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I only want to change one thing. I am looking for a clearer/darker blue tint for the clock. I use the term "looking" loosely though, if I come across something better I'll change it, but I'm not actively searching. I am going to get my windows re-tinted this week, so maybe I'll find something there.
The mods are in this post, #1, and post #10.
OK, so earlier I posted about a mod to the AC controls, but I wasn't sure what I was going to do. This is a walk through of what I ended up doing.
EDIT- For additional views of the AC control check this thread - http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/106324-ac-controls-disassembly-pics.html
First thing, changing the LEDs.
Get two 3mm 3v LEDs in your chosen color for the AC and air recirculate buttons. I went with blue.
Completely open up the AC control until you are looking at the circuit board.
Remove the two amber LEDs.
Install your two new LEDs, maintaining correct polarity. The base on my LEDs had a flat side to help with this, the red backwards "D" indicates the correct way.
I swapped one out, and then checked it in the truck to make sure I was doing it right. I would suggest doing this. You don't have to reassemble the whole thing, just the fan control knob on the left.
-Now, if you just wanted to do the LED swap you're done. But if you want to change the color of the buttons keep going
Now, as I'm sure you've read, the AC control face is painted on, so there isn't a way (yet) to change that color to anything other than red.
The buttons are also painted, but....the amber paint is on the backside, which means you can strip it without touching the silver face.
I used a Dremel to carefully, CAREFULLY take off the amber paint.
EDIT - Aquilla1 found a safer/easier way to do it.
discovered that you can remove the amber/orange paint from the inside of the AC/Recirculate buttons using a Q-tip and fingernail polish remover (acetate)
Yep, that's a before and after.
Yes, it is completely clear. Yes, you can make the buttons any color you want (providing you have a way to tint them that color.) I kept the blue theme going.
I looked around the house and found an old binder divider with a blue tab.
I then cut it and glued it into the back side of the buttons.
All of this has led to this -
The blue LEDs are sweet, but the real star it the blue backlight. It is the exact same color as the blue on the temp dial. I love it.
I am only about half done. I still need to make the dial pointers blue, and the face backlight a deep red. The clock assembly is getting a blue makeover too. Once thats done it will be a perfect match to my cluster. I have a new radio HU on the way too so that will match as well.
I will continue to update as I finish up the things I listed.