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Old 02-05-13, 02:06 AM   #46
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Default As long as you all are going with putting tape on the needle...

It seems to me that if you are willing to just use the $10 tape trick you'd go ahead and save a little more and just use some glow in the dark tape, like speedometers of the old days? It's be a lot easier too. You coul probably get it in various colors, but I dunno?
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Old 02-11-13, 12:44 PM   #47
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Has anyone tried florescent paint?
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Old 03-31-13, 04:46 PM   #48
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After a bad set from ebay, I sent the originals to LexTech. Not sure I will be happy with their red waterfall fix I decided to research fixing them just as the originals. I ordered red surface mount led's from Digikey (#404-1006-6-ND) along with three 68 ohm 1/8 watt smd resisters. I have a magnified work station and a needle tip solder iron and plan to solder three sets of 6 led's in series ending with the resistor. Just like the originals these will be 18 red 635nm 50mcd bright smd led's. I will also use an analytical balance to determine the mass of the needle before and after and try to make sure they're equally balanced. If it works I'll provide a DYI along with pictures.
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After a bad set from ebay, I sent the originals to LexTech. Not sure I will be happy with their red waterfall fix I decided to research fixing them just as the originals. I ordered red surface mount led's from Digikey (#404-1006-6-ND) along with three 68 ohm 1/8 watt smd resisters. I have a magnified work station and a needle tip solder iron and plan to solder three sets of 6 led's in series ending with the resistor. Just like the originals these will be 18 red 635nm 50mcd bright smd led's. I will also use an analytical balance to determine the mass of the needle before and after and try to make sure they're equally balanced. If it works I'll provide a DYI along with pictures.
Looking forward to your DIY.
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Any results from this DIY Polyneutro?
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Old 09-22-14, 01:29 PM   #51
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I had the same idea to try fluorescent paint, or retro-reflective tape. For at least 4 years now I have been looking at black needles against a black background, anything would be a big improvement! Seems like the paint would have less mass, and be more likely not to require recalibration. How about fingernail paint? I'm sure it comes in fluorescent colors. How difficult would it be to get to the needles for painting without having to remove the whole cluster? I love my 1992 coupe, bought it off the showroom floor, kept it serviced and garaged, best car I ever owned by far! I want to make it last as long as I'm eligible to drive!
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