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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 12 Jul 2021 21:08 #112680

You are right about that, Ron. I saw some of Rick's work on the Facebook Feathercraft site. It's impressive. 
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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 12 Jul 2021 18:15 #112676

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Since there's been a couple of requests for the recipe of the etching solution I use, I'll post it again here:

CuSO4 (copper sulfate - algicide, from Agway) - 100 grams
NaCl (sodium chloride - I use regular Kosher salt) - 100 grams
NaHSO4 (sodium bisulfate - pool pH adjuster, from WalMart) - 10 grams
H2O (distilled water) - 1 liter

I mix the dry ingredients in the liter of warm distilled water. The solution is pretty saturated at this concentration so heating the water helps things dissolve. You'll probably need to let it sit and shake it from time to time until no solids remain.  This is a pretty weak acid but, naturally, using gloves, and eye protection are a good idea. The etching process itself produces hydrogen gas, so adequate ventilation and proper precautions are a must.  For the DIY minded among you I'll be happy to go into more detail on the whole process, either via email, PM or, if there's enough interest, I'll start a separate 'how to' thread.
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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 10 Nov 2020 00:03 #108567

Hey Slick8....If you decide to buy the switch panels that Rick makes, will be very pleased.
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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 09 Nov 2020 00:09 #108555

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Check your PMs
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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 08 Nov 2020 01:55 #108541

I have a 1953 dr. How much for a switch panel? Thanks

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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 15 Sep 2020 17:50 #107588

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I'm happy some of those are coming my way!!
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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 15 Sep 2020 16:13 #107585

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Wow... That was quick Mike. PM me what you'd like.
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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 15 Sep 2020 15:32 #107582

Patent # for the Sterling.
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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 15 Sep 2020 14:50 #107580

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After a brief hiatus due to a problem that prevented printing usable negatives for custom pieces, I'm back in business. (...I'll spare you all the anti-HP rant).

With all of the trailer restorations going on these days, I'm getting lots (...Ok a few) requests for reproduction trailer capacity tags. I have artwork for 4 types:


There's also a Somerset Boat Co. type not shown here.

A while back in another thread, someone asked if there was a single switch, label solution that didn't require drilling. This is held on by the switch. It's 2.75" in diameter:


With my printer issues resolved, custom panels are now possible again. Another ready to ship:


For those of you waiting on stuff, I'm working to catch up as quickly as I can. Thanks for your patience!

Oh... one last thing. In the pics above, one of the parts has a glaring error and needed to be re-made. So, lets have some fun with my mistake. The first forum member to correctly tell me what it is gets a free trailer or FC capacity tag, customized with your info.
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Etched Aluminum Electrical Switch Panels and Logo Plates 26 Jun 2020 10:58 #105505

Love your work Rick, Mr master of etching, :biggrin: :biggrin:


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