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What to use when painting needles? #352091 Dec 15, 1:48pm Dec 15, 1:48pm
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What to use when painting needles?
I wanna make my needles as bright red as the ones in this picture, what do i need to make them look like that?

http://rjautoworks.com/custpics/114-1477_IMG.jpg

Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: kenshin811] #352092 Dec 15, 2:36pm Dec 15, 2:36pm
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I know you can use a Sharpie marker

Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: CelicaCrazy] #352093 Dec 15, 2:57pm Dec 15, 2:57pm
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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: spaztikid] #352094 Dec 15, 3:03pm Dec 15, 3:03pm
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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: CelicaCrazy] #352095 Dec 15, 4:10pm Dec 15, 4:10pm
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Originally Posted by CelicaCrazy
I know you can use a Sharpie marker


you have to remove the orange paint firts. then do a coat or two of sharpie. i dont think it will glow bright red, but itll look red. the posted pic looks enhanced probably because of the camera.

but anything looks better than orange... imo.

Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: mukalicious] #352096 Dec 15, 4:16pm Dec 15, 4:16pm
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you take off the orange with nail polish remover non acetone works...
red sharpie will make it too dark and won't allow the light to illuminate the needle fully
i went with red transparent paint and like it..but i'm gonna fix it and see how it turns out when i get my rj autoworks gauges in a few days.

imo, i think a needle led kit was added behind the needles to make it brighter like that..
what can be bought from http://www.importintelligence.com/FMPro?-db=Cart.fp3&-format=listnew.htm&-new

it's great if you have the gauges lit and the needle the same...blue on blue...red on red...


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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: VSGTS14] #352097 Dec 15, 5:37pm Dec 15, 5:37pm
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the needle kit inhances the circle that holds the needle... the lower part of the needle will be bright, but it fades as it gets to the tip.

Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: mukalicious] #352098 Dec 15, 6:15pm Dec 15, 6:15pm
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No way a sharipe sucks, and you cant even do many coats, cause the markers felt tip will rub away previous coats. i dont think you can notice how they look in this picture but thats my needles "painted" with a sharpie, i need to re-do it with some testors paint or something like the stock needles darker and sharper.

heres a picture of the needles not lit up, ya they look "alright"

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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: kenshin811] #352099 Dec 15, 6:16pm Dec 15, 6:16pm
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and here they are lit up, you can see how transparent the coloring is on the rpm gauge, and quite possibly on the mph needle too...

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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: CelicaRacer05] #352100 Dec 15, 6:39pm Dec 15, 6:39pm
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Originally Posted by CelicaRacer05
and here they are lit up, you can see how transparent the coloring is on the rpm gauge, and quite possibly on the mph needle too...


I heard all you had to do was put some white paint on the underside of the needle to make it not so transparent if you already have the sharpie color on the front side. Double check before doing this though.


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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: SLVCELI] #352101 Dec 15, 7:04pm Dec 15, 7:04pm
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so you have to buy gauge needles to make them look nice when they're turned on?

Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: VSGTS14] #352102 Dec 15, 8:20pm Dec 15, 8:20pm
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Originally Posted by VSGTS14
transparent paint


transparent testors paint. grin

Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: Virgilson] #352103 Dec 15, 9:11pm Dec 15, 9:11pm
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snapped a couple pics; click to supersize...

daytime:
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city lights on:
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key in, lights on:
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took the orange off with fingernail polish remover and then used a blue sharpie.

Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: mukalicious] #352104 Dec 16, 1:41pm Dec 16, 1:41pm
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anyone have pics of needles with transparent paint?


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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: JesterDallas] #352105 Dec 16, 2:14pm Dec 16, 2:14pm
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I installed RJ Autoworks silverface with blue numbers. I tried the red sharpie but since the leds for the speedometer are blue then the needle did not glow at night. The tach needle did glow because of the red led behind the red zone. I ended up painting both needles with a mix of transparent and flourescent blue paint that you can purchase at any hobby shop. I will post pics after I get off work this evening.


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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: 2nd2nun] #352106 Dec 16, 4:51pm Dec 16, 4:51pm
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i used white out for temp. I need to find a bright white paint(i used white LEDs)...dunno where to find it. I looks good do far...just doesnt shine as bright as the ones in these pics.


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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: AzNRaCeR] #352107 Dec 16, 4:55pm Dec 16, 4:55pm
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Testors paint.
I tried the shaprie way. Lets just say it wasn't too sharp...ie.

Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: spectraGTS] #352108 Dec 16, 5:39pm Dec 16, 5:39pm
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Here is the pic!

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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: 2nd2nun] #352109 Dec 17, 10:08am Dec 17, 10:08am
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Originally Posted by 2nd2nun
Here is the pic!


is that with testors?

Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: JesterDallas] #352110 Dec 17, 9:18pm Dec 17, 9:18pm
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nope, i mixed flourescent blue and transparent blue together.

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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: 2nd2nun] #352111 Dec 19, 1:00pm Dec 19, 1:00pm
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thanks! cheers


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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: 2nd2nun] #352113 Dec 22, 1:00pm Dec 22, 1:00pm
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what kind/brand of paint(s) did you use and how did you mix? that would look sweet on my gauges! thumbsup


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Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: JesterDallas] #352114 Dec 22, 1:10pm Dec 22, 1:10pm
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think you can go to Michaels

Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: RookieGTS] #352115 Dec 22, 1:11pm Dec 22, 1:11pm
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use like model paint.

Re: What to use when painting needles? [Re: RookieGTS] #352116 Dec 22, 2:39pm Dec 22, 2:39pm
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I can't remember the brand name but it is typical craft paint that you can buy at your local hobby shop or arts and craft store.


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