The Simplest and Correct Way of Painting Older Style of Gauge Needles
Gauge needles contribute to the overall look of your vehicle. Although these are just tiny, they can serve as a finishing touch for your dashboard when they are chosen properly. These come in different colors depending on what will complement your interior. They help you to be aware of the condition of your ride, so make sure to select needles that are highly visible. Painting them can do the trick. Here's how you can change the color of your gauge needles.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Scotch tape or masking tape
- Rubber gloves (if needed)
- Bottle of needle paint with brush
- Paper (preferably thick)
Step 1: Find a perfect place to paint your gauge needles. Make sure that the area of your choice is free from dirt and dust.
Step 2: Prepare all the materials needed. You don't want to be in a hassle locating other tools you need later on. By this time, you should have decided what color you are going to use to paint your gauge needles.
Step 3: You may or may not opt to wear rubber gloves. It will always depend on whether you are comfortable with gloves or not.
Step 4: Prepare the needles by putting on tape on the areas that you want to protect from paint spills. You can also use a paper and slide it under the needle to ensure that the paint won't go elsewhere. Preparation is the key.
Step 5: Some gauge needles have a base. If it happened that yours has a base, just carefully put a tape on it. You can use either scotch tape or masking tape though we believe that masking tape will be more efficient because it can at least absorb the paint. Make sure to press and place the tape properly to avoid leaks.
Step 6: It's time to paint your needles. Make sure to be consistent. Use only one stroke for best result. Just put on one coat for every needle first, so you'll have a perfect consistency with all the needles. You may apply a second coat, but be careful not to smudge the first coat. Let the first layer dry completely before applying a second one.
Step 7: After ensuring that the paint is already dry, you can now carefully remove the tape. It is recommended to at least give it an hour or more, just to play it safe. If you notice that the paint accidentally leaked on some areas, you do not need to worry and panic too much. You can simply remove it by carefully scraping it off using a sharp metal like a paper clip or even a toothpick. The paint will simply chop off when dried. But if in case that the paint won't still go away by scraping it off, you may opt to use a marker to cover up the paint.
This DIY job is very easy to do and accomplish. It will just take you an hour, more or less. Though some vehicles may require you to remove and disengage the gauge cluster and the clear plastic lens that cover your gauges. You also need to remove the needles before painting the needles.