Do you have decades of faceplate abuse on the avionics items in your panel?
If so, here's an example of what can be
accomplished to spiff things up. This facelift is courtesy of
Aircraft Engravers, an
excellent source that I have used for some of my panel placards and a Beech
Lister recently used them to refurbish his Century III auto pilot selector face
See all of Wayne's avionics faceplates
Before Faceplate Facelift:
Here is the same faceplate after
faceplate is installed:
The replacement faceplate is a
pressure sensitive adhesive "appliqué" that is printed to match the original
graphics and is applied over the face of the instrument. Some sanding of the old
black paint is required before application of the appliqué.
Here is more of
work on a Bonanza fuel selector faceplate.
Here is the project on my Century
III. I am thrilled with how easy this was to accomplish and the great looking
results, but I'm a little biased. Judge for yourself and if you're as impressed
as I am, get cracking to spiff up your old faceplates!
The top picture shows the
original faceplate and the Aircraft Engravers pieces below.
This is the original faceplate
after complete sanding with 220 grit sandpaper on the face.
This is the template placed into
position on the original faceplate. Precision in placement is key. Getting exact
alignment to the edges is optimum. The Aircraft Engravers template I received
was an exact dimensional match from what I could see.
Here is the "face lifted" console
plate in position. I placed ROLL/HDG/ALT/PITCH placards on my buttons because
the top graphics are obscured by my radio overhang.
Here is the "facelifted" console
with backlit illumination
Here is what B55 owner, Brad H.
accomplished on his Century IV Flight Director console faceplate at a TROPHY
SHOP! WOW, look what $10 got him! CSOB kudos to Brad for his tenacious sleuthing
and spiff up of his panel graphics.
By using a translucent white back
with pressure sensitive adhesive backing and a black face the trophy shop was
able to give Brad an excellent replacement piece that would allow light to come
through the graphics of the mode selected.
produced my "Alt Out", "Radar Altimeter" and Gear and Flap Speed placards for my
panel. I was very pleased with the service, quality and price.
See Aircraft Engravers' complete
Need KX155/KX165 Faceplate
Tip from Dallas CSOB Ken R., if you
are spiffing up your KX series Nav/Coms, tape over the black face paint and then
use some nail files to buff up the exposed/raised metal trim edges.
Here's another great source for
faceplate and electroluminescent panel refurbishment and repair.
Air Capitol Dial
Beech Lister Eric T., reports a
great service experience and pricing that was a savings over his RAPID quote:.
CSOB Warning: They are really,
really proud of their work!