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05+ Climate control back light and face color change

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Jones, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Feb 1, 2011 at 7:26 PM
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    Jones

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    2005 to 2011 Climate control back light and face color change to black
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    Stock dials
    05 to 08 models
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    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.
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    Parts and Equipment list
    Climate control dials
    masking tape
    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
    Hair dryer
    Exact-o knife or razor blades



    See here for taking it apart: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/106324-ac-controls-disassembly-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.
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    See this post for removable of the silver layer:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/li...back-light-face-color-change.html#post2701163

    Paint used:
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    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.
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    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:
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    White paint layer for the icons
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    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.
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    Black paint
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    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.
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    Blue paint
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    Painting finished, Peel off all the labels covering up the white areas.
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    Ready for the vinyl:
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    Vinyl print out
    Inkjet Clear Glossy Vinyl
    http://www.texascraft.com/hps/home.php?cat=253
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/106431-my-ac-controls-light-mod-how.html

    I added in the black vinyl to fit into the theme of all black and white.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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
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    Finished product

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  2. Feb 5, 2011 at 5:39 PM
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    Cape Codder

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    Nice Job
    Thanks for the Write-Up

    .
     
  3. Feb 6, 2011 at 1:32 PM
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    Changing the A/C dials from being back-lite with amber to white isn't impossible.

    Start with disassembling everything.
    Then where the silver outer cover needs to be separated from black body of the dials.
    Cut around the outside and inside where the silver meets the black plastic.
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    The inside can be trimmed out a little bit to help with the next step.
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    The silver outer cover is glued to the black plastic, and will need to be worked apart with something thin and strong. I used an end of a zip-tie. Do this on top and on the sides where the silver is. Do not stretch the silver to much or it will tear or stay deformed.
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    All done removing the silver outer covers of the dials.
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    Scrap the amber paint off the silver layer from the backside. Try to use a wide blade to not leave little scratches in the clear plastic.
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    Lightly paint the backside in a thin layer of white paint. This is mainly for contrast on the front side with the silver and to make it look like the radio's buttons.
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    The A/C and recirculation buttons, take acetone/nail polish remover and a q-tip to dissolve and clean off the amber paint.
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    Add in LED lights, I recommend these from Oznium Link

    To get the light to shin evenly, I added tin foil for the lights to reflect to the light frame inside the dials. The foil needs to attach to the plastic dials then put the clear plastic light tunnels in before reassembling the electronics and backing together.
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    Reassembly
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  4. Feb 6, 2011 at 1:37 PM
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    Wow. Nice job. That's a lot of work!
     
  5. Feb 7, 2011 at 2:57 PM
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    Man, that looks like a pain in the @ss. But looks to be worth the trouble because the end result looks killer!

    Did you do anything to mod the lighting of your gauges too?

    The stock amber panel lighting is one thing I've never been a fan of with Tacos in general -- there's something cheap looking about it.
     
  6. Feb 7, 2011 at 4:35 PM
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    A lot of work just to have VDub interior... looks cool, though.
     
  7. Feb 7, 2011 at 4:44 PM
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  8. Feb 7, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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    I changed everything. Gauges, auto on the window switch, steering wheel controls, radio, and the clock( picked up an 09+ with LEDs on ebay).
     
  9. Feb 10, 2011 at 10:11 PM
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    Good call on the VW look -- I was just thinking that it looks like the lighting in my buddy's Jetta.
     
  10. Feb 10, 2011 at 10:11 PM
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    Do you have pix of the gauges?
     
  11. Mar 5, 2011 at 7:18 AM
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    Sorry I missed this, I would have replied sooner but I over looked it.

    Here ya go.
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    Anyone giving this a shot out there?
     
  12. Mar 5, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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    Beautiful Job !
    Only thing keepin' me from doin' it is Time, Ability, and Fear :ballchain:

    CC
     
  13. Mar 7, 2011 at 6:25 PM
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    IF you're ever in laredo hit me up id love to get this done
     
  14. Mar 7, 2011 at 6:36 PM
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    damn thats alot of work but job well done i want to do it but thats alot of work to change it so ima leave it be
     
  15. Jun 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM
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    Jones, do you have a write or link to the light changes? I've seen dash but nothing for the digital clock, radio, etc...would much appreciate it.
     
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    I have some links saved over time.

    Digital clock for 2009+, not really a write up but it shows the pieces. It is very similar to the LCD on the odometer.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/87534-2010-clock-lcd-led-backlight.html
    and the air bag, seat belt
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/106431-my-ac-controls-light-mod-how.html#post2036191

    Stock head unit from an 05 to 09 radio, it is close to the same as the 10+ radio with a few more LEDs.
    http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t184748.html

    Steering wheel controls
    http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=225203&highlight=steering+wheel+leds
     
  17. Jul 26, 2011 at 1:37 PM
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    How difficult would it be to just change color of the lights in the HVAC? I wanted to go blue but was told it can't be done because the amber paper is sandwiched in there. would I have to go through all of those steps just to change the color or would it be a lot simpler than I was told?
     
  18. Jul 26, 2011 at 5:02 PM
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    No other simpler way that I can image. The amber layer is to close to the top or outside of the dials, taking the amber layer out from the backside is not possible. The amber layer is directly under the silver paint and it doesn't take much sanding to get to it. Luckily the amber layer is not all the way through the dials and can be taken off.

    Keeping the silver color of the dials should be possible, you just have to print the black parts in silver and then leave the white spray paint step out. Maybe a light coat of the VHT night shade for tail light tinting could be used to create the dark background for the icons and letters but still let the light in when the lights are on.
     
  19. Aug 16, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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    OP, the link to DL the template no work??
     
  20. Aug 16, 2011 at 3:07 PM
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    I will fix it as soon I get back to my computer
     
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