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Old 12-02-2015
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I am: Tyler
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Custom Gauge Faces

Hi all.

I was thinking about installing high output LED light bulbs in my dash, but I figured while I was in there I could customize the gauges themselves. I've heard there is a way to actually PAINT the clear parts that make up the "dials". For example, I would like to paint a redline on my tachometer, maybe in the realm of 5500 rpm? I;ve heard you carefully scrape away some kind of film on the back of the face and then lay down a special clear paint? Am I correct on this? And if so, can I get pointers?

Also I need to know what steps to take to disassemble the dash.

How many light bulbs fit in the back of the cluster and what color should I use? Can I target certain areas certain colors? Like speedo/tach = green, volt/temp/oil/fuel = blue?
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Old 12-03-2015
I am: Matt Newman
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I have LEDs in my cluster. Love them.

I've heard of people using different colored bulbs to change the illumination color. In that case I believe you have to lightly sand off the tint on the back side of cluster.

I don't recall the exact number of lights but there would be bleed through of color between gauges. I think you'd have to sand the tint off and re-tint each section the color you wanted and use white bulbs. There was recently a thread on the Facebook group about this very subject.

I would go to youtube and look for the process to remove the cluster. I think it took me about 30 minutes to get it out. This was a few years ago so I don't remember all the steps. Post up what you end up doing.
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