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 Post subject: putting an image in the side window("etching")
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 3:51 pm 
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Well its acctually sandbalsting, I was just wondering if any one has had a custom image eched or sand blasted into thier side window?

If so please tell me what you had done and how much it costed?(just curiuos)


EDIT: I posted my pic a few posts below!


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you can draw the outine and then use sand paper to do the image. I did mine with a dremal and it looks like crap.


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thats a really good idea, i work at a glass company so i had mine sandblasted for cheap.


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FrozenCPU used to offer custom Appliques for $10, or the wicked Laser Etching for $30 (looks 3D), but don't see them offered any more. Write 'em.

The appliques don't look that bad really. My old Chieftec wears one and I'm fine with that...

On the sandblasting plexiglass, use 200/400 stuff that's pretty hard. The stone cutting media is perfect. Glass bead and walnut shell media won't do it well enough. You'll get the picture, but not etched enough for a good effect.

Spot sandblasters would be awesome. I've used other's spotblasters and they were pretty cool. All I ever had was the normal messy type that I had to do far away from the shop. I used to do this on my dad's buddie's rods when I was younger, but we quickly figured out to NOT do it anywhere you may ever dream of painting.

You basically put some sort of resist down. Good masking will do fait, but not well. I ended up using some resist I found from Eastwood (can't find it on their site anymore). It was just like the stuff over new plexyglass. You cut out the design, then blast it real good. But that's not the end. Peel off the resist and hit it with finer media to knock down the edges a bit. Otherwise, the lines will be too sharp. Plexyglass may not like this and may not be like glass, but following all this up with a good plastic polish like Novus2 and it should be quite nice looking.


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you basically put some sort of resist down. Good masking will do fait, but not well. I ended up using some resist I found from Eastwood (can't find it on their site anymore). It was just like the stuff over new plexyglass. You cut out the design, then blast it real good. But that's not the end. Peel off the resist

thats what i did, only at the glass company we have a plotter(cuts the resist) and we can send images to it it cut
i used the same sand that we use for glass it looks awesome

i remember seeing those on frozen cpu a long time ago, but what im wondering is what people pay to have a custom image put on, i found(well OCNoob found it) a cool skull image online and i enlarged it and ploted it and blasted it. ill post a pic soon


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thats what i did, only at the glass company we have a plotter(cuts the resist) and we can send images to it it cut
i used the same sand that we use for glass it looks awesome

i remember seeing those on frozen cpu a long time ago, but what im wondering is what people pay to have a custom image put on, i found(well OCNoob found it) a cool skull image online and i enlarged it and ploted it and blasted it. ill post a pic soon


Call a sign company and get an estimate.

Look online for premade ones and double (or more) the price for custom.

I'd pay 50 bucks - but I am cheap.

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Image it may look a little funny because i still have the protective plastic sheet on the front(i blasted the back)


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hey thats a super lanboy window!


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hey thats a super lanboy window!

yes it is! good call


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hey thats a super lanboy window!


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Radek194 wrote:
hey thats a super lanboy window!


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i agreed so instead of writing it myslef i just quoted u


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sflshooter wrote:
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w00t! Nice!


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 Post subject: Re: putting an image in the side window("etching")
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sflshooter wrote:
Well its acctually sandbalsting, I was just wondering if any one has had a custom image eched or sand blasted into thier side window?

If so please tell me what you had done and how much it costed?(just curiuos)


EDIT: I posted my pic a few posts below!


I use to do this for a living.

What are you using for "resist" (the protected parts).???

Have you decided on blasting vs eching yet? That is a decision critical on how deep you want to go.


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Uhh.. Spidey, you're a little late...


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I use to do this for a living.

What are you using for "resist" (the protected parts).???

Have you decided on blasting vs eching yet? That is a decision critical on how deep you want to go.


i work at a glass company so i used what ever my boss buys(buys it by the roll in different widths up to 48")

i DID do the blasting as you can see in the pic above(the one with the skull)

i did not go very deep, i also decide to blast the back side so on the outside of the computer it will be smooth


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Uhh.. Spidey, you're a little late...


Oh was that the finished product? I thought that was the masking and not the blasting. Dammit. lol


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sflshooter wrote:

i work at a glass company so i used what ever my boss buys(buys it by the roll in different widths up to 48")

i DID do the blasting as you can see in the pic above(the one with the skull)

i did not go very deep, i also decide to blast the back side so on the outside of the computer it will be smooth


Sweet! Yea, I thought your last picture as of it masked off. I would have suggesting hitting the engraved area with some sort of paint (depending on your theme).

Looks good though now that I know what I am looking at! What size grit do you guys use in your sand blaster?

How thick is that glass? I remember getting about 8 layers of depth out of 3/4 inch thick glass back in old days. Took months though. lol :)


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i did not go very deep, i also decide to blast the back side so on the outside of the computer it will be smooth


Oh, and out of curiosity.....

What program does your company use for the designs pre-Plotter cutter?


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