Use Your Home Printer to Restyle Your A/C Controls

Use Your Home Printer to Restyle Your A/C Controls

Sonia Zjawinski
Jun 28, 2010

When his Kenmore A/C broke down, Flickr user, BlackFeathers, forked over $100 for a Goldstar chiller. Unfortunately he didn't quite like his new purchase, so he decided to import what he liked from his old A/C -- display, circuit board, and front face bezel -- to the new Goldstar. He then updated the display unit's buttons with the help of Flash, Illustrator, and his ink jet printer.

Wanting to keep the large display of his previous A/C's control panel, but looking to update the bland and boring buttons with a more high-tech interface, BlackFeathers got to work creating a transparency that would skin his buttons, but still allow the infrared receiver for the remote control to work.

BlackFeathers took out his old control box and scanned a 1:1 image as a template. He designed the buttons in Adobe Flash, and then matched them up with the 1:1 scan in Illustrator. He printed a test image on a section of transparency, which allowed him to double check button layout and placement. With an approved template he then printed a full resolution, which he then cut and adhered, ink side down/shiny side up, over the controls.

Thanks so much for sharing BlackFeathers!

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