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Thread: Fiberglassed Gauge Pod in Bezel: FIXED *pics*

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    no gauges. A dynotune nitrous switch panel.


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    1.) the spa dual gauges are really nice.

    2.) I think you should go with something from SEM versus duplicolor. The Sem paint will give you a much nicer finish.

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    what did you wind up filling the vent hole with? As for paint... i've used that exact duplicolor stuff before. I think with a little care you could get a nice finish, but I'd look at some sort of non-yellowing clear coat to protect it too. It doesn't exactly withstand the daily bumps and bruises like you'd hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoHybrid View Post
    what did you wind up filling the vent hole with? As for paint... i've used that exact duplicolor stuff before. I think with a little care you could get a nice finish, but I'd look at some sort of non-yellowing clear coat to protect it too. It doesn't exactly withstand the daily bumps and bruises like you'd hope.
    How do I find non-yellowing clear coat? Will it say non-yellowing on the label, or is there a certian brand you would recomend that dosent turn yellow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ces///M3 View Post
    1.) the spa dual gauges are really nice.

    2.) I think you should go with something from SEM versus duplicolor. The Sem paint will give you a much nicer finish.
    Is that short for something, or is that the name? I've never heard of it. Will they have that at Home Depot. or Wallmart? Thanks

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    go drop some cash and let a paint shop paint it to match your car. it will look 100x better.

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    agreed that it'd look much better if a paint shop did it, but if you're wanting to pursue this yourself, i'd look for CAB lacquer clearcoat. Most lacquer clears i've seen are spray on, but some have retarders mixed in them so it's brushable. Sherwin-Williams has a few i like, T75C00015 is the product number for the high-gloss CAB lacquer. B44KJ0073 is the number for a satin finish lacquer if you don't want such a bright finish on your dash (might be better for the sunny days). Either way you'll want to buy .05308614 which is their R7K27 retarder/thinner. If you mix that 1:1 with the lacquer it makes it a million times easier to work with and the finish is much better. Typically dries to the touch in about 15-30 minutes.

    If you're looking for clear lacquer on the cheap, check out Deft at Lowe's or Home Depot. Comes in spray cans or regular cans. The only thing about deft, unless they've got something else on the shelves is that it's a nitrocellulose lacquer which can yellow over time.

    long story short: nitrocellulose lacquers = yellowing, CAB (Cellulose Acetate Butyrate) Lacquers = non-yellowing
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    Ok, so do they sell any CAB out of the can? Because I don't have a paint sprayer. Unless you know where I can get a cheap sprayer from, I'll have to use something out of a can due to my budget on this project.

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    well.. you can apply it with a brush too. get yourself a nice quality soft brush, mix the CAB clear coat 1:1 by volume with the R7K27 and brush it on. You want it thick enough that it can self-level and form a film, but not so thick that it's running. Lacquer that dries by solvent evaporation is always reworkable, removeable and repairable... so don't freak out if it doesn't go quite right the first time. Just go slow, plan ahead, and work in sections until you've brushed clear on the whole thing. You may need to wet sand afterwards to level any remaining brush marks, but you should be okay.

    The only difference between a brushed finish and a sprayed finish (assuming both are done right) will be that the brushed finish requires a little more attention to sanding and polishing than a sprayed finish will.
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    Harbor Freight sells a great entry-level HVLP gun with a pressure regulator for $50 or so.

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