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Need Help How to make plate not see through

Discussion in 'Gerber' started by nssignguy, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. nssignguy

    nssignguy New Member

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    Hi,

    I make a 3/16" thick polycarbonate plate with an Edge 10mil lexedge black background with white text overlay laid down on top with adhesive, then the cutouts are routered out. They backlight this so the text is lighted up to see in the dark and the issue is that light gets through the black and ruins the look of the panel. My question is how to stop this and make the black less opaque but still see the white text. I was wondering if there are any Gerber foils that are less see through, surprisingly the black lets quite a bit of light through? Or if this doesn't work I was thinking about using black vinyl on the back and then cutting out slots for the text, but this adds cost and is a pain.

    Any ideas would be appreciated.
     
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  2. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    Use regular vinyl and cutout the lettering. If you had looked into creating double sided gerber prints you would have seen recommendations to print with either background silver background, usually 3 hits will stop most light. in your situation I would have tested if I want the gerber print to stop the light form a lit box.
     
  3. nssignguy

    nssignguy New Member

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    Thanks for the info, will give it a try.
     
  4. Jester1167

    Jester1167 Very Active Member

    you need to use translucent black if you want to block out the light. regular black vinyl will typically have a mottled appearance.
     
  5. Jburns

    Jburns Active Member

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    Do they still make the jet black foil, or a foil that was used for making screen negatives?
     
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