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Old 10-28-2008, 11:45 PM
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Wow!

Just finished fixing the clock, cleaning up the cluster lens and painting the gauge needles on my 300SD. Ordered a new set of gears for the odometer which will be installed next week. Man what a difference! The instrument cluster looks new again and you can see the gauges at night. Great improvement!!!
This is an easy fix and well worth the effort.
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:57 AM
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Come on Boomer, no digital cameras in Oklahoma?
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:14 AM
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what color did you paint the needles? Pics please.
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Old 10-29-2008, 04:15 PM
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I do have a digital camera but I haven't spent the time to figure out how to post pics yet.
I painted the needles florescent orange, just as they were originally. I also replaced the two bulbs that light the panel as well as cleaned the light transmitting pieces. The whole instrument cluster now looks like new again. As I said, easy to do and well worth the effort.
I will take some pics when I replace the gears and try to figure out how to post them.
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Old 10-29-2008, 04:40 PM
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what brand paint did you use, and where did you get it? IS it almost the exact match to the original?

to post pics click reply and then click manage attachments and upload your photos.
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Old 10-29-2008, 05:29 PM
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O jimmyL, there is a lot of digital cameras in Oklahoma...
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:03 PM
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I used Krylon spray enamel paint. Sprayed some into the cap and applied with a small brush. You MUST wait for each coat to dry before applying the next. The Krylon dries fairly quickly so it is not a big bother. I kept the cap/paint in the referigerator between coats and it actually worked better the longer it took. I guess the thinner was evaporating out which made it cover better. It took several coats maybe 7 to 10 but if you let it dry between coats and apply it evenly it works great. A hint here, put a piece of paper between the needle and the gauge face to hold the needle and prevent splatter. Once you have the needle coated gently move it to an unpainted area on the paper. That will ensure you don't stick the needle to the paper. The paper will also keep the needle off the stop post if necessary, I think there is only one that actually has a post. Also do not try to re-brush, put enough paint on the brush to make one complete pass on the needle. This is a little tricky with the brush I used which was very fine. The color match was very good and the result was fantastic!
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:36 PM
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cant wait for the pics.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:47 PM
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I need to do this on my 84. The odometer numbers are kind of dirty. I was going to use some rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab. Did you try to clean yours?

I was glad to read that you cleaned your clock and not someone else.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:51 PM
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Can you elaborate on the repair of the clock?
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:44 PM
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Okay here is the place to check out the whole cluster repair.
http://articles.mbz.org/instrument/renew
I checked our host first to make sure there was no instument cluster for sale, so I hope this is okay.
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