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Old 02-11-2009, 09:49 PM   #651
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that's to prove a point that an uneven cluster looks even when photographed.

i don't like mine because it's not all that even.

i used stage gels and clear bulbs and the original sandpaper method.
what number gel did you use?............I like that red
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:48 PM   #652
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oh i don't remember. i went to a theater supply store and got the deepest reddest one i could still see through clearly. it was years ago.
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:56 AM   #653
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:37 PM   #654
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Im not familiar with the effects of carb cleaner on plastic, the film is plastic and its sort of sandwiched in plastic, so the carb cleaner couldnt really differentiate between the two. Sanding is definately the best way, its not that hard, I did it without an extra hand with a screwdriver in my mouth pushing down from the top

BTW, I will do within a week, hopefully :
Boost gauge
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i am not sure if this has been covered before or not, but instead of putting a red cover is it possible to just change the clear bulb with a red led bulbs?? wouldnt the color be better?
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:59 AM   #655
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As any one thought of adding a RED and BLUE cover under the GREEN gel to get a white color?Just curios because when you add red + blue+ green light together you get white.
It may not work but just wondering.
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:10 PM   #656
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that's not going to work. yes, white light is made up of all the colors in the spectrum, but you're talking about pigments, not light. red pigment + blue pigment + green pigment = some ugly color you dont want.
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:15 AM   #657
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Does anyone know what lights keep the needles lit up. I have replaced my bulbs with some led bulbs that have 3 directional leds on a pci board that fits into the socket. my problem is that the needles hardly get any light. The green is a good bright color and is what i want. Should i run some lights behind the guages in order to get light to the needles.

any advice would be awesome. thanks.
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Old 08-01-2009, 02:06 AM   #658
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Going to do this mod tomorrow. Glad to see pics i thought it was much more dificult
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:02 AM   #659
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red condoms are no longer sold at the op's link. anyone have any suggestion on where to get the red condoms or a proven reliable alternative?
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:43 AM   #660
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So I tried changing gauge color using the bulb condom method, but frankly I was underwhelmed by the results. I tried to sand down the film as indicated at the beginning of this DIY, but didn’t have much success, even with an extra set of hands. Now it was a bit painful and time-consuming, but I grabbed some of my wife’s nail polish remover and a stack of cotton swabs. I kept the gauge faces on so that I didn’t have to worry about gauge calibration. I peeled back the existing layer and swabbed like crazy, eventually clearing off all the numbers and hash marks. The hardest areas were the area between the speedo and the tach, and the middle areas of the gas gauge and water temp gauge.

After I found the two-layer orange condom method killed the illumination to my needles and odometer, I removed the gauge cluster again and pulled the bulb condoms.

Not wanting to do the whole stage gel/LED route, I started thinking about how I could replicate the results. SO… I grabbed a stack of transparent laserjet paper ($2/sheet at Office Max) and, of all things, an orange Sharpie…

I cut out a section of the transparent sheet and created a template. I kept fitting and refining it on the top of the gauge until it was just right. I then placed it underneath and found a few other bits that needed trimming. Next, I simply colored the sheet with the orange sharpie. I colored both sides to add a bit of depth to the color.



After testing this in the car I noted that there were still a couple of ‘hot spots’ and some blotchiness, just like with the condom method. So I decided to create a blackout template with a sectioned color area to darken the hotspots. I started the same way, but then overlayed it and created the blackouts. I then sectioned out the color area.




The results are great! The color is a bit pale in the sunlight – but what do you expect when it’s not LED? It was the same way with the green anyway! In the dark the color is a perfect amber, matching the look of my wife’s Mazda3’s electro-luminescent gauges almost perfectly – and definitely mates up with my Prosport gauge. I’m extremely happy.

These pictures don’t do the project justice:



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Old 08-18-2009, 11:40 PM   #661
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what size are the bulbs? i was planning on getting leds for them.
is it the same size as the HVAC?
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:10 AM   #662
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red condoms are no longer sold at the op's link. anyone have any suggestion on where to get the red condoms or a proven reliable alternative?

bump this question!!!! Im looking aswell. I can only find this link http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php...parent=75&pg=1
but Im unsure as to the quality or even if they will fit. Anyone have experience with these???
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:43 PM   #663
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^ has my question in it.

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Old 08-27-2009, 01:07 PM   #664
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Alright, just finished reading all 27 pages. Boom! That took a while. Anyway, I've decided to try it out. I'm thinking I'm going to try out the lamp cover/condom method first and see how they look like with the green film still in place. (Anyone got a picture of what this looks like? I don't remember seeing one in this thread.) Then maybe use nail polish to remove the greenness if needed.
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:05 AM   #665
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will this work in my 2002 legacy outback? (at)
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:13 PM   #666
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I tried the bulb condoms a while ago and had nothing but trouble. All they did was pop off a few days into having them on. So that idea had to go. Then I bought replacement #74 leds from autolumination.com and had to shave them down to fit in the stock twist bases.

After a few months, my dash lights keep cutting out on my and now only half of my dash is lit.

Any suggestions as to which bulbs would work to solve the problem, I was thinking of these http://superlumination.com/images/au...trix2_r_wm.jpg but I am not too sure if they will have the same problem?

Should I buy some #24 bulbs too? Instead of all #74?

Any suggestions would be great.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:07 PM   #667
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going to attemp this tonight.. good info
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Old 11-14-2009, 02:14 PM   #668
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what would happen if you just changed the bulb to an intense bulb color and didn't sand at all...any effect?
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:07 AM   #669
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can someone answer this for me??

if you change to all red LED's (except needle bulbs) that are really bright and dont touch the green film, do the LED's still shine thru red? are they bright enough to power through it or are they super gross and brown?
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:55 PM   #670
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Would this work on my 01 RS?
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:47 PM   #671
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bump up the bulb condom question.

Where do you buy red bulb condoms? or red leds that fit?
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:10 PM   #672
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bump up the bulb condom question.

Where do you buy red bulb condoms? or red leds that fit?
I am wondering this too.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:04 PM   #673
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can someone answer this for me??

if you change to all red LED's (except needle bulbs) that are really bright and dont touch the green film, do the LED's still shine thru red? are they bright enough to power through it or are they super gross and brown?
If you dont sand out the green film, the red led will only be like 2/3 of sanded. Also the color will be kind of orange, not really red....lol
But I would say it still will brighter than just using blub comdoms and you will get more red.
By the time you changing the blub, why not just sand the green film? It's not hard, all you need is take time and be careful.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:14 PM   #674
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bump up the bulb condom question.

Where do you buy red bulb condoms? or red leds that fit?

you can find the comdoms from pepboys. If you are going to replace the blubs with the same size LED's, dont waste your time and money. Replace the same size of LED blubs will not really light up the cluster, and worse...
Just go on ebay and buy some 12V LED's , cheaper and easiler.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:24 PM   #675
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you can find the comdoms from pepboys. If you are going to replace the blubs with the same size LED's, dont waste your time and money. Replace the same size of LED blubs will not really light up the cluster, and worse...
Just go on ebay and buy some 12V LED's , cheaper and easiler.
This sounds like a stupid question, but could you just get some red 12v LEDs and then just sand of the green and be set?

If so, are the 12v leds hard to wire?
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