Hola, Pues! El Kabong!
I was just showing my wife what you were talking about (Mod Podge). Looked it up ..... man! That looks like some really useful stuff! Do people know about this? (haahaa!)
So now I'm really
curious. I've been frettin' over how to do the graphics on my own Hill Billy Tech synth (the Super Death Ray or whatever). I mean, for the most part I can just (attempt to) remember everything, but it would be better if it were to have some function labels here and there.
I mean, the voice controllers I'm making ..... Holy Radioactive Coyotes, Batman ... there's a bit there .....
So now your project methods have me thinking (uh oh ... everybody run! ... he's been thinking again!). I've always liked the look of the Dymo labels, matter of fact Pittsburgh Modular has done and gone KILLED THE HELL OUT OF THAT format! It looks amazingly good. I wonder if I could somehow use the Mod Goop along with some type of protective clear coat to adhere some printed out fakey Dymo labels that I can make up in the computer.
I've even considered doing a bit of metal stamping (I know a guy who's pretty much nailed a method of doing that quite well .... ~ahem~ ....). but to be honest that method doesn't really transfer well to painted surfaces, it only REALLY looks good on polished aluminum surfaces, which I won't have very many of. Polished aluminum isn't optimal for live performance panels, it's far too reflective. If one of those quadbillion watt spot lights or really hot stage light hits that surface all I can see for a few minutes is a blue dot floating in front of me.
Do I plan on going on stage with the Synth Of Death? Odder things have been known to happen. I'm certainly designing it towards that end.
Anyhow (wandering off again) ... do you think that there's a process .. a DIY process ... that would serve my needs? Even if the Dymo thing isn't practical, just some large-ish typeface graphics (VCO1 ... V81 [I use "V8" for "1v/oct" ... as in "volt/octave"], FM2, and so on ... short descriptors) would do.
I've been thinking of using silver Sharpie too, with clear coat over top. But sometimes clear epoxy spray paint can make Sharpie ink do REALLY weird things.
What do you think? Is there a method or combo of methods that will allow me to apply graphics over bedliner?
If not, for panels like the Voice Controller (pic above) I'll probably just scribble the function descriptors on with black Sharpie and call it done.
Help me, oh mighty Roger Ramjet ...
EDIT: Or perhaps I should just go all-in with the paper face method of sorts, and design the custom panels in some complimentary color to black (it's useless to attempt to match an existing black, it never works out, looks like an obvious screw up, and is just a plane and simple FAIL). Perhaps some type of gun-metal grey panel color with black graphics. Go with mil-spec looking graphics to go along with the whole mil-spec themes I like. Mumbling out loud again.
Hmmm .. paper face .... thinking ... thinking ... graphics, black, TITAN II ICBM silo looks ... paper face ... black .... ok my hair hurts now. I think I blew a diode.