Is anyone making replacement clear labels for DEC gear?

steven at steven at
Thu Sep 29 09:16:26 CDT 2016

> 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

A few months ago I made a test transparent waterslide decal to see how it
would turn out, in preparation for a larger piece.
Seeing the subject of this thread, it prompted me to make a note and put
up some photos at

It's not difficult at all if the colours involved are not white. In
Ethan's situation however, screenprinting or vinyl stencil cutting may
work better.


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