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Hi Guys,

Ive recently bought an Artwork Dewa gauge when I was in Japan in September.

As the Gauge face is actually white, I'll need to change the color of the needles to red. Ive had a search online and there are people who have used a Sharpie Red permanent market on the top surface of the needle to change the color of the needle.

Has anyone on here done something like this before? My concern is that if I color the needles with the marker, the illumination may not come up properly at night.

Im contemplating getting the intelliglow needles, but that money is better off spent elsewhere right now.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Ray.
 

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I tried the sharpie method and wasn't happy with the results...The color wasn't consistent. I also tried glass paint from the arts and craft store,,,just as good.
I finally settled on red tape, the kind that you use for temp repairs on tail light lenses. Just lay in on and trim it off with a sharp razor blade. The tape is uniform, transparent, and it looks good.
You might want to try and leave the white "frosted" paint that is on the underside of the needles. It might help transfer some of the light. I sanded and polished mine.
 

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I tried the sharpie method and wasn't happy with the results...The color wasn't consistent. I also tried glass paint from the arts and craft store,,,just as good.
I finally settled on red tape, the kind that you use for temp repairs on tail light lenses. Just lay in on and trim it off with a sharp razor blade. The tape is uniform, transparent, and it looks good.
You might want to try and leave the white "frosted" paint that is on the underside of the needles. It might help transfer some of the light. I sanded and polished mine.
I went up throught the same process and I ended up with the same results :mrgreen:
Go with the red stop light repair tape!
 

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raymo - best thing to do and has worked for years, is using Testors Insignia Red paint:
http://www.testors.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=745

It will be a brighter color in daytime and lights up well at night. Lightly scraatching the white paint or using a light paint remover under the needle will help get rid of the white stuff.

And use multiple coats of paint. take your time and do it right the first time.

 

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I used 2 coats of Testors Model Master Paint on the underside of the needles on my old AWD "ZZ" gauges. Looked perfect in the day and the night. No fading at all. Take your time, do it right! :mrgreen:
 

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Looks awesome!

Unfortunately I dont think I can get the testors paint in Australia, Im a bit hesitant on painting the needle just in case it blocks out the illumination.

Ive got a permanent marker that is designed for use on CD's and DVDs... maybe it'll do the trick better than the Sharpie marker (plus its quick and easy!)
 

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This is why I can't have gauges like that, I'd just spray paint the back of mine.
 

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Come on people- do it the right way- buy a Mazdaspeed cluster, take out the needles and throw away the cluster :wink: :wink:
 

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Do I have to scrape away the white film on the back of the needles before I go over it with a permanent marker or am I able to just go over the white section on the back of the needle directly with the red marker?

Whats the cons of not scraping away the back end of the needle?
 

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use a razor blade and carefully scrape off the white, then use the 'sharpie' to color it in. If you leave the white on and just color the backs, they will either lite up a light shade of your chosen color, or completely black - depending on how much color is put on the white needle back....
 

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Ha! Those gauges in Phat's hand are in my dash!!
 

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I used 2 coats of Testors Model Master Paint on the underside of the needles on my old AWD "ZZ" gauges. Looked perfect in the day and the night. No fading at all. Take your time, do it right! :mrgreen:
Ahhhhh... those are the gauges I want. Great job on painting the needles!

Hopefully I can get a set sometime soon.
 

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Try using finger nail poslish remover to remove the white paint on the underside of the needle and do as was said before paint the underside with red testors paint (if available), I have done this before and it worked like a champ. All this talk has gotten me wanting some new gauges I guess I need to make a web-based trip over to R-speed and see what I can do.
 

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Thats a great idea JDMage!

Also, what glue did you guys use on the stopper knob that is to be glued onto the dial faces?

I want something strong but was advised against using regular superglue as it fogs up the plastic on a hot day..
 

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OK guys, I finally bit the bullet and carried out the installation on Christmas day :mrgreen:

Unfortunately the dome cluster cracked when I pulled it out (I am told this is normal as the Australian sun is quite good at drying out plastics to make them brittle). A bit of loctite glue and it does the job with a temporary fix until I can get a replacement.

The gauge looks awesome now :D I'll put up pics soon.

However, regarding the needle calibration - The Speedometer, how do you guys know if it is accurate? I have aligned it to start at Zero when I am stationary but Im not entirely sure if the speed is accurate. If the needle is in place, starting at zero, is that all that is required to ensure the speed is accurate?

The other issue I have is with the Rev needle, when I drive around for a while and my Rev needle idles at 850rpm, when I start the car up cold, the rev needle idles at 1250~1500 RPM but then settles at 850 later... definitely not normal!

Any thoughts?
 
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