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Painted the A/C guages.

Trying to get my interior to go with the blue/ red theme, to go with the guage over lays i recently put in.
So i painted the HVAC tonight. It took about 3 hours to do and was very easy. I just need to figure out how to change the color of the **** now, and the rest of the buttons.

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if anyone knows how to change the green on the ****, please let me no. The green is a plastic piece that slides out, but just painting it will not do the job.\

4x4 switch and gear selector is next.
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oh wow much nicer then i was expecting you where explaining good job erv now get a new bezel and DONT paint it this time lol...
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looks good dude!
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lol im workin on that bezel, but i cant find it.

my radio keeps falling out and scratching the paint on it, i need a new radio clip/holder thing.
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looks good, i wish i had that little *** on my bezel to switch to 4wd
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lol im workin on that bezel, but i cant find it.

my radio keeps falling out and scratching the paint on it, i need a new radio clip/holder thing.
i dont care dont paint the next one just leave it if you want it painted take it to the place that painted my truck for god sakes they will put like 5 coats of clear lol
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^^^lol ya, well c
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That looks really good!!! What kind of paint did you use?
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glass paint.
Just went to a local crafts shop and got it for like $2
came with like 8 colors.
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Thats sweet!! Just one coat?
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yup, you have to be very carefull to lay the paint even. If you have more paint on one side then the other then the side will be darker then the rest.
If you do it, make sure you are right under or buy a light. I keep holding mine up to the light ever 10 sec. while painting to make sure i layed the coat even and i didnt miss any spots.

very easy mod tho.
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Ya..knowin me id have 3 different colors of blue on there..Id like to try it though...look awesome!!
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Can it be done on the older model dashes? I want mine all white w/ red and blue
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if anyone knows how to change the green on the ****, please let me no. The green is a plastic piece that slides out, but just painting it will not do the job
Ah thank you! I'm supposed to mail out a set of ***** to someone and I forgot!

On some models (like my 2002) the clear plastic piece isn't actually green. It looks like it is sometimes even when it isn't. When I popped mine out, they were clear with a coating on the end which I removed. I then put a layer of green glass paint followed by a layer of white.

Also it should work on older dashes as well. Check out the how to on my Cardomain site here: http://www.cardomain.com/member_page...296394&page=24

I did my AC panel also, but since replaced it with the EATC. I don't know if I still even have a picture on there anymore of what I did with the heater panel.
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looks good Evan..

now quick question..that middle piece thats the piece that is green that makes the gauges look green...and the part that you painted...can you remove anythin else in there..

cuz i was plannin on laying down some translucient viynl like blue or somethin so the light would shine throught but what it looks like in the pic..it would be a PINA to lay it down there....
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looks good evan.
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glass paint.
Just went to a local crafts shop and got it for like $2
came with like 8 colors.
What colors? I want to do this mod since it's cheap.
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looks good Evan..

now quick question..that middle piece thats the piece that is green that makes the gauges look green...and the part that you painted...can you remove anythin else in there..

cuz i was plannin on laying down some translucient viynl like blue or somethin so the light would shine throught but what it looks like in the pic..it would be a PINA to lay it down there....
That would work fine and some guys have done just that. However, you need to cut a hole in the middle of your sheet to shine white light on the middle dial because that red/blue mandala pattern is painted on the face and not in the overlay.

You can use the original sheet as a template to cut your new sheet and change the whole setup with one piece of plastic and NO painting at all.
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awsome..im adding that to my list of stuff to do with weekend :)
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What colors? I want to do this mod since it's cheap.
There were many different color choices at the store.
They just put a random 8 colors together in a kit.
just make sure the kit has the colors you need.



thanks for all the comments guys.
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On some models (like my 2002) the clear plastic piece isn't actually green. It looks like it is sometimes even when it isn't. When I popped mine out, they were clear with a coating on the end which I removed. I then put a layer of green glass paint followed by a layer of white.

i poped it out and the whole piece was green. I should try and scratch it and maybe its just the outer layer. i donno, well c
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That looks pretty good Evan, nice work.
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i took mine out tonight...now i gotta figure out somethin..i dont wanna paint em..but i wanna cover in viynl..but i need the center clear and the ends blue..but what could i use for that little cover..ill make my own but dunno what material to use
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There's a couple of things.

Theatrical lighting "gels" -- colored sheets of clear material.

But also, you can use tinted "report covers". They have this little binder-thingies in office stores you can get with transparent plastic covers in various shades. That plastic is perfect for this kind of thing if you can find it.

If you go into a hobby store, you should be able to find some transparent, tinted sheets of some sort also.

The originator of this mod, $tone02, used brake light tape to tint his dash originally. I found the glass paint and used that instead because it gave me more shades. There is yellow and red brake light tape -- I don't know if there's any blue tape like that or whatever.
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looks good Evan. That makes me want to start on mine.

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