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Finishing enclosures. Free Chicken
« on: January 12, 2017, 12:53:15 AM »
So if I wanted to put a piece of paper on an aluminum enclosure and sprayed some clear enamel on it, would that hold the paper there forever?

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Re: Finishing enclosures. Free Chicken
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 01:33:44 AM »
Lol, are you going to use glue/adhesive to hold the paper down? I don't see why not. How bout that chicken?

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Re: Finishing enclosures. Free Chicken
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2017, 02:20:11 AM »
I'd guess it will work, but I would not use regular printer paper. it's likely that the solvents in the spray laquer will soak into the paper possibly smudging the graphics and/or pulping the paper. I'd go with high gloss paper.
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Re: Finishing enclosures. Free Chicken
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2017, 07:02:47 AM »
Gloss photo paper works best if you cut it to size and spray contact adhesive on it, and then place it on the enclosure.  You only need a couple of clear coats afterwards.

The glue will squeeze out the sides though but it's a good way to get a quick result.

This is photopaper:


I use adhesive inkjet paper normally, but it takes MANY, MANY, MANY coats as it's very porus.  You also may need to mask off the top of the enclosure and spray it white as the paper will become a bit transparent.  Sometimes, the black ink will repel the clear slightly, so you get a bit of an embossed effect until you get enough clear on.  As usual, patience is key, and lots of light coats, don't get in a hurry as it has a lot of potential to run or react with the glue.  This is an example, using a lacquer that didn't give any issues with the paper.



The best thing I've found is waterproof laser adhesive paper.  Inkjets will not dry on this, but it only needs 2-3 coats of clear.  The colours aren't as vivid as inkjets though, or as high quality normally.  It works fantastically for text based designs.

This is laser adhesive paper.


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Re: Finishing enclosures. Free Chicken
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2017, 12:52:38 PM »
I've used regular printer paper printed with an inkjet printer and glued down with acrylic medium the same stuff i use for painting. Just on a very small scale as part of a mixed media type pedal finish.

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Re: Finishing enclosures. Free Chicken
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2017, 05:11:07 PM »
Gloss photo paper works best if you cut it to size and spray contact adhesive on it, and then place it on the enclosure.  You only need a couple of clear coats afterwards.

The glue will squeeze out the sides though but it's a good way to get a quick result.

This is photopaper:


I use adhesive inkjet paper normally, but it takes MANY, MANY, MANY coats as it's very porus.  You also may need to mask off the top of the enclosure and spray it white as the paper will become a bit transparent.  Sometimes, the black ink will repel the clear slightly, so you get a bit of an embossed effect until you get enough clear on.  As usual, patience is key, and lots of light coats, don't get in a hurry as it has a lot of potential to run or react with the glue.  This is an example, using a lacquer that didn't give any issues with the paper.



The best thing I've found is waterproof laser adhesive paper.  Inkjets will not dry on this, but it only needs 2-3 coats of clear.  The colours aren't as vivid as inkjets though, or as high quality normally.  It works fantastically for text based designs.

This is laser adhesive paper.


If you check out my build reports, I detail how I get each one finished.

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Re: Finishing enclosures. Free Chicken
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2017, 05:36:16 PM »
Adhesive photo paper would be worth a look, but it generally comes in not-quite-covering-one-dimension of a stompbox.  Be prepared to sand it off and start again...