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post #1 of 10 Old Sep 16th, 2013, 9:40 pm Thread Starter
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Bar mount operator labels??

Mine are fading a bit and I'd like to have that new bike smell....er look.. Are there any sources for an applique type replacement?
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No. But if you find a source, please share.

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I could be off the mark here but I doubt you will ever find a source. Those imprints on the switches are some form of dye-sublimation process (at one time I actually knew what the term was through research and have since forgotten). The white 'ink' is actually chemically bonded with the plastic, any kind of label would quickly wear away with use, so the only way to return to that new look would be to disassemble the switch(es) and take them to someone that can print the symbols on them. Sorry to be a downer, but your best bet is to look for some in good shape on eBay and just pay the pain.

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Seems like there was a thread within the past year about someone coming up with a workaround. IIRC, he was "painting" them somehow.

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Seems like there was a thread within the past year about someone coming up with a workaround. IIRC, he was "painting" them somehow.
I remembered that thread but wasn't sure if that was on this forum or the chromeheads forum - I guess I have my answer now. And with that answer I am able to locate the thread:

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I could be off the mark here but I doubt you will ever find a source. Those imprints on the switches are some form of dye-sublimation process (at one time I actually knew what the term was through research and have since forgotten). The white 'ink' is actually chemically bonded with the plastic, any kind of label would quickly wear away with use, so the only way to return to that new look would be to disassemble the switch(es) and take them to someone that can print the symbols on them. Sorry to be a downer, but your best bet is to look for some in good shape on eBay and just pay the pain.
Hobby shop, dry transfer letters in white for scale models, then cover in a clear. it will not be perfect, but it will be better than the easily wiped off chalk that BMW used.

In fact it's not a bad idea to disassemble the controls, sand them lightly to get back the color, apply the rub on dry transfer labels, then clearcoat the whole control with a good 2K poly with UV additive and finish off the controls the way they should have been done at the factory.

Modern Poly automotive clear is tougher than the plastic they are made of and if prepped properly will never delaminate.

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Man, when I said within the last year, I didn't realize it had actually been one year (and one week). Where has the time gone?

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For those that are interested, have a look at ebay item number 111016378636. its on ebay Germany and for an 1150gs but most of the markings are the same. Sorry but I don't know how to put a link to it. Hope this helps
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Re: Bar mount operator labels??

At almost 22.00 pounds for shipping to the u.s. that is a bit ridiculous.

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