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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 11:28 am    Post subject: Restoring switch markings and lettering Reply with quote

Question for you all, anyone ever tried or been successful at restoring the markings on switches? The symbols on my headlight and turnsignal switch are all but worn away. I was thinking of a stencil and some white paint, but maybe there's a decal?
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 5:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Restoring switch markings and lettering Reply with quote

I found a company online that makes decals specifically for some older model Nissans. so it can be done via the decal route. You'd probably need to find someone that can make custom stickers. My wife works with graphics and such and could probably make the needed file to send to the sticker people if you can find a company.

Let me know if you want any help with that.

This is the company I found for the Nissan stuff, the decals look factory. Maybe they could tell you who actually makes them.

https://restomod.ninja/product/turn-signal-wiper-stalk-decals/
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Restoring switch markings and lettering Reply with quote

I used a P-Touch with clear tape and White letters.

Granted I didn't have the international symbols.

I'm guessing they could be generated for the P-Touch and uploaded? (Beyond my pay scale)

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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Restoring switch markings and lettering Reply with quote

There is stuff specifically for that....trying to remember what the hell its called...Used it in a previous life. It put me in mind of white-out, but it was ver specific....If I remember, (which I probably wont), I'll post it. Now I am gonna have to do a web search.

from an AACA post "Personally I like filling the letters with a solid paint stick. See McMaster-Carr. They are called fill in paint sticks. They are designed to do what you are trying to do and they do it very well................Bob"

But that being said, I have redone white lettering on a beetle 4 way flasher with just some white rattle can paint srayed into a lid and dripped in with a toothpick and the excess wiped off (actually more like buffed off) after it dried pretty well. Took a couple attempts.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 9:28 am    Post subject: Re: Restoring switch markings and lettering Reply with quote

andk5591 wrote:
There is stuff specifically for that....trying to remember what the hell its called...Used it in a previous life. It put me in mind of white-out, but it was ver specific....If I remember, (which I probably wont), I'll post it. Now I am gonna have to do a web search.

from an AACA post "Personally I like filling the letters with a solid paint stick. See McMaster-Carr. They are called fill in paint sticks. They are designed to do what you are trying to do and they do it very well................Bob"

But that being said, I have redone white lettering on a beetle 4 way flasher with just some white rattle can paint srayed into a lid and dripped in with a toothpick and the excess wiped off (actually more like buffed off) after it dried pretty well. Took a couple attempts.


Thanks for the tip, I ordered a White Stick from McMaster yesterday, very inexpensive too. I've done the white paint on a Toothpick as well, the first time was for a 1956 MGA that I was cleaning up for a client. The fresh paint really brings life back into switches and dash controls.. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 10:33 am    Post subject: Re: Restoring switch markings and lettering Reply with quote

Thanks, that's great.

MFerioli wrote:
I found a company online that makes decals specifically for some older model Nissans. so it can be done via the decal route. You'd probably need to find someone that can make custom stickers. My wife works with graphics and such and could probably make the needed file to send to the sticker people if you can find a company.

Let me know if you want any help with that.

This is the company I found for the Nissan stuff, the decals look factory. Maybe they could tell you who actually makes them.

https://restomod.ninja/product/turn-signal-wiper-stalk-decals/
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