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Old 06-10-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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DIY white speedo/tach numbers on stock faceplate $1

So anyone who owns and 05 and doesn't like the green knows how few selections there are for gauge faces =p

Things you'll need after removal: Acetone and some rags. That's it.
Depending on condition of face: Black paint, taillight film

The gauge face is sadly NOT the type with the film that you can just change. It's a translucent spray coating on the back of the face. To do this you will need to remove the gauge cluster as seen here: How To: 2005 Instrument Cluster Removal
remove 3 torx screws holding down the clear acrylic light diffuser behind the face
Remove the 3 or 4 needles, noting their position prior to removal

SLOWLY and gently peel off the face from the light diffuser.

The face is constructed as such:

Adhesive : White diffuser/blocking material : Green film over symbols : Plastic body : front face black paint & red symbols (what you actually see on the cluster)

DO NOTTTTT get acetone on the front face. That will murder it. ONLY the back gets touched. put your finger in the rag holding it with the rest of your hand and put acetone on your fingertip. Rub in into the green film and it'll come off. Try and keep it localized as much as possible! I went all out here and had a lot of adhesive/white to clean up. Keeping is just on the number can prevent a lot of the mess. Give it a gentle bath after on both sides without soap and let it dry. This was a test mostly as I have a spare cluster and I want one with a tach anyway XD Here are some pictures:

You can clearly see that the acetone has dissolved the green film

This is me going overboard:

This is some light bleeding though the black front paint. If this happens, you can paint the BACK black where the numbers/symbols aren't to make up for the removal of the white light blocker and prevent light from bleeding though. The numbers turned out really nicely though ^^ Light bleeding through on the red stuff can be fixed with red taillight tape.

Pics of it installed will come after my white LED cluster bulbs arrive

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Semi following the directions. Solvent alone was taking TOO long.
Used solvent to remove most the glue and then used sand paper to remove the green layer.
Now if I could get that light to even out around the numbers.

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