DIY: Painting MK2 VW Gauge Needles

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DIY: Painting MK2 VW Gauge Needles

Postby TheVdubFire » July 8th, 2016, 9:31 am

This is a relatively easy mod, and will only take about half an hour to complete, while improving the overall look of your gauge cluster.

For the supplies you will need:
1) Pointy art brush
2) Fluorescent paint - I've chosen Naphthol Red Light professional acrylic (Bought from an art store)
3) 7 mm wrench
4) Philips screwdriver
5) Some beats and focus

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Remove the cluster from the dash and disconnect the two plugs (3 if you have cruise control)

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Remove the bolts using the 7 mm wrench, Try not to accidentally damage the blue electrical panel. Place them and their washers in a secure spot

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Remove all the Phillips screws.

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Remove the cruise control plug, if equipped. Be careful when removing, there is a 3-pin connector that needs to be pulled vertically.

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Remove the cluster bulbs; grab them with plyers (I did not have any), and gently twist them off counter-clockwise.

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Start removing the blue electrical panel by removing pinned points vertically, and avoid damage to electrical components

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Remove the plugs from the gauge cluster, they slide off

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Same on the other side.

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The panel should be free from being removed. Remove the gauge cluster cover

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You have an option to remove the needle, which could be pried off. However, its extremely fragile, so I chose to leave it attached and masked off the area.
To remove the old paint, you can gently use a thin razor (don't gauge the plastic), or a fine sandpaper. Clean off the area, and slowly apply a layer of paint with a brush. Make sure to include the edges with a sharper & smaller brush.

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The finished product

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While the cluster is apart, you can give it a good wipe with a micro-fiber wet and dry cloth. Don't use windex and other chemicals.
Put back the cluster together, by following the steps and be careful not to damage the blue electrical panel.
Enjoy the finished results 8-)
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