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 Post subject: gluing labels to metal cabinets
PostPosted: May Sat 19, 2018 1:55 pm 
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I just finished restoring a Hallicrafters T-54 television. The cabinet, which is the
same design as their SX-62 radio, needs to be repainted, on the outside only.

The paper tube location label crumbled and was reproduced using Photoshop and
a laser printer.

I've had bad luck in the past gluing these things to metal or plastic. They turn yellow
much worse that the same paper loose, over the same time. The double sided tapes
I've tried have the same problem. Yet I see old paper labels on 1925 metal coffin
Atwater-Kents that look just fine, same as the paper of that era stored loose.

What glue to use?


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 Post subject: Re: gluing labels to metal cabinets
PostPosted: May Sat 19, 2018 2:14 pm 
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maybe Mucilage or Fish glue?


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 Post subject: Re: gluing labels to metal cabinets
PostPosted: May Sun 20, 2018 12:37 am 
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I don't know how well it ages but I have used glue sticks. They seem to stick better to metal than paper.

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 Post subject: Re: gluing labels to metal cabinets
PostPosted: May Sun 20, 2018 1:07 am 
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My go-to is Scotch 77 contact spray adhesive with laser printed labels. I have some reproduction advertising signs I made 18 years ago and they are still firmly attached to acid free chipboard... The good thing I've found is that, say, you screw up and position it wrong or there is a wrinkle. Well you can brush plain odorless mineral spirits around the edges of the label and within seconds it will lift off. The mineral spirits just cause the contact adhesive to swell up and loose its stickiness so the surface can be cleaned with a gauze pad and more spirits... Mineral spirits will not harm properly dried lacquer or shellac. I've even cleaned the back of the label with spirits, let it dry completely over night and reapplied the Scotch 77 for another go at it... Just make sure your label does not have any curl at all in it. For some days it might want to lift.

Robert


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 Post subject: Re: gluing labels to metal cabinets
PostPosted: May Sun 20, 2018 4:02 am 
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Robert Lozier wrote:
My go-to is Scotch 77 contact spray .....

Robert


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 Post subject: Re: gluing labels to metal cabinets
PostPosted: May Mon 21, 2018 3:37 pm 
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Among others its the Scotch spray adhesive that caused the problem with the labels on
my mineral collect bases, over the decades. "Loose" labels from the same time
frame just sitting on the same type bases or on the rocks are still fine.


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