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Old 8th January 2009, 20:26   #1
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Default DIY Santro Instrument Light Colour Change (New Process)

Hey Guys was bored today with nothing to do, so opened up the instrument cluster of my santro and changed the lights colour to red, albeit in a different process. want to know what I used to change the colour of the light bulbs ?? it is.. Yes now go ahead change them to any colour you want. All you need to do is remove the bulbs and give them a coat of glass paint and voila have the instrument cluster in any colour you like.

Friends if you liked my idea, encourage me by posting pics of your instrument cluster whose colour have been changed using my idea.

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Old 8th January 2009, 20:50   #2
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Hehe. Thats a nice idea there pal. So everytime you get bored, you can change the colors of the bulb... and there you go with a new dash!
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Hmm. i never knew that using glass paint would return such good results. Good work.
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Old 8th January 2009, 20:56   #4
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Excellent idea there. It is a bit of surprise as to how easy it is.

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Good job.

also check out this thread
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...board-diy.html
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Old 8th January 2009, 23:06   #6
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nice job there. How difficult was it to open the cluster ? Pls post pics of WIP if you have them.
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Paint's/Caps fade away after a wile under usage.Due to heat.I think you will need to re-do this after a while to sustain that kinda red.
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Hehe. Thats a nice idea there pal. So everytime you get bored, you can change the colors of the bulb... and there you go with a new dash!
Yes now I am bored already, want to change it to blue, umm no to orange, no to chocolate or... phew let me see will have to toss and find out.

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Hmm. i never knew that using glass paint would return such good results. Good work.
You bet it it is one of the simplest way to change the instrument panel's light.

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nice job there. How difficult was it to open the cluster ? Pls post pics of WIP if you have them.
Not difficult at all four clips and 3 screws thats all you need to remove. I dont have the WIP pics, will post soon when i can decide the colour of the Instrument panel to change next

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Paint's/Caps fade away after a wile under usage.Due to heat.I think you will need to re-do this after a while to sustain that kinda red.
Sorry friend have done the same to my bro-in-law's car about 2 months ago, but the light intensity is still the same. please note I am using GLASS paint not the normal household paint.
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Paint's/Caps fade away after a wile under usage.Due to heat.I think you will need to re-do this after a while to sustain that kinda red.
Those small bulbs do not generate that much heat so as to cause the paint to flake off.

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How many coats of paint did you apply? How do you remove the paint? Acetone? Thinner? Or scraping it off?
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Hi Life water, Thats a good DIY. Pretty easy too!. Just need to wait and watch as to the longevity of this exercise. If this works fine, then it saves us from the effort of replacing the bulbs.
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Good job, lifewater! A rather simple way of doing it, i must say.
Personally, i would still prefer playing around with LEDs.
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God job Lifewater.!
Cant wait to try this now.
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Yes now I am bored already, want to change it to blue, umm no to orange, no to chocolate or... phew let me see will have to toss and find out.
Good job there. Gives me ideas now!

I think you should stick to Red, since your HU is in Red too.

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How many coats of paint did you apply? How do you remove the paint? Acetone? Thinner? Or scraping it off?
The small bottle nozzle will give a good coat in one time. Make sure you keep drying the paint while applying since it has a tendency to bleed.

You can just wipe off glass paint with a wet coth. It comes off easily.
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Those small bulbs do not generate that much heat so as to cause the paint to flake off.

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How many coats of paint did you apply? How do you remove the paint? Acetone? Thinner? Or scraping it off?
Two Coats of paint. Dried the paint coat in approximately 2-3 minutes by keeping the bulb in front of a room heater (Blower type). To remove the paint, just wipe it with a wet cloth - may need some effort though.

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Hi Life water, Thats a good DIY. Pretty easy too!. Just need to wait and watch as to the longevity of this exercise. If this works fine, then it saves us from the effort of replacing the bulbs.
As of now, I can vouch for two months without any fading of colour (My Bro-in-Law's car. Lets see how long it lasts.

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Good job, lifewater! A rather simple way of doing it, i must say.
Personally, i would still prefer playing around with LEDs.
Thanks. Your call - I like this process as I have no time or patience to solder the L.E.Ds.

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God job Lifewater.!
Cant wait to try this now.
Thanks buddy. Please do and post the pictures, cant wait to see your pics. All the best.

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Good job there. Gives me ideas now!

I think you should stick to Red, since your HU is in Red too.

O.K. will stick to it. However will paint two three sets in different colour just to see.

Make sure you keep drying the paint while applying since it has a tendency to bleed.


Right - absolutely right. I have mentioned above how I did it.

You can just wipe off glass paint with a wet coth. It comes off easily.
Yes it does. But not so easily.
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Default great job !

Even i was planing one for my car, but was a bit hesitant.
After seeing this I sure will try it.
Can you please post some pics of "How to remove instrument cluster of Santro Xing" (if any)

after pondering what color will look good, came across an excellent idea. Here it is . PS Job !
Wondering if White will be possible , @Lifewater are there LED's or bulbs (incandescent) ??

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