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Resurfacing Paulson hotstamps/starbursts

Discussion in 'Poker Chip Labeling' started by Gear-X, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Gear-X

    Gear-X Well-Known Member
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    After months of sourcing, testing, and tweaking, I've arrived at an excellent method of resurfacing hotstamped Paulson chips for the purpose of labelling them with laminated vinyl.

    I'm using a drill press and a flat-bottomed router bit (7/8" diameter) which does a great job of removing the hotstamp and recessing the inlay in one step.

    Here are some before-and-after shots:

    Chip resurfacing black CDS before.JPG Chip resurfacing black CDS after.JPG

    Chip resurfacing green spotted starburst before.JPG Chip resurfacing green spotted starburst after.JPG

    Chip resurfacing gold roulette C before'.JPG Chip resurfacing gold roulette C after.JPG

    Chip resurfacing green starburst before.JPG Chip resurfacing green starburst after.JPG

    This method and size is optimized for Paulson top hat & cane chips, SCV or LCV. (Note that RHC chips have a larger inlay.)

    The inlay area of such a chip is 15/16" but the actual inlay is 7/8" -- take a look at one of your chips, you'll see what I mean.

    Unfortunately I don't have any final labels yet, but I have some samples of PGI's textured laminated vinyl (courtesy of Racer96, thanks Mike!) As you can seen in the pictures below, they are the wrong diameter, but the point of the pictures is the thickness. You can see that the inset is such that labelling a Paulson hotstamp with a nice laminated label is now possible, without stacking issues.

    Chip resurfacing gap 4.JPG Chip resurfacing gap 3.JPG Chip resurfacing gap 2.JPG

    Adding a 7/8" inlay to a (formerly) hotstamped chip looks great! I pulled the inlay from an old Outpost chip as an example. The edges don't look right because this is just sitting on the chip, no adhesive holding it down and the old inlay has paper stuck to the back. I wouldn't recommend doing this anyway since the whole point is to add your own custom labels to chips! :wink:
    labels 004.JPG labels 005.JPG

    Next step - ordering labels. Stay tuned!

    :happy:
     
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  2. Skinnysloth

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    Can't wait to see the finished product. After setting up the drill press, how long does it take to drill a chip?
     
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  3. Gear-X

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    It's pretty fast, which was one of my goals for this project. I'd say about 10-12 seconds per side.
     
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  4. abby99

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    Part of me cringed, but another part of me said "Wow! Cool! Custom Paulsons!"

    Can't wait to see more.
     
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    hey gear you have been busy!!...can you measure what the total center thickness left after this process? do you think it may be too thin to re-hotstamp, i can see alot of custom labels being ordered after this post..nice work
     
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    I'm not sure about re-hotstamping, I don't have much experience in that area. I suspect it wouldn't be too thin to stamp, but I'm not sure how the inset would affect the hot-stampability.

    I don't have the right kind of caliper to measure the thickness, unfortunately, but it's very similar to an inlaid chip with the inlays removed. Does that help? :happy:
     
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    I know, me too :embarras: but the latter won out over the former.
     
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    Great work cant wait to see the final product
     
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    that will work for 100% :)
     
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    Starburst killah...:shocked: But a nice method! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Thanks for sharing this. Following with great interest.
     
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    WOW !!! I'm the Re-labeller of the Paulson's and will have to consider this. Depends on cast of the drill.

    All my Paulson's have non-laminated Labels.

    Thanks for sharing...
     
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    very interesting, mixed emotions, but interesting
     
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    Link to flat bottom 7/8" router bit please. :cigar:
     
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    yes, but it will revive many an old chip to new life;
    especially those hefty no-recess leaded startbursts :)
     
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    Gear, would you mind telling us where you bought the bit and/or maybe the brand name of it? Thanks.
     
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    I've got a labeling project on the way. I'm planning to build a jig on my router table and do something similiar to this. I'd also like to know where I can get that 7/8" bit.
     
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    You don't need anything that fancy. Just Google for a 7/8" bottom-cleaning router bit, aka milling or double-fluted end mill. I haven't posted my specific source because (A) it wasn't anything special after all, and (B) you can't blame me if/when it doesn't work for you.
     
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    I'm also interested to see the final project. They look great so far.
     
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