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Old 01-10-2005, 04:49 PM   #51
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Quit steppin on my shoes

Thats basically the way to do it, Ill try and get pics and otherstuff and add it to the stickies, sorry everyone but busy as hell.
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Old 01-10-2005, 08:40 PM   #52
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Old 01-10-2005, 11:05 PM   #53
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i'm doing mine in blue so... yeah.
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Old 01-11-2005, 12:53 AM   #54
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You just dip the q-tip in the non-acid nail polish remover and apply to area.. then just keep at it will the qtips.. both films will be gonna after awhile.. i learned it from when i had my civic si and wanted to make the si logo light up in the cluster
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Old 01-11-2005, 07:55 AM   #55
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is acetone an acid?
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Old 01-11-2005, 07:38 PM   #56
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does the nail polish remover really work? because that would be SO much easier than this sanding stuff... it's not going so well.

i'm trying the nail polish now... driving to the store is an adventure with no cluster in...(don't worry it's less than 3/4 of a mile away)

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Old 01-11-2005, 08:07 PM   #57
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HOLY **** use nail polish remover!!!!!!!!!

it's so much easier and more effective. and there's no need for any helping hands this way. holy hell, this works so much better.
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Old 01-11-2005, 08:55 PM   #58
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so wait...just to be clear....you used only nail polish remover (acetone) and it work very well?
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Old 01-11-2005, 09:35 PM   #59
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I thaught acetone melts plastic www.ppfahome.org/pdf/absguide.pdf Page 7 (acetone)

Then again I think nail polish remover is different, guys keep me posted on how this turns out, and if all goes well, I'll end up making a major revision.
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Old 01-11-2005, 09:41 PM   #60
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yes.

actually i started out with sandpaper, and if you sand it just a little so it's lacerated the nail polish remover can penetrate faster, and that's the easiest, but only using nail polish remover works really well too. plus you don't get all the crappy dust in the recesses of the unit.

i highly recommend nail polish and the q tip.


any tips on getting the rings popped back down?
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Old 01-11-2005, 09:50 PM   #61
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Jewlers screwdrivers, maybe two at the same time.
BTW, please send me some completed pics, PM me about it.

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Old 01-11-2005, 11:11 PM   #62
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hum, i thoguht in other threads, people were having no luck with nail polish remover, i guess you just needed to ruff it up first...

what about if it stays on too long? will it melt through the gauge face entirely?
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Old 01-11-2005, 11:17 PM   #63
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oh my god they're so bright now.

driving the car without the cluster will result in a CEL...

unless that's related to the grounding mod i did today... but i think it's driving without a cluster.

all it does is break it up, you need to actually scratch with the Qtip in order to get it off. i don't think it'll eat through the face entirely, but i'll let you guys know.

ALSO- don't try to expose the "impreza" in the tach, it won't light up and you'll end up with a visible gray area in the black background where you tried.

i can't wait for my blue bulb condoms now.

parts express won't get a shipment of red until 1/25
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Old 01-12-2005, 12:31 AM   #64
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pics?
please ttiwwop!!!
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Old 01-12-2005, 12:35 AM   #65
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i have no camera but maybe once i get the bulb covers in the mail i'll do some before and after shots if a friend will let me borrow theirs...

it actually looks okay if you turn the brightness down and have them without any color- comes out very yellow/orange.

i couldn't really get the gas and oil temp so i just left them ****tily done(still green in the center of the range), but once i get the blue condoms it should look okay.
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Old 01-12-2005, 07:35 AM   #66
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Keep us posted.
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Old 01-13-2005, 09:21 PM   #67
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blue's waaay too dark. i put two on each because without it it's so teal it looks almost green, but i think that's because of the yellow tinge of the incandecent bulbs. i'm going to order some LEDs if the red bulb covers don't make it significantly brighter.

don't get me wrong, it's doable, but waaay too faint for my tastes. especially the needles.

i'll be trying red, but if that doesn't work i'll be going way of LED.
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Old 01-13-2005, 10:21 PM   #68
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Red comes out nice, too bright "double bagged" all the way up at night. Pics r crappy its got a orangish tint to it.
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Old 01-13-2005, 10:45 PM   #69
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orangish is fine as long as it's BRIGHT. i just have to wait until the covers arrive now.
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Old 01-14-2005, 04:09 PM   #70
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If you are dissappointed you can get these instead...
http://autolumination.com/74.htm

Ill add that in the list
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Old 01-14-2005, 04:24 PM   #71
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they're so much more expensive but it might be worth it...
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Old 01-15-2005, 06:56 PM   #72
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I sanded off the green film in summer '04
here is result with white #74 bulbs,
I tried it with red #74 bulbs, but result in dim at 120km/h
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Old 01-15-2005, 07:00 PM   #73
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how'd you get the "impreza" to light up? or does it light up in stock 04 clusters?
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Old 01-20-2005, 01:15 PM   #74
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well red is better, but it's essential to get everything off evenly, or you'll get litte 'clouds' of dark where you didn't get all the film off.

when i have some time this weekend i plan on opening it up and doing it a little bit more thouroughly.

if you guys are getting tired of seeing this thread, i'll stop bumping
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Old 01-20-2005, 01:55 PM   #75
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This weekend ill go the OEM boost.
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