Acrylic Template

Print out the faceplate template onto paper and cut out the shape using scissors or a hobby knife. This paper template cutout is used to reference the correct size of the faceplates.

Scoring Paper Backing on Acrylic

I started by scoring the paper backing using an xacto knife. I used a metal ruler on a cutting mat and made sure to be extra careful.

Scoring Acrylic

To cut the acrylic I used a scoring tool that’s specifically made cutting acrylic. I made sure to score several times before snapping off the pieces. 

Snap Acrylic Piece

Once I was about half-way through, I put it near the edge of the table and snapped off the piece. I repeated this process for a so I could make a few different designs.

Vinyl Decals

I used a vinyl cutter with some matte black vinyl to create the signs. I found the matte black vinyl works the best for masking out the LEDs. Use our SVG file for creating similar decals or create your own.

Vinyl Transfer Tape

I cut pieces of transfer tape to size and carefully placed them over the vinyl. Use a standard grip tape meant for vinyl. 

Apply Transfer Tape

Using a squeegee, I started from the center and worked my way outwards so I could knock out any air bubbles.

Remove Transfer Tape

Start from the corners and begin to peel the tape off. I tend to peel slowly especially for intricate designs with small pieces.

Apply Vinyl to Faceplate

I made sure to wipe the acrylic clean with a bit of alcohol before sticking it to the faceplate. Place the vinyl onto the faceplate starting with the center and working your way outwards. Using the squeegee once again to knock out those pesky air bubbles.

Remove Tape from Faceplate

Then I proceeded to peel off the transfer tape and lastly removed the protective paper backing.

This guide was first published on Sep 01, 2020. It was last updated on Sep 01, 2020.
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