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Any detailed info on how to remove the wood grain from late model instrument clusters?


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I am going to rehab a gauge cluster and I have it pretty much stripped.  How does on remove the wood grain panel and the glass?  

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The glass comes out from behind- you 'unscrew' the rings, carefully.

I reinstall with silicone, so they don't rattle.

 

Woodgrain?  I think that's molded in...

 

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Some fine sandpaper to scuff the surface, then you can spray paint it any color you wish, or if you're adventurous, glue some real wood veneer over the plastic, cut out the openings for the instruments and warning lights, and cover with many coats of urethane varnish from a spray can.  

 

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Sand it... or use a good wood stripper ;)

 

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in the bottom left you'll notice.. the clear coat cracked when I popped the face back in from the flexing... so I taped it back up to fix while in place (bottom right).

 

can't find photos of the finished product but must have them somewhere.

 

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16 minutes ago, Gordon said:

I just used a black cluster from a 71-73 02 and put my crosshair gauges in that, a lot less trouble and it looks great. 

 

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Thats what I have now...but I want something a little more "special" or custom.

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What Mike and MildSeven said.

 

After you remove/rough-off the woodgrain, smooth the new black surface, and clean it with alcohol...(1) cut out 2 or 3 thin cardboard templates to match the cluster face exactly , (2) paint the templates the colors you are contemplating, and (3) push each template onto the cluster to get an idea of how each color will appear.  See photos of stages of my doing the aforementioned.  The grey color was to match the carpet.

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7 minutes ago, 2002#2 said:

What Mike and MildSeven said.

 

After you remove/rough-off the woodgrain, smooth the new black surface, and clean it with alcohol...(1) cut out 2 or 3 thin cardboard templates to match the cluster face exactly , (2) paint the templates the colors you are contemplating, and (3) push each template onto the cluster to get an idea of how each color will appear.  See photos of stages of my doing the aforementioned.  The grey color was to match the carpet.

Larry

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Nice work!  So you painted that attached to the cluster?  Just masked it off?

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No masking.

 

I made the templates, removed them, painted each a different color, and pressed each back into place one at a time just to see how each color would appear. The cluster face was removed and painted all by itself.  All of this was exceedingly easy and quickly done.

 

Be sure to paint the inside of the cluster brilliant white like MildSeven did.

 

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I may be wrong of course, but I thought the wood grain panel (74-76) sits on the top of the old style textured black plastic panel like in a 73 which is an integral part of the whole cluster body. Just remove the wood grain panel, and you are done. I have done this on two 74 clusters, but the milage reset button is a tad longer and needs to be replaced with a shorter unit from an early model (72-73). 

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Yes under the wood grain there is a textured black panel. I actually had to look at my 71-73 panel and compare them as I thought it was he same. It's not it's slightly different but I'm sure you could just pop the wood grain panel off and put your gauges back in. Here is a pic of the late cluster minus the wood grain panel. 

 

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2018 BMW M550i X-Drive

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http://www.project2002.com

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What kind of paint are you going to use? Speedometers have certain category paint such as anti glare and so on. And what's the logic behind the white paint?

Im gonna do this face restore as a test to my spare cluster. Will posts photos. Here is a "before" shot:

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