|KBD faceplate protection: bringing back an old issue.|
Message #1 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 27 June 2003, 11:50 a.m.
some months ago there was a thread about keyboard faceplate protection against scratches. Many solutions were pointed out, and one of the suggestions was creating transparent, self-adhesive, rugged faceplates like the ones found in the HP41 and all clamshells. Well, now I see that the HP71 kbd faceplate also has the same type of protective cover, and the HP97 has none.
I tried to "cover" an old HP11C's faceplate and I did not achieve reasonable, acceptable results. And the worst part is that there is no way coming back: if I try to remove the self adherent plastic cover I used, I'll remove part of the surface printing. I'll have to keep it.
I wonder if that sort of rugged, transparent cover used in the HP41, clamshells and the HP71 (anyone else?) is available in some form, in small, large or custom sized pieces. I saw acetate sheets used as spare cover in custom spiral-bound documents that look a lot like the one used in these keyboards, but it is not self adherent. Adhesive to be used in these cases must also be specific for painted surfaces in a ways it will not react with ink and melt it or dissolve it or fade it out.
Is there any interest on this sort of subject yet? I know it is not exactly what collectors have in mind, mostly those interested on keeping collected pieces exactly the way they live production line, but those who use their calculators somehow (I included) would like being sure their faceplates will not be smeared or scratched.
Luiz C. Vieira - Brazil
P.S. - After the first two days of switching it on and off, just to see it "breathing", I began reading the HP71B's documentation. a few days ago in my spare time. Anyway, I cannot help myself not looking at it sometimes, as if it I'm expecting it to vanish and I'd find out it's a mirage. And it looks better "in person" than in the photos. If you like Voyagers' design, the HP71B must be checked out. Thanksalot, Doc!