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How To: Making Custom White Dials
Published by charlieboy
30-05-2005
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How To: Making Custom White Dials

Making WHITE dials for your UNO

You will need:
  • Pictures of old dial faces (to scale)
  • Photoshop (or similar programme)
  • PC/laptop (obviously duhh)
  • Paper & printer
  • Spray glue
  • Scissors/Stanley knife/Scalpel
Obtain photos of old dials – dismantling of old cluster may be needed so take extra care not to break the needles or other parts!! (see next page for ready mades)

Open photo shop, click the “open file” button and open the photo of the dial (Speedo, petrol or temp.)

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Zoom in on the image till it is big enough for you too see clearly, then using the “Magnetic Lasso Tool” begin to outline the dial (around the black area). Once this is done the dial will have a flashing black and white line around the area you have outlined.

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With the dial outlined you can now make it white. Click “Layer” on the task bar, the “New Fill Layer”, “Solid Colour…”

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The “New Layer” box will appear when you click “Solid Colour.” There is not really any need to change the name of the layer, on the drop down bar select “Exclusion” then click “OK”

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The “colour Picker” appears on screen now, select your chosen colour. In this case being white. And then click “OK”

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The dial has now changed to white. Print out onto white paper (should be to scale). And cut out using the necessary method. To mount the dial you will need spray glue and then jus simply mount them over the existing dials.

CAUTION: when mounting new dials make sure that they line up with the old dials. This can be done by turning the key (on temp/petrol dials) the needle rises, make note of where it is (as best you can) turn ignition off. Place on dial and turn key, needle rises, adjust till correct. With the speedo the same will need to be done with AS MUCH CARE AS POSSIBLE as you don’t want this dial to be inaccurate!!

If you wish to experiment with different colours “Undo” (CTRL + Z) the colour change and go to “Layer”, “New Fill Layer” and “Solid Colour”. “New Layer” box, drop down menu bar “Exclusion”, “OK”. “Colour Picker”, select the desired colour and “OK”. Dial changes to the colour you selected (to match/contrast/or ‘cause you liked the colour. The choice is yours!!! If you have more advanced skills add a design/picture of you choice.

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My PS skills are only just developing, this is a rough guide of how mine were done! Have fun and enjoy your new dials!!
Charlie

*Thanks to LOUIE BEE for the photos of the original dials, to scale! They can be found in his photo gallery here on FF! Cheers buddy! *
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Re: making white dials - the guide....

no one has thanked you for that, so i will
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Re: making white dials - the guide....

Ok. i got the dials printed out and everything but now i dont know how to take apart the dashboard. i still dont know what mk is my uno mk. 2 perhaps?! so here is the pic of the dash.

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Re: making white dials - the guide....

Hi ToMi`,

You have a MK2 Uno there, but it’s not the same the UK one as there is no temperature gage.

This is the UK MK2 base dash – but don’t worry, you don’t need to remove the steering wheel – I was fiting in a Turbo wheel when I took this picture.


There is a rough guide on post 10 in this thread, https://www.fiatforum.com/uno/31796-rev-counter.html

Ignore the bit about the tachometer wire, as you won't need it . Let us know if you get stuck.

The petrol gage is different in your Uno, so you may need to scan yours in. They are held in by only 2 nuts. I scanned both gages in without removing the pointers BTW. Please post the original picture if you do it

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Re: making white dials - the guide....

very good guide!! you should post this in the general forum as its easily used on other models
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Re: making white dials - the guide....

tnx for the info! i have the right dials scanned so that's no problem .. i'll read all about it and have a go tommorow morning.
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Re: making white dials - the guide....

"you should post this in the general forum"

louie will you move it please, me a bit unsure bout doin it

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Re: making white dials - the guide....

if anyone isnt too good at photoshop, but has some good ideas - send me the graphic of the dial and your idea and i can do them
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Re: making white dials - the guide....

thanks for asking

I discussed it back stage with other mods, and it seems this thread is most relevant to Uno Styling, and will be staying put.

As much as I'd like you to get an Uno if you don't currently have one,

Your welcome to keep your eye on The Uno Forums for more top threads LOL.


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Re: making white dials - the guide....

on the turbo dials are the "temp." "petrol" and "speedo" the same as on the normal uno?

if they are different does anybody have any they could scan onto their pc, to scale ??

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Re: making white dials - the guide....

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Pictures of old dial faces (to scale)
How do you know the right size in paintshop to have it to scale as you imply
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Go for the larger files in this gallery

https://www.fiatforum.com/gallery/sh...ry.php?cat=638

They are already in scale
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Re: making white dials - the guide....

thanks louie bee but they are not for a mk1 do you have any for the mk1
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Sorry - I have no MK1 dials

I dismantled my old pod and scanned the dials, copied and pasted into Photoshop. They print exactly the right size .
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ok louie thanks for your help, when i get some time i will take mine apart and post up the pics for other mk1 owners
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