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Old 10-09-2003   #1
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replacement bulb's for illuminating dash dials???

Does anyone know where I can buy replacement bulb's that illuminate the dials? I'm haveing real trouble sourcing some. Are all the bulbs the same size that illuminate the clock, heater controls, speedo, tacho etc...?
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yup. they'll look trick once they're in but hard to get a hold of. best bet is to buy some clear bulbs and paint them with bulb tint

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Do you think if I paint them with blue bulb tint it will give the same effect as blue bulbs?

My idea is to have blue bulbs throughout and then have the tacho, temp and petrol lights in red. What do you think? Or have blue throughout and a red speedo?
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they easy to get at? Id like some new bulbs, to get the VW look. Blue and red looks great for the dash.

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unsure. Painting the bulbs would be fine BUT, i think the back of the dials are coloured cos i've got white bulbs in mine but the numbsers on tacho and speedo show green. So we might have a problem with the colours clashing and giving an undesired effect. Don't know if the lockwood dials are the same? Cos i fancied having the dials go from blue at one end and fade into green at the other.



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THe colour on the dials is because the bulbs shine through coloured plastic, the bulbs actually emit white light but shine through opagque green plastic- hence the colour green.

Painting the bulbs will only make the green light darker and harder to read...trust me i've tried.

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Dump. I had just given up on buying bulbs (saw them for 2 a pair!) and was going to buy bulb paint for a fiver. Looks like I'll just have to get used to green. arse.
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Try www.maplins.co.uk

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is that Maplin electronics?

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I quite like the idea off seeing if i can strip off the green sh**e and replace it with some perspex or something

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to get the VW look. Blue and red looks great for the dash.[/br]

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Cuz VeeDub dashes are so sexy.............if Fiat just got the picture.

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Yike!

The problem with the dials is that they are made from a clear plastic, with black paint on them with spaces for the numbers and markings. The spaces are then covered over with layers of white then green paint for the iullumination colour. Lockwoods are the same, without the white layer.

What you suggest is possible, but you have to be able to take the green paint off without touching the black paint underneath - really rather tricky indeed!

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Could use a pin or something of similar accuracy?


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worth a try? Probably better getting the dial covers from a scrappy to try on first.

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something I have seen done is an A4 sheet of acetate ( used for overhead projectors etc) can be run thru a colour laser printer and then cut out to the desired clock shape & size. U just mess about with colours & designs etc on ur pc, but all speed markings etc may have a legal requirement I'm not sure.
Just thought it may be a possible alternative.

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i tinted the clock in my red cinq sporting by opening the clock taking out a small piece of green plastic and inserting a red piece of window tinting film. looks great. but the bulbs behind the push switches are acctually green small led type bulbs. i need some red ones.
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