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Old 01-09-2013, 02:05 PM   #3
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Re: How To Restore and Detail an Original Gauge Cluster

To restore the housing, I use 80 grit glass beads to strip the old clear coat from the outside and the green paint from the inside. After all the old paint is off, I change out the glass beads in the cabinet to new beads and lightly blast over the outside for an even, polished finish. The outside will be cleared only, so don't let the housing scrape against the inside of the blast cabinet- any marks will be visible. Don't touch the housing with bare hands or it will rust under the clear coat.

Clean the housing with compressed air only, then spray a couple coats of satin clear. I like Krylon satin clear.

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After the outside is completely dried, mask it off and spray the inside green. I use Krylon Satin Jade.

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