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teaser.... 05 gauge color change


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will have some more soon need to go get more parts may take some time busy weekend for me..
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pink?
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no no blue the 2 leds lol i need to get more but it will be blue just like my havc pannel
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ahh cool I love those gauges...
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its easy - all you have to do is sand off the green paint on the back of the numbers and dashes. tape off everything else (on the back of course) and hit it with some blue transparent paint.

Kendall and I did it on his truck just like that and it looks perfect!
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dang that sounds easy...
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dang that sounds easy...
it definitely sounds scary, but trust me, once youve gained the courage to take it apart its a piece o' cake from there
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Great, where the heck did you get the white face gauges???
I've looked for the newer ones & can't find them.

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I thought about doing it....but I don't feel like playing with the needles. Can someone pull up the pic of what the blue LEDs look like with the green paint still on the gauges?
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I thought about doing it....but I don't feel like playing with the needles. Can someone pull up the pic of what the blue LEDs look like with the green paint still on the gauges?

as for the needles, they come straight off with some effort (i used a fork to pry them off) and when you put them back on, just aim them right where they go when the truck is off.

I dont have a picture, but blue LED's behind the green paint will be kinda dark and not so blue
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Great, where the heck did you get the white face gauges???
I've looked for the newer ones & can't find them.

Rick
i might could get you one, rick
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as for the needles, they come straight off with some effort (i used a fork to pry them off) and when you put them back on, just aim them right where they go when the truck is off.

I dont have a picture, but blue LED's behind the green paint will be kinda dark and not so blue
I heard mark where they are with the truck running and put them back that way. Im just worried because that whole Murphy's law thing applies to me.
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Well, if you can get them let me know!!
You know how to find me.

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they were stock in my 05, and im not just painting them its a full led switch and the odomiter will be blue too yes the lcd will be lit blue

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I heard mark where they are with the truck running and put them back that way. Im just worried because that whole Murphy's law thing applies to me.
i did mine that way, placed the oil pressure, water temp, volts, and RPMs in while the truck was warmed up and running then went to the gas station filled up my truck and put the gas needle in at full. Then had a buddy drive at a set speed on his cruise control, matched it and put the mph needle in
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Gonna look good.
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I have a "how-to" here on the board and on my cardomain site about doing just exactly that, lol. Good job of discovering it on your own.

My dash is red with blue highlights (like the needles are blue) and my 6 CD radio is now blue (used a control panel from a Navigator with white LED's, and used the blue glass paint).

Only problem is that the silkscreening on the back has some "density" in places to balance out the light distribution. You could have some "hot spots" to deal with, but the 05 dash is so different, you might not.

My how-to is here: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/24

Also on my site are how-to's that show you how to use LED's in various switches, if yours are similar, and the cruise control pods -- though I don't know about yours.
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i like it alot..cant wait to see the finish product..might be lookin into it
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well right now i have a prob because im not just painting the gauge faces now i have to figure out how to take the color out of the needles
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The older needles were white -- made it easier. I take it yours are red or something? That could be a problem

I made mine blue by painting the clear circle below the needles -- but that worked because the needles themselves have no color.

I wonder if an older set of needles would solve that? Don't know if they can be made to fit or not.
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well i tryed some nail polish remover and well yeah no work there..... so im thinking about ordering some i found this web site www.newtruckstuff.com they have needles that are already blue and silver i think i might get those and tape the needle off and paint the silver black
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Lol I didn't even see this post when I pm'd you. my gauges I got off ebay should be in, in a week or so, so hopefully I can get started soon. For the needles I had an idea to use the stock needles, but change them up a bit. Tape off about half an inch at the tip and paint the rest of the needle. this should make the inner part of the needle "disappear" at night and the tip light up right over the numbers. I'm gonna try that one out and I'll get some pics up once i get going.
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