Reuse Console Button Caps

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Tech Tips, Sep 2009

The routine grind

Clear the old label

Here's a simple re-use tip for the plastic buttons on legacy audio equipment like the old Pacific Recorders consoles: Many of these were originally ordered with custom engraved legends on the OFF buttons. And because most of us no longer use much of the equipment referred to on those buttons we have stuck everything from Dymo and P-Touch labels to masking tape over them as new things were connected. It is very simple to remove the old legends using a Dremel tool with the 409 cut off wheel. This allows the colored plastic to remain intact. A new legend can be put on with a clear P-Touch label or using clear plastic transfers on a laser printer.

Landry is an audio maintenance engineer at CBS Radio/Westwood One, New York.

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