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Best option for labling keys?
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Post 1 made on Thursday January 9, 2003 at 07:49
Dave SC
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Has anyone discovered a good sticker lable for renaming keys? Specifically, I'm using the OFA 8910.

Dave
Post 2 made on Friday January 10, 2003 at 04:44
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nailpolish and a tiny stencil.:)
OP | Post 3 made on Friday January 10, 2003 at 09:15
Dave SC
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Cute Edmund.

Seriously, is the group telling me that no one has bothered to relable their keys?
Post 4 made on Friday January 10, 2003 at 13:13
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For my first 15-1994, I made a template overlay, scanned into computer, then imported using raster to vector conversion to just get the outline. Then I added the labels using a cad package. Used white for normal functions, green for receiver functions, orange for power, yellow for vcr/dvr, and blue for TV. Output on an inkjet printer was OK but I was looking for perfection. So I went to Kinko's and had them print out a few on color laser onto .010" clear velvet lexan (supplied from a friend at a graphics company, btw, the artwork had a black background). Added a double sided adhesive sheet (purchased at Staples) to the back and tried to cut out all the holes for the keys (circle punches would be a great help there).

It worked ok, but here are the problems.
1. The remote has a complex surface curve (complex means that it's curved in more than one dimension) so when you try to attach the label, it doesn't want to lay flat without wrinkles. Its hard to see it but its definately there :(. In retrospect, mylar is probably a better base material because it can stretch much better.
2. Need a better adhesive, because even though I got the lexan to stretch a bit, it wanted to peel up. I recomend a 3M VHB 200 series if anyone wants to try this again.
3. Remote surface is not accustomed to labels because of its texture.
4. Really looked good for a few weeks before edges started peeling up. I should have matched the remotes black to the black on the artwork better since the label looked out of place.
5. I learned that by smart rearrangement of my keys, I (or my wife), really didn't need the labels anyway so I abandoned the project.

So, there it is, the story of the label that was, but just not for long. If I can find the artwork, maybe I can post it if anyone was interested.
OP | Post 5 made on Saturday January 11, 2003 at 07:42
Dave SC
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Thanks TranAmMan. I was afraid of that.
Post 6 made on Thursday February 6, 2003 at 11:01
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Sorry I didn't respond earlier (I didn't see this post before), but I relabeled a huge number of the keys on my 15-1994 in a way that was virtually indistinguishable from the original labeling.

I used a p-touch label maker that I bought from Staples and set it to 6 point font. The p-touch makes labels using tape that is extremely thin (nothing like the dymo labels we used when we were kids), so once you apply it to a surface it's hard to tell that it's not part of that surface unless you look really closely at it. I used labels that had a black background with gold lettering to perfectly match the existing labels on my 15-1994.

More recently, I did the same thing for my 15-2116, but this time I went with white background and black letters because that makes the labels easier for my wife and I to read then the original labeling on the remote.

I've got these remotes so individualized that I can't imagine doing without relabeling...and if I tried to, it would never pass the critical friends/babysitter test (I think you should be able to hand the remote to the babysitter as you are walking out and have her be able to easily operate all your equipment, even if you've got a complicated setup with video processors, a/v recievers, monitors, replayTVs, dvds, vcrs, etc that have to get switched to the appropriate state/input in order to use properly). As most people on this forum will attest to...macros are your best friends.

Alan
OP | Post 7 made on Friday February 7, 2003 at 07:54
Dave SC
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Thanks Alan. Sounds like a decent option. Did you have problems with the lables coming off? Are you constantly relabling?

Dave
Post 8 made on Friday February 7, 2003 at 11:31
asinsh
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I have used the labels for well over a year on two different 15-1994s (bedroom and den) that get a lot of use (including by small kids), and I have never re-labeled -- not even once. The p-touch labels stick really well on the 15-1994/2116 surface.

Alan


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