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Old 06-05-2012, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So i thought i would do my own little writeup on this....

For starters, here are the basic items that you will need...
-Paint
-Painters Tape
-Screw drivers
-Lacquer thinner
-Paper towels


Make sure you tape EVERYTHING up, ensuring that you get close to the needles.



I used the paper towels to cover the needles that stuck out on the speedo and tach.



I gave them 2 good coats



Here is the finished product

Before..


After......



LESSON LEARNED!!!!
make sure you cover the back of the gauges, i had overspray.

ENJOY!
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How do they look at night?
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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they look fine. kinda dark but not bad. I'll have to take a shot of them
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ORANGE 1oz Needle Paint for instrument cluster gauges | eBay i bet this would do better at night but great info man i was wondering how people painted the needles tapping never crossed my mind lol
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i did mine with a sharpie marker and it looks great.

props on the paint DIY though, nice to see another way to do it
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sharpie awesome idea there kinda semi transparent
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Edited: put night shot on first post
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I used krylon orange flourescent. it came out good. at night they come out a lil
dark but uv leds will fix that
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Has anyone took off the little blue bulb covers that are on bulbs that screw into the back?
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I took it off. couldnt really notice a difference but i also channged to leds then so i wasnt payin to much attention
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did you go to plug and play LEDs or just wire up something?
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I got em from superbrightleds.com they were 99cents. im not sure what size they were. they just pop into the sockets. i got blue and the kinda suck but then again they were the cheap ones
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ive done the sharpie trick in the past aswell. works pretty good
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So i had the cluster back apard because my speedo was not working and i replaced it with another one. While i had it apart i figured i would see what i could do to brighten it up some. So i took all of the blue covers off of the bulbs that are in the back of the cluster and i also took the light cover off that is along the top on the inside......

I just took it off with a box cutter, so i would not damage it unless i had to.


So here is what it looks like now. I like!

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i dont like how now it also light up the back area but its a nice mod i thinkn abt dong this to mine
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yea, it looks better in person. The photo is not very good. On the + side i can dim them though.
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