I need to make up a few instrument panels and the simplest way to get text on them (and make it look nice!) seems to be screen printing. I have a screen print kit but have never used it on aluminum. I have heard that Al doesn't take paint well but I seem to remember that if you spray the panel with adhesive, let it dry and then print acrylic on that, it holds up very well. I don't remember where I read this, but I'm sure that someone here has done something similar at some point.
I can easily test this, but I'm worried about it flaking off a few months later.
The alternative is to laser print on a transparency (back side) and then glue the transparency to the aluminum. Office Max type transparency is too glossy (looks cheap), and I don't want to spend $$$ on polycarbonate film only for 1 or 2 panels - the prices I've seen for a roll would be half as much as I'm charging for the entire project!
Any help would be welcome!