Excellent write-up. I'd been planning on using someone's previously made skin (folks have done some great work), but now I've changed my plans.
I haven't yet done any work, and I guess that will be the true test, but I already feel MUCH better about the task at hand.
Just an FYI - I'm looking to make a skin that will match the red/blue of the well know VW colors - Gauges
Once again, thanks a TON !