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Labelling the box

There are many ways to label the box. When youre done, dont forget to coat it with clear (scroll all the way down)

Decal paper

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Computer labels

We use a casio labellmaker in St. Louis.

For pedals with a light colored background, use black-on-clear label tape. For darker backgrounds, use white-on-clear or black-on-white. Note that any clear label tape will be slightly visible on darker backgrounds (that is, there will be a visible rectangle around each label).

  • Open up the .lyt file for the pedal model you need
  • You may need to add or edit some labels depending on the mods. The program is pretty self-explanitory.
  • When ready to print do exactly this:
    • select print from the menu
    • click OK
    • Turn the Casio Label Maker off (if it’s on) and then turn it on again.
    • Press “computer link” on the Casio.
    • Press “Set” on the Casio
    • Click “OK” on the computer
  • If it doesn’t go, make sure you followed the instructions exactly. Try checking to see if it’s plugged into the serial port. Try rebooting. Read the manual...
  • When the label is done printing, press down on the cutter on the labelmaker to cut the label strip neatly.
  • Use an exacto knife or scissors to cut each label out
  • Peel off the backside and stick them onto the pedal. Make sure they’re straight. Make sure the knob cover won’t cover the label (leave space between the hole and the label).
  • Don’t stick them to a curved part of the box! They’ll peel off unless the box is totally flat (even a tiny curvature will be problematic)
  • Press them all down firmly to get the air bubbles out. They should be dry immediately.


You can make stick-on labels by using a laser printer. Print out all the words on a piece of paper. Then stick clear tape (Scotch tape, or even packing tape works) over the printed area. Then run it through the printer again, printing the same document, so that it prints on top of the tape. Then quickly stick tape on top of the newly printed toner and press it down hard (use a book binding or a board). Peel back the top layer of tape and its now a sticker!

You must have a laser printer, inkjet doesnt work. You can use a copy machine, but dont let the Kinkos staff see you putting sticky tape into their machine!

Pros: easy.

Cons: tape isnt the most durable thing, it can peel over time. Requires a laser printer or copier.

Grassroots stickers

We’ve done this to put posters up on walls, etc: Write or print or type what you want onto paper. Dip the paper in a bowl of thick gooey flour and water (white flour or pastry flour is good, boil it if you can), or use white glue. Stick it onto the surface you’d like to decal, decorate, or propagandaize.

Pros: easy, cheap.

Cons: not durable.

Hand-labels Gel-pens work nicely. Fine point shapries are good too. Some types of paint will resist the ink and some kinds will accept it better. A coat of clear spraypaint (not baked) is usually good to write on. Arcylic or enamal paints work much better, but you need a steady hand and a tiny brush.

Coat with Clear

After labelling, let them dry if needed. Now apply several layers of clear-coat to the box. Let each coat dry the recommended time (read the instructions on the can of clear-coat) and possibly even bake between coats (see painting instructions for baking info). You can go up to 5 or 6 coats. More will make the paint more protected. You can sand lightly to make it less glossy, or use a matte finish clear coat.

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