Faced with the problem of no lettering left on the stainless fascia on a dishwasher, I thought it would be a simple job of getting a replacement facsia. I contacted the manufacturer’s spare parts dealership and was told that there was no replacement available as the dishwasher model was discontinued.Decals were not available as the fascias were screen printed.
The machine was at the stage where anyone not used to the machine would not know how to operate it, not even turning it on or off, or what the warning lights were for, without getting out the instruction manual. Not very convenient!
My first step was to clean off what was remaining of the lettering, including where a tenant had at some stage written with black marker. I use a very fine steel wool and a metal polish and carefully cleaned off all traces of polish with spirit.
I then searched on EBay for some type of lettering system and found Letraset rub-on lettering in a suitable font and size. The size was slightly larger than the original, which made the lettering easier to read.
The most difficult part of applying the lettering was getting the spacing correct, but only wasted a few of the letters, which are easily removed with a wooden spatula (supplied). It was just a matter of using the dishwasher manual to get the correct lettering and position.
To finish off the lettering, I downloaded the manufacturer’s logo, printed it on self-adhesive transparency, peeled it off and placed it in the correct position.
I then gave the whole fascia a number of coats of matt finish clear spray lacquer and the job was done. A big improvement for minimal cost and a bit of time.