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Old 05-12-2011, 07:37 AM
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Default Painting Gauge Needles

Has anyone painted or colored their gauge needles with any success? Looking to make my needles red on my 2000 cluster.
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:52 AM
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Yes, I used a red Sharpie to color my needles. not the best picture but you get the idea.

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Old 05-12-2011, 08:14 AM
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Default Re: Painting Gauge Needles

If your going to custom out your cluster with LEDs and what not, I say do it. If not, then don't. Because if you do that, the stock instrument bulbs will not be able to shine all the way through and IMO it wouldn't look good. But if you do it with all LEDs, it would look real nice. Something like this:
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:50 AM
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Pbavator, do you have any pics with the gauges illuminated? Looks good not lit. Was it hard to get the needles back on in the right place, or did you not take them off?
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:55 AM
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The picture doesn't do it justice. It looks a lot better in person. The face is an overlay that you just slide into place. Didn't have to remove needles, just guide through the hole and into place.

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Old 06-03-2011, 04:09 AM
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Default Re: Painting Gauge Needles

How much were the led cluster lights and where can i get them haha, looks bad ass dude
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How much were the led cluster lights and where can i get them haha, looks bad ass dude
Are you asking that question towards me or to the other dude?
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:21 AM
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Default Re: Painting Gauge Needles

thrre is a company that sells needle paint. i kno a guy who used it on his camaro and the needles looked like new
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Old 06-06-2011, 02:02 PM
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I was talking to you Drift, sorry i wasnt clear haha
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I was talking to you Drift, sorry i wasnt clear haha
lol okay. Thanks man. I got my LED strips at superbrightleds.com. Then wired them all up to the stock bulb holder and wallah, custom LED cluster!
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