Speedometer Pointer Paint Renewal

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by teletech, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. Sep 18, 2017
    teletech

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    My speedometer bezel looked really awful, so I removed it and repainted it. I was getting ready to put it back on and thought it was a pity the rest of the speedo looked great but the pointer was all bleached out...
    So, does anybody have any advice for repainting the needle?
    I was thinking a small airbrush rig and some fluorescent orange paint, but if somebody knows a rattle-can or paint code, that would be great.

    thanks,
     
  2. Sep 18, 2017
    homersdog

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    I haven't check, but there is probably a fluorescent orange rattle can in the model paints at Hobby Lobby or your local hobby shop.
     
  3. Sep 18, 2017
    Focker

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    I would think it has to be lite no matter what you choose.
     
  4. Sep 18, 2017
    timgr

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    I bought some fluorescent orange for this purpose in a bottle at my local Michael's craft store. Air brush paint. Just use a brush with a 3x5 card behind the needle as masking. The air brush paint is thin, and needed a few coats. I don't think you'll be able to tell the difference between brushed-on and sprayed-on for this application.
     
  5. Oct 5, 2017
    OleBlue

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    My original orange paint flaked off in one piece so I’m digging the chrome needle.
     
  6. Oct 5, 2017
    Howard Eisenhauer

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    I used fingernail polish :whistle:
     
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    Focker

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    I'm not sure he wants hot pink Howard.
     
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    Walt Couch

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    I just took a 8x11 sheet of paper and cut a slit from the middle of one side and cut to the center. Slid the slit under the needle to the pointer shaft. Overlapped the two ends at the slit to close the gap in the slit to stop over spray. Or put an extra piece of paper under the slit to stop any spray through. Isprayed it with SPECIAL PURPOSE Krylon Flourescent 3102 yellow orange. Also did the fuel and Temp pointers at the same time. Looks good to me. Did mine a few years ago and still looks good.
     
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  9. Nov 25, 2017
    aallison

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    Used orange paint and a brush. Looks fine. Seems to work. As someone said, very light coats and don't build.
     
  10. Dec 12, 2017 at 10:19 AM
    NCRenII

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    Radio Control Car/Plane shop will have the paint
    Amazon also sells a white-out sized bottle with brush
     

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