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When my wife and I bought our house, this stove came with it. It is a Magic Chef model # 3187VRV and by my estimate its about 20+ years old. The knobs all worked fine, but all of the numbers were worn off.

I found some websites that sold replacement bezels but only for the burners, the oven temperature knob was sold out everywhere I looked. I could use the burners without knowing the settings, but the oven was another story.

I had to find a way to number the oven and I wanted the burner knobs to match. The replacements all looked bright white and would really stand out next to the old, yellowed plastic of the knobs and the other bezels. My solution was to make my own sticker labels to cover the old bezels.
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Step 1: Acquire template images

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If the part you are looking for has a flat area where the letters are printed, you can probably just relabel your existing piece.

There are a number of websites that sell appliance parts online. They all seem to use the same images to show their stock. If you can find images of the exact item you need, right click on it and save it to your computer.

The grid in the background is very helpful. Somewhere on the image it usually tells you the scale (ex. Squares are 1" x 1"). Estimate the length and width of the image and resize it in a photo editor using inches as the units instead of pixels. Convert the image to grayscale and adjust the brightness and contrast all the way up. You want the white parts of the image to be completely white while the black parts are still sharp and completely black. Crop the images down to just what you need to print.

Print these new images on a laser printer. Inkjet printers will not work.

Step 2: Cutting

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Items needed for these steps:
Clear Packing tape
Hobby Knife
Cutting board

Cut up the printout. Remove anything but the numbers, symbols and letters. Any shadowing from the form of the knob should be cut out.
mouserblue5 years ago
Awesome instructable. I had never heard about that trick with the hot water and tape... i wish i had known this sooner. THANKS -MR
dacker6 years ago
Hmmm, I wonder if printing directly onto transparency material and taping a transparency 'ring' to the stove would have given better results than transferring the toner to tape? If so, by printing the graphic onto the transparency in reverse (mirrored), the toner would be on the 'back', keeping the toner as far away from fingers as possible.
ProfMuggs (author)  dacker6 years ago
The toner is on the back, stuck on the adhesive side. If you used thicker packing tape it would probably come out nicer. If you had the room to use the transparency and the tape that might work and you could eliminate the seem that I had. Maybe you could use some kind of spray adhesive on the back of the acetate to eliminate the tape. I like the tape because it was much simpler and I didn't have to finish the project.
Maybe use a transparency and glue it, rather than tape it? You wouldn't need the extra room and the effect would be the same if you used a clear drying glue. ~adamvan2000
owner16 years ago
this is going to save me some time and money I had the same predicament and am glad to find this solution Thanks Mr.
Thats a great idea..I have a stove that is missing the lettering off the oven temp dial..Im gonna give this a whirl..
moseph6 years ago
I think I've seen gin used to make transfers with laserjet printing (you print backwards, then place the paper on what you want to print and put gin on the back like applying temporary tattoo) I don't know if that would work on something like this though. Certainly a good method, but gin is always nice.
uguy6 years ago
Well done, thanks for sharing.
tdew6 years ago
Looks great! I'd probably just have used a sharpie and made do with that, but it wouldn't have looked as good. I'm thinking of other uses for this method.
dchall86 years ago
Pretty slick.