Intro: Using White Silicone Caulk to Dress-up a Key Fob
Someone wanted a keyfob for a van made out of black acrylic. There are two vans. One is called Mellon, the other Dominion after the companies that donated them.
Step 1: Realize That Your First Attempt Was "less Than Optimal"
The whole point of the keyfob is to be able to quickly read it while it is hanging on a wall so that you can grab the right set of keys to the correct van.
If you look at the two lower fobs, this was not going to happen.
I realized that something had to change. I had already done all of the laser work -- in the same manner as this key fob -- so I had two choices -- I could throw it all away, or I could take a chance and run to the Home Depot and get something white to jazz it up.
Step 2: The Answer: GE While Silicone Caulk !
I bought a tube of shower tile caulk and applied it so that it filled all of the cavities.
I then took the gray burnisher that is used for vinyl sign making and used it as a squeegee. That only halfway worked. It was now smeared and I had to try to get the residue off without melting the acrylic or scratching it.
I tried mineral spirits and it worked like a charm. The secret is to use an old T-shirt that will not damage the plastic.
The words stand out extremely well using the black / white. It was so successful, they wanted another 10 done that way.
Lemonade from lemons! I made it at Tech Shop!