Still... much better than my usual sharpie marked nonsense.

peter



http://www.lazpro.com
I reserve the right to not sell to idiots


fum

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2004, 01:18:51 PM »
Ok, I like it.   :grin:  :thumb:

Explain your madness, I mean method =)

ju

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2004, 01:24:34 PM »
Well.....
It can of course only be done on bare metal, but I just did it with press n peel as you would with a pcb. You have to get plenty of heat into the panel before applying the pnp, but it's pretty much the same.

peter
http://www.lazpro.com
I reserve the right to not sell to idiots

fum

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2004, 01:27:49 PM »
So you're etching with pcb etchant?  (sorry, haven't worked with pnp before)

ju

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2004, 01:28:44 PM »
Yep....  :thumb:
http://www.lazpro.com
I reserve the right to not sell to idiots

owel

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2004, 01:46:24 PM »
Do you dip the whole 19" panel into the Ferriccholoride pan?

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2004, 01:49:20 PM »
Nope... I just mask off the areas with selotape and dab with a brush. It takes about ten minutes.

peter
http://www.lazpro.com
I reserve the right to not sell to idiots

dmlandrum

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2004, 01:55:50 PM »
Is that an aluminum front panel? Will this work with any metal?

It looks cool! Keep up the good work.
Darren Landrum

Be comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment
And despite the changing fortunes of time,
There is always a big future in computer maintenance.

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2004, 02:00:36 PM »
Aluminium panel. No idea if it would work with steel, but dab some etchant on steel to find out.

peter
http://www.lazpro.com
I reserve the right to not sell to idiots

fum

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2004, 02:22:28 PM »
You said bare metal, meaning if your panel has anodize on it, no worky, correct ( this is for those playing the home game)  :green:


Alternative panel marking
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2004, 02:25:40 PM »
Ahhh.... I no know if it worky or no worky with anodized jobbie..!!
http://www.lazpro.com
I reserve the right to not sell to idiots

SSLtech

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2004, 02:46:27 PM »
As professor Stanley Unwin might have said:

Anodizey alumination tufflode of a coatey. Etchey fluid motion sittymost on the surf there, all full o' vinegold: -phhhtuh, ffftuh!

Sandy down the alumey with a great greasey elbold before etchasketch can find proof of purchase.

Peatey purpold, All time some time deep joy of a behold for your panel of expert.

Keef
"A waist is a terrible thing to mind"
Quote from: PRR
Ah, but that was 1999; we don't party like that any more.

fum

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2004, 02:59:55 PM »
thanky keef,

Allright, now everyone knows the next question.

What is the photo resist that they coat pcb boards with, and where can you get it in liquid form?

ju

al_p

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2004, 03:08:17 PM »
cool.
AL P.

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2004, 03:15:54 PM »
Deep joy... Goodly byelode.. :thumb:

http://www.lazpro.com
I reserve the right to not sell to idiots

EZ81

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2004, 03:53:11 PM »
Etching aluminum is fun:
http://img35.exs.cx/img35/6425/etched_box.jpg
http://img35.exs.cx/img35/1622/etched_box_detail.jpg

Standard Hammond box (like for guitar stompbox fx), sprinkled with paint using a spray can with the head only slightly pressed in to produce big drops, letting dry, etching in FeCl, removing paint with thinner, using a plastic brush to clean the etched areas a bit.  After taking the photos i filled the etched areas (dark grey in the pics) with green paint, looks way better now. Excuse the crappy pics. The text/logo looks really great btw.

Just delurking,  passing on another easy wild finishing method and relurking...
;Matthias

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2004, 04:24:36 PM »
Very funky Matthias..  :thumb:
http://www.lazpro.com
I reserve the right to not sell to idiots

Buttercup

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2004, 08:13:09 AM »
How about etching and THEN anodising?

ohrange

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2004, 08:48:39 AM »

Alternative panel marking
« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2004, 10:01:41 AM »
Peter - whooah!! - has this got me thinking...
Can I do this - or have I got the wrong side of the coin....

Design my whole front panel in a drawing program
Laser print it onto those blue A4 photo resist sheets
Iron the photo resist onto the front panel
Paint on chemical etching stuff
Listen to Ogdens Nut Gone Flake for 10 minutes (Deep Joy.... How's your Berts lumbago?)
Rub off and enjoy....

next problem how to etch resist on a paint job....


 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
8 Replies
2218 Views
Last post February 11, 2005, 08:29:20 AM
by Neeno
0 Replies
1282 Views
Last post January 29, 2006, 01:08:59 AM
by guavatone
2 Replies
2373 Views
Last post September 11, 2006, 06:01:14 PM
by [email protected]
4 Replies
2482 Views
Last post January 21, 2011, 10:26:28 AM
by SimonB