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 Post subject: what kind of paint should i use for gauge needles?
Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:02 pm 
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i want to paint my gauge needles in my el because i don't like the orange in them, what should i use/do to make them a different color what type of paint? i was thinking of fluorescent or acrylic paint but i also don't want it to be to dark that i won't be able to see the gauges at night.
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 Post subject: Re: what kind of paint should i use for gauge needles?
Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:36 pm 
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Fit white needles off something else? My NL cluster has white needles (which are clear but illuminate white due to the LED's I have installed)...

If you paint them you wont be able to see them... The are translucent and illuminated from the inside out... Paint wont let any light through...

Only way it may work and I'm not sure how well it work... Incandescent bulbs are died orange and red for brake lights, blinkers, etc... If you can find a die like that you'd be able to die clear needles (like NL cluster needles) and maybe that'd work...

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 Post subject: Re: what kind of paint should i use for gauge needles?
Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:37 pm 
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TimmyA wrote:
Fit white needles off something else? My NL cluster has white needles (which are clear but illuminate white due to the LED's I have installed)...

If you paint them you wont be able to see them... The are translucent and illuminated from the inside out... Paint wont let any light through...

Only way it may work and I'm not sure how well it work... Incandescent bulbs are died orange and red for brake lights, blinkers, etc... If you can find a die like that you'd be able to die clear needles (like NL cluster needles) and maybe that'd work...

Cheers,
Tim


thanks for your response tim.
so if i get a nf/nl cluster and just take the white needle gauges off of them they should fit in the spot where my el needles are if i take them out? thanks
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 Post subject: Re: what kind of paint should i use for gauge needles?
Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:42 pm 
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Can't answer that... I would have thought they would... You might have to do a comparison and see for yourself...

Did the EF come with white needles?

Punch some stuff in ebay and see what options you have...

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Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:50 pm 
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All EF had white needles and they will fit EL.
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Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:27 pm 
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Candy Apple paint is translucent.
Spraychief has small bottles for air brushing.
Find your local distributor for your state.

 

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