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Looking for a way to put front panel symbols (reset, USB, HDD, microphone, etc.) back on. Help!

post #1 of 4
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I'm in the process of modding and painting my Corsair Air 540.



When I paint the outside pieces, I'm going to end up painting over these little symbols. I do not want to just mask these off, that would look horrible and ruin the paint effect I'm going for.

That said, how can I get these back on after painting? I need them in white, like they are now.

I know these are probably done with a high speed roller or stamp at the factory, but I have to imagine someone sells pre-printed sheets of these on transfer paper - you know, where you put the sheet up to something, rub the back of the sheet with a pencil over the letter or symbol you want to transfer, and it sticks. I remember my dad using these all the time when I was a kid, they had alphabets and electrical symbols on them. They didn't leave any kind of "residue" or clear-ish edge, like you'd see if the entire sheet was pressure sensitive adhesive, and the lettering was just printed on the adhesive.

I'm also imagining something like an edgeless window decal/bumper sticker, where just the design has an adhesive coating, and you press and pull.

I've been looking for either of these things for months now, and have struck out. Actually, I haven't even found stickers or anything to accomplish putting these symbols on a computer in any fashion.

Does anyone know if someone sells something like this? If not, any ideas how to do this? In my head, stencils and hand-painting are unclean and unprofessional looking, and also in my head, I'm having a hard time accepting that nobody makes what I'm looking for. I'm holding out hope that someone out there thought of what I'm thinking of already.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 4
I've purchased translucent stick-on adhesive decal sheets in the past, printed on them, cut them out, bing bang boom. You could get fancy with foil paper or static sheets.

Or pretend you meant to do it and name the PC something clever.

Blue paint = Blue Screen of Death
Green = Green screen
White = Whiteout
Etc. ;-)
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My only concern with doing that is possibly having a translucent "edge" around the printed part. If I understand what you're getting after, I'd have to be much better with an X-Acto than I am. That, and I can't print white.

I'm really wanting to do this whole thing, if I can, so you can't notice that this was done by someone in their house. I.E. "what mod, what are you talking about? I got this case from the future, they don't sell it yet, McFly."
post #4 of 4
Yeah, you do have to be a bit handy with scissors (or have a wife who is).

Maybe somewhere can make nice stick-on plastic or metal badges? I searched for custom chrome emblems and some options showed up.

You're forging new territory here. I know there are some case modding communities around that might be better help.

It's kinda like when I built an all black full tower in the late 90s. Found a black tower with nowhere for fans and no such thing as black components. A mandrel and some spray paint solved that.
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