"Simpit" discussion was about how to letter those little pushbuttons in
your cockpit. That resulted in a variety of solutions being posted by several
members. I will put those solutions that I remember on this page. If you
happen to have a different solution to this problem then don't hesitate
to let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are probably
still many more methods out there, and if you know one please share it
with us. What you need to do before using any of the methods, is thinking
what your priorities are. Do you want backlit buttons? Are the buttons
functional or merely esthetic? How often will you use them? etc. etc. etc.
Just use those
regular transfer-letters available everywhere. Rub them on with a hard
object. Advantage: many fonts, sizes and colors available. Disadvantage:
they are generally not very durable and pushing them often will wear and
tear them rapidly. This problem may be (partly?) overcome by putting a
good quality varnish on top.
Use a sheet
of self-adhesive transparent paper and print the letters on. Now stick
the print on the button, that's it. Advantage: You can make it in all
shapes and sizes you want, create your own symbols etc. Disadvantage: can't
make white letters, although this can be overcome by using non-transparent
Similar to number
2 but this time you don't use a self-adhesive sheet. Some buttons come
with a transparent cap that can be removed and then replaced (after you
put the printed piece of sheet inside the cap). Advantage: see 2 plus
more durability. Disadvantage: see 2, and this is obviously only limited
to buttons that have these special caps fitted.
"sticker"-letters. Advantage: very easy to apply and change. Disadvantage:
very limited number of fonts, sizes and colors available.
Same as 4, but
this time the letters are used as a mask, and you use paint. First
you (spray-)paint the button in the color you want the letters to
be. Then you apply the sticker-letters. Now you paint the button again
with the letters still on it, in the color you want the button to
be. Remove the letters and voila.... Advantage: very durable. Disadvantage:
limited to the available fonts and sizes. Not applicable to many buttons
that will get "glued" together by the paint.
A method mentioned
by Napalm (Mike): I use Model Railroad lettering dry transfers, available
in a wide range of sizes and fonts, after you transfer to the button, use
polyurethane or clearcoat acrylic on the button, if you don't want them
glossy, you can stuff the modelers use over their transfers, don't remember
the name of the stuff, just ask the clerk and he will know what you mean.
I don't know ;-)