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Old 09-13-2004, 09:02 PM   #1
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OK....about two months ago, i promised i would be done with my blue dash. well it just happen last night. i have been realy busy last night, and a lot of dead ends caused me to lose interest in this project. i drove about 2500 miles with out a dash, without a gas gauge, without traction control, etc....

what it worth it? NO
would i do it again? NO
did it turn out perfectlly the way i wanted it? NO

so whats the point? i am the only pontiac driver that i know of with a blue cluster

ready for pics?? lets see...i have taken so many throughout this whole ordeal, you are gonna get a small percentage, here goes

randman was nice enough to give me his old cluster because he got a new one...this was my snoop around model.
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after ripping apart the cluster, taking off all the dials and such, the overlay just peels right off. this is what you are working with.
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now this glue doesnt exactly come off easily...tried googone, rubbing alcohol, paint thinner, and gasoline...nope, good old scraping is the only way. i scraped with a small utlility knife, a big one doesnt work, smaller the blade the easier. it took me about 15 min to do a 1 inch square, YES so the whole scraping part took over 6 hours at least. this is what the glue looks like when its scraped off.
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after all the scraping of the glue, you scrap off the red part of the overlay, well only if you want something other than red
you get this
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this is the original from my dash
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and this is after i scraped off the glue and red in the test cluster
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NOW FOR BLUE
i taped it all off with masking tape
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and then painted it with this TRANSLUCENT blue stained glass paint
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now at this point, when i hold it up against my desk lamp, it appears VERY BLUE!! exactly how i wanted
so this is how i pictured it would go
ORIGINAL
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ATTN: this is just a photoshoped image of how i wanted it
HOW I WANTED IT
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so i say hey, lets put this thing together.
i go grab some super 77 3m spray adhesive, and spray the whole back. then put it all together, including the entire dash, run out to the car and plug it in. I SEE NOTHING!!??!

i was very pissed by this point

i take the dash off to go for a drive to see the lady. then it hits me!!!!!! the adhesive is not like the GM stuff, its OPAGUE, not TRANSLUCENT! so i run home to see if it had dried yet

IT HAD

at this point, i am right were i started. i had to rescrape it all over, remask it, repaint it, and this time i didnt glue it. i just used double stick tape on the parts with no light going through.

so it goes back together again...

install it, and OH NO...the lights are GREEN!!!!!!!!!

so i give up...throw it all in the corner of my room...for 2 weeks...

then i get the idea of using blue LED'*, so i order 100 3mm blue 45* led'* off ebay. the seller F*cks up and sends me 5mm bulbs, another setback!! they were from CHINA so i had to wait anothter 1.5 weeks to get em. When i get them i try to make it so there are 3 leds in each bulb socket, along with a resistor. this works fine, but takes a long time to make just one. i installed it in the dash and the 45* bulbs, werent spread out enough, they were like spot lights on certain areas...

SO I GAVE UP AGAIN

sat in the corner for weeks until i moved up at college again. it was taking up space on the floor, so i decided to put the stock bulbs back in and just go with it. sick of not having a boost and gas gauge.

INSTALLED YESTERDAY
what ive got to say:
the red film that i scraped off the original dash must have had some sort of light dispersing technology to is, cuz its not near as bright anymore. but the pictures do dim it quite a bit.

here are some NON PHOTOSHOPED images of the final project
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here are the blue led'* that are in the doors now, the light up WAY more than the stockers
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center console with blue leds in the buttons
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LASTLY, may as well throw in the carbon fiber dash overlay from decalgirl.com, if not not up to date on this, here ya go
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...2275&highlight

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WHEW!!!! what a finger workout...im done
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Hey those Blue Spotlights were cool in the doors, when i saw them a couple times last few weeks, even if it was the only light in your car.... I may go blue just cause i like it :p Got any leftovers?

Damn fine work bro. Ever considered getting some brighter bulbs, or cranking up the juice a little? I'm wanting to open up my fried TC Button pod, so maybe you can help me out
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Looks good!
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that looks really good...nice work
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I have to admire your dedication. I would have had that thing in the garbage can after about 1 hour in the first scraping session.

Did you consider blue tinted film at all? Similar to how another member changed a Pioneer faceplate to red? I think it'* for sale so check out that section for details.
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Absolutely amazing I am simply amazed how much dedication you had to that project and it turned out nicely. I love how you changed the whole color scheme and the door leds look awesome that bright. I also like the carbon fiber dash. Nice work!
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I have to admire your dedication. I would have had that thing in the garbage can after about 1 hour in the first scraping session.

Did you consider blue tinted film at all? Similar to how another member changed a Pioneer faceplate to red? I think it'* for sale so check out that section for details.
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Wow.... it would have been nice if it was brighter.... but I've gotta give you props for doing something so different.

Myself... I took the easy route and just did the RLD mod to my Bonnies (seeing how red was already a Pontiac color)..... but to change everything to blue took a lot of work.

Good job and very interesting write up... esp for anyone who wants to tackle such a project.
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how hard is it to change the the lights (LEDs?) in the driver column .. P R N O D 2 1???
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how hard is it to change the the lights (LEDs?) in the driver column .. P R N O D 2 1???
they are all run off one bulb...there is a piece of plexiglass that transfers the light out of each whole...

i had it all apart, but didnt think to do that...it should be faily easy, but the bulb is a weird one, and leds would prolly be the best
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