In our last issue of our Newsletter I went through the basic
steps of creating switch panels using inexpensive hard board. We
got them painted up and they look pretty good as an
inexpensive alternative to plexiglas, metal or plastic.
The next step was to find and inexpensive
and simple way to add labeling to our panels. Taking on this
task it was quickly realized that there are not many
alternatives out there providing a simple solution. Things that
were tried included press on lettering, rubber stamping and
stenciling with none of these giving satisfactory results.
Keep in mind I'm not attempting laser
lettering or commercial solutions which tend to be expensive but
look fantastic. I'm just looking for something that is easy for
anyone to do at home that doesn't ruin a panel if you make a
The best solution I found that produced
pretty decent looking results was the use of a label
maker. The label maker I used for this task was the DYMO 160
Here's a video link to it to see how this
This is one of the label makers that
can use clear labels with white marking. There are a bunch of
label makers out there but if you're going to use this approach
be sure and get one that has white on clear label cartridges
I found one in the local Walmart for about
$29.00 and then checked Ebay and got it for $16.00 new.
The cartridge which contains 23 feet of tape was $12.00.So this
is a pretty good deal and gives you plenty of labeling tape to
The label maker has quite a few options
for lettering size, font and other options. This made it easy to
change the size of the lettering to get a reasonable look for
the panel. I used the 20 size bold font.
The labeling worked out pretty well for a
cheap solution and should work on about any smooth surface. I
did cut off as much access labeling material near the letters as
possible. In certain lighting you can see the faint reflection
of the clear tape though but it's not bad.
I think this is a great and inexpensive
solution for labeling your controls. Give it a try.
Switch panel marking on HomeFlite cockpit.
This inexpensive solution should work on any panel where you
need custom lettering.
Next time we'll look at building a
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