I am in the process of dissembling a blender to understand how this silver deadfront of the UI icons is executed on a production painting line. These letters are crisp, with no visible edges to the naked eye that would show there was a masked tape that was applied prior to painting. I have some thoughts around washable masking or UV masking, but, nothing that would seem to work well for a high volume production line. Any insights would be great!
The pictures posted show some of the teardown I have completed to help. The silver paint is on the exterior can be scraped off easily with an x-acto blade and the interior black can also be scraped off easily, including the darker black area where the icons/numbers are.
This is what I have determined is the process so far:
- - Shell is molded in clear resin
- - A mask of the icons/numbers is placed on the inside?
- - Interior is painted black (coat #1)
- - Another mask is applied outside of the icons/numbers and then the inside is painted again black...thus, why this area seems so dark?
- - Exterior "ZWILLING" masking is applied?
- - Exterior is painted silver