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Old 09-22-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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Need some help with gauge cluster color

Hey ya'll,


2005 ST here. Been wanting to change all my interior lights from the boring green to a clean white. I am interested in doing the gauge cluster today and I have searched and searched and found some good information. I know to sand the green off the back.

I'm curious though, will the stock bulbs show through? In other words, will it be white once I plug it back in? Or will I need to buy white bulbs?

I did this on my Saturn once and the bulbs I bought were extremely bright in some spots.


Thanks, much appreciated

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Old 09-26-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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+1 this topic. This is exactly what I want to do / what I'm interested in
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:17 PM   #3
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+1 this topic. This is exactly what I want to do / what I'm interested in

Hi!

So I completely forgot I posted here. I ended up sanding the green off (a little difficult, in my opinion), it looked great until I put the cluster back together.

It was more of a peach. Also, the lighting was incredibly bright in some spots. So, I took it back apart (being very careful of the needles), painted where the green was with red nailpolish. I bought it for a dollar at the Dollar Store. I chose a dark red and did about 4 coats, continually checking to see that there were no spots on the cluster when I held it up against the light.

I put it back together, and it looks perfect. It was still a little bright in some spots, but I bought some opaque scrapbook paper in light grey and covered where the bright lights were over the gauge cluster. Don't use more than two sheets or it can lift the gauges up and block the needle from working. (pain in the ass!) It helped disperse the light a little better. I was tried red brake light tape; it was too pink.

I am pretty proud of what I did, and would do it again...maybe in a blue similar to a Volkswagen. Right now, it's more of a Mazda Red. I'd also like to create some sort of tunnel to build around the gauges similar to a Mitsubishi Lancer or Mazda 3.


Any questions let me know.

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Hi!

So I completely forgot I posted here. I ended up sanding the green off (a little difficult, in my opinion), it looked great until I put the cluster back together.

It was more of a peach. Also, the lighting was incredibly bright in some spots. So, I took it back apart (being very careful of the needles), painted where the green was with red nailpolish. I bought it for a dollar at the Dollar Store. I chose a dark red and did about 4 coats, continually checking to see that there were no spots on the cluster when I held it up against the light.

I put it back together, and it looks perfect. It was still a little bright in some spots, but I bought some opaque scrapbook paper in light grey and covered where the bright lights were over the gauge cluster. Don't use more than two sheets or it can lift the gauges up and block the needle from working. (pain in the ass!) It helped disperse the light a little better. I was tried red brake light tape; it was too pink.

I am pretty proud of what I did, and would do it again...maybe in a blue similar to a Volkswagen. Right now, it's more of a Mazda Red. I'd also like to create some sort of tunnel to build around the gauges similar to a Mitsubishi Lancer or Mazda 3.


Any questions let me know.

Gordon
Do you have a picture by chance? I wanna see what it looks like!
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:35 PM   #5
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The quality of these pictures are horrible. I might take my Canon out and see if I can get better pictures. The red is much darker at night. It's a bright red, but a looks like a deep red, if that makes any bit of sense.

Similar to a Mazda 3 at night.
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Very nice job!

FYI, I am 40 miles to your west!
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Hey man that looks nice... when i was reading that you put 4 coats of nail polish on it i was like "oh no"... I really didnt think any light would get through... Really nice though man... I may have to give this a try myself as I also hate that stock green.
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