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Offline thenoizeguy

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Missing toggle switches ?
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:06:33 PM »
If you are missing a press on toggle switch on your old Pioneer, Kenwood etc, you can make a new one quite easily.
Get a pack of DAS clay from CNA or art shop and a packet of Interfix 1001 plastic from builders.
Take an existing toggle and use to make a mould in the clay.
Melt the plastic as per instructions on the pack and pour into the hardened clay mould ( I used a heat gun to get the plastic really soft )
Before the plastic hardens, make a slot in the back for the toggle to mount on the switch. I used a piece from a quarter inch jack ( where you solder the neg )
This also helps to pull it out the mould.
The plastic can be trimmed and shaped afterwards so don't worry about overfilling the mould.
I used Sprayon fine silver which looks very similar to brushed aluminium when dry.
This is a cheap fix and it's hard to tell the difference from the original....might even work for knobs too.
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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2013, 08:49:08 AM »
Tax for tip T..,
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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 08:00:22 PM »
Excellent, i'm going to try this. How much is the plastic stuff?
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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2013, 12:24:29 AM »
Wish I can get identical rubber grips for my treble and balance.
Recapping of vintage equipment isn't restoration. By definition, restoration means returning to it's original condition.

Oh, what difficult hobby this is. When you hear something new you'll find yourself swapping out or upgrading kit.

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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2013, 04:51:38 PM »
Sorry for the late reply......soaking up some sun in warmer climates...the plastic was R40/ sachet at Builders fourways...should be the same everywhere. One sachet gives you about a "golf ball" of plastic..good luck
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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2013, 11:48:03 AM »

The power switch is made from the interfix plastic. I sprayed it with Aerolak ( fine silver ) seems to be the closest match to brushed aluminium.
Not perfect for first effort but better than nothing.
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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2013, 05:32:16 PM »
Topic 'Stuck' before it gets swallowed up.


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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2013, 05:47:07 PM »
awesome. I have a Sony 1120 with a missing toggle switch :thumbs:
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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2013, 04:39:39 PM »
Brilliant - tx
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Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2013, 05:07:42 PM »
What is that intermix plastic?
Is it made to be melted into moulds?
First I have heard of it, what is it typically used for?
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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2013, 05:27:44 PM »
This is very clever! Thank you for the share.
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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2013, 07:36:44 PM »
What is that intermix plastic?
Is it made to be melted into moulds?
First I have heard of it, what is it typically used for?

From their website:  http://www.interfix.co.za/1001-Plastic/Interfix-1001-Plastic/eny_fly_default.tpl.html

Interfix 1001 Plastic
Interfix 1001 Plastic contains plastic granules that melt when put into hot water. 1001 Plastic can then be moulded into any shape. 1001 Plastic indeed has 1001 uses!

Price per Unit (piece): R25.00



Product Description:

Interfix 1001 Plastic contains plastic granules that melt when put into hot water. 1001 Plastic can then be moulded into any shape. 1001 Plastic indeed has 1001 uses! Some Examples of 1001 Plastic uses: Pool Parts, Moulds, Fill that gap in your Dentures, Knitting Needle ends, Gear Levers, etc.

Have ordered some to give it a try.

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Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2013, 08:22:37 PM »
Very handy stuff and not overly expensive.
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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2014, 08:03:37 PM »
Fill that gap in your Dentures? Wow!  :nutter:

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Re: Missing toggle switches ?
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2014, 05:54:08 PM »
Fill that gap in your Dentures? Wow!  :nutter:
hell, make a complete set, brilliant find.