05 to 08 models
09 to 11 with the Max A/C text – looks the same on the inside as the 05-08 one. This one has 9 blue rectangles and Max A/C text instead of a 10th blue rectangle. Under the Max A/C it is painted black to not let light in.
Parts and Equipment list
Climate control dials
White spray paint
Black spray paint
Clear Matte or Flat spray paint
Blue spray paint
Red spray paint
Adhesive inkjet vinyl sheets for the decals
Exact-o knife or razor blades
See here for taking it apart: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...mbly-pics.html There are 7 screws to take out.
The silver and amber layers are a plastic type overlay that will just peel right off after the silver edges are detached from the black control dial body.
Warning the silver dials are easily broken, if you plan to save them, take your time removing them.
Make a cut around the silver and black area to separate the two.
See this post for removable of the silver layer:
Print out temporary labels to cut out for painting the outlines. Painting template for decal.psd
Use a razor blade or exact-o to cut the outlines out. Scissors will work for everything except the blue and red area, the outline will be needed for painting.
Before putting the blue dial label on to keep it from being painted, scrap of the black paint around the area where the max a/c text will be.
Tape off all areas that do not need to be white:
White paint layer for the icons
After the white paint is completely dry, apply the icon cut outs over the white paint. Line up the shapes with the outlines under the white paint by shining light through the dials. Do not remove the labels for the red and blue areas.
Red dial paint
Peel off the label hiding the red dial’s area then use the dial outline to mask the black paint. Cover all other areas.
Painting finished, Peel off all the labels covering up the white areas.
Ready for the vinyl:
Vinyl print out
Inkjet Clear Glossy Vinyl
Printer use: Cannon MG6120
Files for printing in both Photoshop and in jpeg format.
NO Max A/C on the dial: PSD file, JPEG file
WITH Max A/C on the dial: PSD file, JPEG file
www.gimp.org is an open source program that is free that supports Photoshop files.
Print out a test page to plain paper to make sure the scaling is correct before printing on the vinyl.
After printing before installation:
The instructions from Papilo/Texascaft were to use a laminate aerosol, I use good old matte clear spray paint, to seal it up and take the gloss out. The spray didn’t stop the vinyl from stretching when heated up.
Installing the new dial decals:
Trim the clear vinyl out to make the dial’s shape. These will be larger than the dials themselves but you need it to cover the edges.
Putting the decal on the dials:
- Pill away the backing to the adhesive decal.
- Hold the dials up to the light to align the icon’s background and the decal.
- Use the hair drier to form the vinyl to the front of the dials, taking out the wrinkles and any bubbles,
- After the front is installed:
- Heat the vinyl up as you do this part.
- On the inside part of the dial, make small cuts in the vinyl but not where you will see it after the knobs are on. This is so you can stick the vinyl to the inside of the dials, were the knobs will go.
- Now stretch the vinyl around the outside edges. Smooth it out as much as possible by stretching the vinyl out and getting it to stick the outside of the dial.
- I put a rubber band around the dials to keep pressure on the vinyl, while it cooled down and the adhesive set in.
I also sprayed matte clear spray paint afterwards to give it a finished smooth look.
A/C and Air recirculation button
I followed m3zy6 write up for changing the button’s color. Thank you for posting it.
I added in the black vinyl to fit into the theme of all black and white.
Light for the dials
http://www.oznium.com/corvette-c5-led 2 of these to go in place of the stock ones. They are powered with a (+) and (-) side, if they do not light up when first put in, back out and rotate 180 degrees and put back in
The twists LED are a close fit, not exact but close enough to stay in. They can be made out of the current twist bulb with a 5mm LED and a 470ohm resistor.
Since the LED's are 120 viewing angle, that doesn’t exactly cover all the little light tunnels to get to all the icons. I added in aluminum foil to reflect the light right. Before it is basically pointing straight forward and not towards the light tunnels.
Selector knobs- replacing the amber inserts
The hard way: Take EasyMold and make molds of the amber inserts, then make casts with EasyCast clear epoxy. Then lightly spray paint the outside with white paint
The easy way:
Clear hot glue works to replace the amber inserts. Tape off the front side to get a smooth finish, and add the hot glue in from the back side. Try to get the least amount of hot glue in there to keep light being cut down.
Front side triangles
Add a little white spray paint dabbed on the outside to show up during the daytime