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Old 06-05-2013, 12:39 AM   #1
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DIY Gauge Faces

This is my first post here, so please go easy on me. I've also trolled the forums for similar threads but found none.

Heres the situation: I've decided to take on doing an interior LED conversion, and while I have my instrument cluster apart I decided to try my hand at making custom gauge faces. So I scanned the face and threw it into photoshop. I'm pretty happy with it now, but I have no idea what material I should have it printed on. Id like to have the light blue and red ticks/numbers/line shine through while the rest stays opaque.



Any input on tweaking the design would be appreciated as well
Also Ive got the scan here if anyone is interested (its from an 06 w/ tach)

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Old 06-05-2013, 01:04 AM   #2
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You should have it printed on like a vinyl or a nice sticker type deal,
I would take it in to a vinyl/sticker/ printing shop and I bet they can make it for you,
Id love to see a update if this works out, I bet you could get a few extra made and they would probably sell fast on here friend!
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as to it shining though, you can't just lay it over the existing face. you have to take the needles off, peel the old one off, sand off all the green that is left behind, then stick this one in place and replace the bulbs with white leds instead of off white filament bulbs
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I was hoping to not have to use the existing face at all. I did all that to get the scan already, and I went ahead and sanded the green from behind the ticks and stuff just in case this other one doesn't pan out. Its 74/37 "bulb" LED's for the 05-07 focus right?
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couldn't tell you, i only know the 00-04. i think i used 194 bulbs for the large ones, then it's like 74's for the CEL, blinkers, gas light, battery, seatbelt, etc.
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Alright i'm gonna go to a printing shop this weekend sometime and see what they can do. Ill post back with some updates
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Sorry it took so long to get back, its crazy how much work gets in the way. Heres a different link to the picture, let me know if it works:



My plan so far to get this rolling is 1.5mm acrylic sheet with (maybe?) 2 vinyl stickers, one semi-transparent with the parts I want to light up and the second opaque.
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This is an awesome, I never would have thought this up. Nice design fo the gauge face
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Oh damn, that look awesome! I had this idea as well but time didn't allow me to do that...so I just purchased one from BlackCatCustom.. On that note: can anyone tell me where the temp gauge is SUPPOSED to rest while the auto is off and where it would normally END UP (on avg) while driving??
Reason I ask: I had the gauge face replaced as well as the needles (found clear Contour needles on eBay). While the other three are reading properly, the temp gauge needle seems to not want to go past about an 1/8th of the way.

OEM face after driving for a few at a red light:


New face/needles with car off:


New face/needles after driving for a few at a light:


New face/needles with car OFF at night:



FYI: If you can't see the images, simply right-click, go to Properties, copy/paste link onto new window browser and GO..
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