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painting silver rings on 04 + cluster

Hey Yall,

I have an extra 2004 cluster and I want to paint the black rings around the guages silver like the FX4 Level II cluster and the STX cluster.
Is there anyone here that has ever done this before? If so, what kind of paint did you use?
(I might have someone do this for me, so if you're pretty skilled at painting send me a PM.)

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Brian

PS Please post some pics if you have any.
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me and tys 4x4 FTW i think are the only ones that have done it. Ty did the FX4 silver and i did more of a graphite
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best picture i have of mine. i just used some regular old rustolium
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me and tys 4x4 FTW i think are the only ones that have done it. Ty did the FX4 silver and i did more of a graphite
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best picture i have of mine. i just used some regular old rustolium
FMD from Buffalo did it to his as well
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ahh thanks trent, im sure there is more people that have done it.
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yep i have done it as well. although i sold the one i painted and kept the actual fx4 silver rings on my truck.

I just used the silver duplicolor paint that matches my paint code. i had some lying around.

just taped it all off (this took the longest) then sanded everything down and painted then cleared. which probably wasn't necessary. but i did it anyways. lol
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yep i have done it as well. although i sold the one i painted and kept the actual fx4 silver rings on my truck.

I just used the silver duplicolor paint that matches my paint code. i had some lying around.

just taped it all off (this took the longest) then sanded everything down and painted then cleared. which probably wasn't necessary. but i did it anyways. lol
Yeah, I remember you painting yours, and you did a great job on it.
Does the Duplicolor come in cans or is it just the touch up paint?
I rememember you also used something to prep the rings so the paint would adhere to the surface better. What is that stuff called?

Btw ... The guy that bought your whole cluster, was he able to use it in his truck? I wasn't able to sell mine on here because a lot of people said the 04 + cluster won't work in another Ranger.
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I did the same a couple of years ago. Taped everything up and sprayed with DupliColor silver.
Looks great.
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What's that stuff called that you use so the paint will adhere to plastic surfaces better?
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Adhesion promoter. Should be near the specialty paints. (Paint for plastics, fabric/vinyl, and wheel paints.)
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yep adhesion promoter. and im not sure if he was able to use it or not. i think he was modding the cluster if i remember correctly. LED's and what not.

you can run it in a different ranger but i believe you need to have it flashed at a dealership or some **** like that.
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Adhesion promoter. Should be near the specialty paints. (Paint for plastics, fabric/vinyl, and wheel paints.)
Thanks ... I hope this stuff works
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yep adhesion promoter. and im not sure if he was able to use it or not. i think he was modding the cluster if i remember correctly. LED's and what not.

you can run it in a different ranger but i believe you need to have it flashed at a dealership or some **** like that.
Thanks for getting back with me on this Ty
(I wish someone would buy my 2004-2004 cluster for modding)
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I finished painting the rings today and I really like the new look.
Here's the results
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Looks good. I see a little paint below the RPM ring you might want to clean off.
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Thanks ...
yeah, I noticed the little bit of paint under the RPM gauge. It'll clean right off with some acetone.
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very niice, how much?

but seriously, looks good man.
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very niice, how much?

but seriously, looks good man.
Thanks

Now I need to figure out a way to paint the round part of the needles silver.

(How hard it it to remove the needles?)
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Super easy to get the needles off. Rotate clockwise while pulling. They will spin off. I just painted my needles today.
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Super easy to get the needles off. Rotate clockwise while pulling. They will spin off. I just painted my needles today.
Thanks for the tip ... I'm going to paint them asap.
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