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#1 squeeezebox

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Posted 04 March 2016 - 03:44 PM

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.

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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.



#2 MyOhMy

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Posted 04 March 2016 - 04:09 PM

WOW - Top Job! :thumbsup:  :bow:  :rock:  :hooray:

 

It looks dang fine to me, most impressive indeed. :yes:

 

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I assume the transfer is what's known as a 'water slide transfer'?

Have you coated the transfer with a particular coating to protect it?

How did you copy/design/whatever the original design?

Did you just take/send an image file to a transfer manufacturer?

How much did this cost?

 

I'm very keen to know these things for a couple of my own boxes.



#3 squeeezebox

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Posted 04 March 2016 - 04:18 PM

hi, I took this old panel into the shop, he did all the work. I guess it is water slide as this is how he told me to apply, as for coating I applied nothing, they are made hard wearing already, you cannot get the print off. 

The cost was £65 for design and print of 10 transfers which I thought was quite reasonable.

I have the other panels ready to go too, cassette function markings and sound button panel.



#4 MyOhMy

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Posted 04 March 2016 - 05:30 PM

hi, I took this old panel into the shop, he did all the work. I guess it is water slide as this is how he told me to apply, as for coating I applied nothing, they are made hard wearing already, you cannot get the print off. 

The cost was £65 for design and print of 10 transfers which I thought was quite reasonable.

I have the other panels ready to go too, cassette function markings and sound button panel.

 

Thanks, squeezebox.  Not a bad price when all considered.



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Posted 04 March 2016 - 11:06 PM

That came out great, good work there squeeze.



#6 BoomboxLover48

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 08:11 AM

Excellent!

I'm sure lots of Sharp owners badly need them.



#7 soundboy

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 12:37 PM

Wow that is great
I wondered if this was possible

#8 blu_fuz

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 10:58 PM

Looks worlds better. Great job applying it and searching out the shop to do the transfer details.

#9 Radio-Active

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 01:43 AM

Amazing! I own a decal/sign shop,and I havn't had a need for water-slide decals before. I should start looking into it,in case I need to do this.
It's like a whole new facelift. Good restore!

#10 squeeezebox

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 05:49 AM

Thanks all, wasn't sure if it would work or look right but im very pleased with the finish.



#11 nikonfoo

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 08:24 AM

FANTASIC  :bow:

i have a few boxes that need this you are on to something here

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#12 ralrein1

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Posted 08 March 2016 - 11:32 PM

Very nice,I am truly impressed.It looks friken great to me.Keep up the good work!👍👍

#13 squeeezebox

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 08:55 AM

Thanks.. avail on ebay or £2 cheaper here if interested. Still not got round to mine yet.

#14 mancardo

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 11:56 AM

WOW....that came out good. Nice job!



#15 Lasonic TRC-920

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 04:17 PM

Damn, that is amazing. 

 

The 777's suffer so hard from oxidation. 

 

HEADS UP EVERYONE....Buy that 777z in rough shape now, save a ton of money and have this done!

 

Great Work SqueezeBox!



#16 Crunchy_JuiceBox84

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 11:38 PM

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I just got my 777 and this is the only area that needs work. I am highly interested in these decals.


#17 squeeezebox

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 03:54 PM

thats a bit crusty, you'll have to get that smooth before fitting new transfer.

oh and thanks for the positive feedback  :-)



#18 Lasonic TRC-920

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 05:08 PM

 

 
 
I just got my 777 and this is the only area that needs work. I am highly interested in these decals.

 

 

This is so common. Any of these that were near the beach or most from Japan suffer from this issue.



#19 riker1068

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 08:39 AM

Are you offering services? I bet you would get a lot of customers. I would like my GF 1000 plate redone



#20 im_alan_partridge

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 03:00 PM

Could you remove the plate, paint it rather than just leave it alloy colour, then stick a transfer over the top of the paint.

 

I don't have a 777, just asking :-)



#21 Crunchy_JuiceBox84

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 12:29 AM

thats a bit crusty, you'll have to get that smooth before fitting new transfer.

oh and thanks for the positive feedback  :-)

Yeah, but the rest of the box looks good. Whats the best way to pop off the knobs and switches? Do you have any tear down pictures, Everything works so well on this box and I really don't want to mess anything up. Can't wait until the transfers arrive, I believe I just ordered them from you on Ebay, Jraygb?



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Posted 25 March 2016 - 11:24 AM

Got mine and it looks great......not got round to fitting it yet though

#23 squeeezebox

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 12:36 PM

riker, yes I could do it for you, if in uk that is. partridge, no need to paint it, just flat it with 800 grit ans stick it on. you wont see the paint so its pointless. crunchy, just gently pry them off with something plastic, I have used pliers in the past with a folded cloth over the buttons but I wouldn't really recommend this as you could easily scratch them.

Ill do a step by step soon, once ive moved house in a few weeks, ill also be listing some 777 colour match paint. got a few restorations coming soon.



#24 soundboy

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 03:41 PM

Is it possible to protect against oxidation?

#25 squeeezebox

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 01:19 AM

I suppose so, if they are kept indoors dry and not in a damp attic, ive got a few 767's that are in perfect condition.



#26 soundboy

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 10:49 PM

OK thanks

#27 Crunchy_JuiceBox84

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 06:54 PM

I received my Switch Panel decal in the mail a couple days ago. Can't wait to use it.



#28 Crunchy_JuiceBox84

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 04:25 PM

Finally broke down and took apart my GF777 and put the new switch panel decal on. Was quite nervous about taking it apart.

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 06:05 AM

Finally broke down and took apart my GF777 and put the new switch panel decal on. Was quite nervous about taking it apart.

That panel transfer came out so BEAUTIFUL! :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:

 

That made a world of difference! :yes:  :rock:

 

 

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 02:46 PM

Finally broke down and took apart my GF777 and put the new switch panel decal on. Was quite nervous about taking it apart.

That came out amazing! GREAT WORK!!  :bow: