|How do I glue the back label of an HP-16C back on? (or of most Voyagers, for that matter)|
Message #1 Posted by Philippe Lasnier on 18 Feb 2009, 5:10 p.m.
I have an HP-16C which had its back metallic label/plate damaged and amateurishly repaired (before I got it).
I managed to remove the plate (with lots of patience, Un-Du, and some string), but I will need to put it back at some point.
I need to know what's a good glue or double-sided tape to use...
I am reasonably sure that this information must be somewhere on this forum already, but I can't find it. I ask for your indulgence, I'm probably not searching the right way...
I got the HP-16C a while back. The metal plate looked like it had been impacted off-centre, which had managed to lift off the bottom-right section of it. The previous owner apparently super-glued it back on (two "corners", one on either side of the rubber foot), but the plate was now slightly buckled of course. The end result, after many years, was one corner unglued, the other corner (by the contact spring) still holding, and both corners having had the black paint rubbed off from friction (there is so little clearance with these rubber feet).
What I managed to do was remove the plate, with minimal creasing (not easy!), and not lose the minute contact springs.
However, the old glue is effectively wasted.
The plate was held in place by what looks like pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) double-sided tape. The tape itself is actually very thin, and I'm pretty sure that standard double-side adhesive tape uses a far thicker medium.
The problem now (after I manage to roll the plate 100% flat again) is to glue the plate back on properly. The old tape is damaged somewhat (both from old, and from my "work") so it would be best to replace it completely. Hence my original questions...
Thanks in advance for all your help.