Finally got these back from the sign company, as some of you may have experienced the alloy effect panel can sometimes deteriorate if the box hasn't been looked after properly.
The box I had was a mess as you can see. 12829164_10206011295225801_934051208166593244_o.jpg 51K 45 downloads
I decided to see if I could get something made to smarten it up a bit, I had some transfers made the same as the original, these are very hard wearing with 8 year outdoor guarantee, you cannot remove the print, I tried with a sharp knife. The adhesive is permanent when set and would require scraping off.
Anyway to apply these first ou need to prep the old panel as the transfers are thin and any imperfections will show through.
I sanded the original with 800 grit wet and dry, it was very easy and took less than 10 minutes. (the original is certainly not hard wearing)
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This panel also had some deep scratches and a crack at the top so I glued this and went over the cracks with automotive body filler.
Once done I washed the panel under the hot tap to make sure no dirt remained.
I then mixed hot water and washing liquid in a bowl and wet the panel with it, on peeling the transfer I did the same to the back of that.
The carefully applied the transfer.
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I used my fingers to carefully position it and brush out any snags or bubbles, This is the first time ive applied a transfer wet and didn't find it too difficult.
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Positioning isn't perfect but its pretty damn close.
These are quite thin and can tear easily during application so you have to be very careful.
Ill post a picture of a transfer applied to my stereo when I get round to it, this is just a test piece and probably wont be used.
I have more available £12 posted UK, not sure on postage for outside UK.
Can be used for any Jap boxes also with Japanese writing.
Hope this is ok admin, if not please let me know and ill remove the sale part.