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From: Lompoc CA
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posted 02-06-2019 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for woodg2   Click Here to Email woodg2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have experience having lucite displays signed? If so, what type of ink is best? Sharpie or something else?

I have a Skylab lucite that once belonged to Pete Conrad and am debating about possibly having it signed by another Skylab astronaut. I’m concerned about how the ink might hold up and also whether or not it would lose its appeal if it was owned by one astronaut but signed by another.


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posted 02-06-2019 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had David Scott and Al Worden sign my LRV lucite in silver paint pen because it seemed the least likely to degrade over time. However, I'm very careful with it because it would not surprise me at all if the paint doesn't adhere as well as it does on, for example, paper.

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posted 02-06-2019 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You could avoid any chance of marring the original lucite by fabricating a modular (removable) stand for the acrylic display. You could then have the mount signed however you desire.


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posted 02-12-2019 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chuckster01   Click Here to Email Chuckster01     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can attest to Sharpie pens being very fragile on Lucite. I have John Young's STS-1 flown heat shield award and he signed the back but just from sitting in my display case and the minor movement it gets it still has signs of wear.

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