Is anyone making replacement clear labels for DEC gear?

Doug Ingraham dpi at
Thu Sep 29 09:20:33 CDT 2016

I noticed that the local stores don't tend to stock the white on clear
tape.  I had to order the cartridge I have.

On Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 8:18 AM, Doug Ingraham <dpi at>

> 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

Doug Ingraham
PDP-8 SN 1175

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