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Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by DV8OR » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:19 pm

I searched but did not find anything on this.
I am rebuilding my gauge cluster and have it completely dissembled so I also want to refresh it, particularly the inside. I notice it has this odd texture to it kind of like, for lack of a better word, stippling. I don't think that is the factory finish as it smears very easily.
So a few questions
1. Am i correct in thinking that is not factory
2. If is is not factory what is the correct finish color flat,matte, satin??

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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by GRNSHRK » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:24 pm

Hey DV8OR, don't have an answer to your question, but as a board moderator, I am going to move your thread to the Interior section, where you will likely get more responses [-o<

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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by DV8OR » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:33 pm

Thank you.
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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by Da_Hose » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:37 am

Run around the interwebz and look for a flocking kit. Another option that could be interesting is plasti-dip. Although it isn't intended as a permanent product like flocking.

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Post by bpoliakoff » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:29 pm

If you have the front glass off, go to a company that does displays, as in store displays if you have one close by, and have them flock it for you. The finish will be unbelievable. The cost negligible. I did this in the glove compartment of a car I was restoring years ago and was much more than pleased.
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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by DV8OR » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:05 pm

so that "stippling" is factory?
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Post by bpoliakoff » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:25 pm

Flocking is not stippling. Flocking is kind of a fine "fuzzy" almost velvet like finish if that is what you are calling stippling. Stippling is a type of paint finish
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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by DV8OR » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:07 pm

Thank you for the reply but I do know the difference. I was using the term "stippling" because the inside of my cluster, behind the clear plastic, has a lot of texturing to it that looks like a lot of little raised dots. not a a fuzzy coating.
Was I was asking is are all these little raised dots a factory finish or not.
I just went and looked at my parts e24 and it has it too it is just it does not look as uniform as the one I am refreshing.
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Post by bpoliakoff » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:14 pm

Flocking is what it should be, Maybe to you it looks like a lot of little dots. Possibly from years of sun? However flocking is correct as Jose has said . The inside of your glove compartment should be flocked as an example. Maybe if there is a display company where you live you could go over there and see. Problem is, to refinish the panel what ever way you choose to refinish it, you will have to get the clear plastic off and that is a night mare in itself. If you are able to do that, you will end up with a beautiful as new looking panel
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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by DV8OR » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:39 pm

It definitely is not flock as I have flocked items before.
I already have the clear plastic off so that is not an issue
Here is a pic that might clear some things up
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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by randall977 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:45 pm

Just been delving into my brinicle this evening... The finish on yours looks quite different from both of mine (82 and 85) - quite course and stippled - but it does look original. I have found that the glue is water based and dissolves quite easily.

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Post by DV8OR » Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:55 pm

I have a 88 and a 89 clusters so I wonder if something changed
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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by panthercity » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:41 pm

My '85 E24 Euro's original cluster had the same look. I assumed it was heat damage since it smeared when I tried to clean it. It was as if the original coating had disintegrated. I ended up replacing it with one in much better condition without the speckles and the smears I made trying to clean it.
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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by DV8OR » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:44 pm

panthercity wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:41 pm
My '85 E24 Euro's original cluster had the same look. I assumed it was heat damage since it smeared when I tried to clean it. It was as if the original coating had disintegrated. I ended up replacing it with one in much better condition without the speckles and the smears I made trying to clean it.
What was the finish of the newer cluster? Matte? Satin?
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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by panthercity » Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:13 am

The "new" cluster was from an older car '83 but was in better condition. The color is the same as the one in your picture but the finish is more even without a pronounced speckled appearance.

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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by bigboystoy » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:19 am

I'm glad this question has been asked as mine is exactly the same. I have to pull the gauges out soon and was going to clean it up and replace the clear plastic as it has a crack. I thought at first the gauge surround had mould but the finish looks too uniform so I changed my thoughts to it being a factory finish. If it 'smears' it sounds like a coating/paint finish that has failed.

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Re: Gauge Cluster Finish

Post by DV8OR » Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:13 pm

bigboystoy wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:19 am

DV80R - how did you get the plastic off.
I am not sure if I was lucky or not but they came of with minimal effort, a little prying here and there.The glue was so old that is just wasn't holding well. 1 was about 75% still glued and the other was about 50%

Be careful though because it seems like the plastic can crack easily
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