[sdiy] Iron on front panels

kenny at beatkamp.com kenny at beatkamp.com
Tue Jun 15 21:58:39 CEST 2021

Guitar pedal folk laser print labels on glossy magazine paper
(AES and IEEE monthlies work super well), iron them on the
die cast Hammond cases, then acid wash them. It looks really

> I used to do this with PCBs and thick aluminum 5 U panels. I used an
> Apache brand laminator. The trick with thick aluminum panels vs copper
> clad is they soak up a ton of heat so you may need a laminator. I also
> would take some steel wool to the surface to remove oxidation and give the
> toner something to bite.
> I had my best success with cheap yellow “toner transfer paper” from
> ebay.
> Acetone will clean toner right off.
> Good luck!
> -sean
> On Tue, Jun 15, 2021, at 2:20 PM, Quincas Moreira via Synth-diy wrote:
>> I have done the same on aluminum panels with varying degrees of success.
>> If the transfer was clean and complete the toner looks great over
>> aluminum. Instead of etching which is messy on aluminum, i would just
>> spray some lacquer over the panel to keep the toner from scratching off
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> On 15 Jun 2021, at 14:15, Randy Dawson via Synth-diy
>>> <synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:
>>> I have been fairly successful in the transfer of PCB artwork from my
>>> laser printer to etched board.
>>> Print it out, with regard to mirror x-y, and with household normal
>>> iron, press down the paper printout for a bit on top of the copper
>>> board to transfer it to copper and etch.
>>> Is there a similar procedure that others have used, for front panel
>>> aluminum?

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