Is anyone making replacement clear labels for DEC gear?

Doug Ingraham dpi at
Thu Sep 29 09:18:07 CDT 2016

White on clear is available with the Brother P-Touch label system.  Just do
a google search for white on clear label tape.

On Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 1:05 AM, Fritz Mueller <fritzm at> wrote:

> Hi Ethan,
> On my 11/45, the big power supply regulator stickers on the back of the
> CPU cabinet were also badly damaged.  As part of my restore, I went to some
> effort to make suitable replacements.  The originals were white on clear.
> I found that did a nice job with white on clear (look
> under their “Clear Stickers” category).  It’s a little pricey at $18 for a
> single page, but the two big power supply stickers I needed were most of a
> page so I went for it, and was pleased with the results.  I’ll put a pic of
> this up on my blog soon in case others are interested in how this turned
> out.
> I would still like to replace the exact sticker you linked to below, but
> couldn’t justify a whole page to get just that one small sticker…. Please
> let me know if you would like to put together a full page of various
> smaller stickers and split the cost, though!
> A black on white vinyl process would probably also look okay for some of
> the smaller stickers, I think, if you could get a laser print with a
> suitably dense and uniform black field.  Interested in hearing if some of
> the other restorers here have different/better suggestions for this.
> For the smallest stickers in my restore (connector/plug labels where I was
> not particularly concerned with matching artwork/fonts) I have been using a
> Brother P-touch labeler with black-on-clear and white-on-black tape
> cartridges.
>         cheers,
>            —FritzM.
> > On Sep 28, 2016, at 2:46 PM, Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at> wrote:
> >
> > Hi, All,
> >
> > I'm restoring some stuff from the mid 1970s and a recent acquisition
> > was previously cleaned of mouse damage but needs to be sanded and
> > repainted by me.  One aspect of it is that some of the labels are
> > damaged (but some can probably be masked and painted around).  The
> > level of damage I'm talking about looks a bit like this...
> >
> >
> >
> > Most of the item intact, but rust and scale to be cleaned, sanded,
> > primed and painted.  The damage to the label in that pic is
> > representative.
> >
> > I have access to all the modern tools, so it's easy to print black on
> > clear adhesive sheet, but not so much with white.  Before embarking on
> > spinning up a process, I thought I'd ask if anyone has already done
> > so.  In particular interest to me is the era from about 1965-1980,
> > from PDP-8s through PDP-11s and VAX-11 machines, both CPUs and
> > peripherals.  I would like to get close matches and I already know in
> > some cases, there just aren't close matches with modern TrueType font
> > files.  I can, of course, just take photos of the label areas now,
> > restore the damage, and put on stickers some time in the future, but
> > doing it all at once has its own appeal
> >
> > -ethan

Doug Ingraham
PDP-8 SN 1175

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