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changed control color

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by s10nick, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Jan 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM
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    s10nick

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    Has any one changed the color of there air/heat controls i know alot of people are doing there clusters but what about the air controls? im going to change my cluster so i would like to change that at the same time so it all is the same.
     
  2. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM
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    Those controls dont use leds, they are painted. It would be a pain to take off the old paint and repaint them the color you want...
     
  3. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:04 PM
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    yeah i know that i thought it would be like my s10 and just have caps on the bulb or over the symboles so i took it all apart to find that out. i was wondering if any one had done it and has tips to do it. might not be worth doing.
     
  4. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:09 PM
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    oh ok, yeah i haven't heard of anybody doing it but if you do happen to try it let me know. :D
     
  5. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:18 PM
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    ok thanks for the help anyways! i will let you know what happens and if i do how it turns out
     
  6. Jan 27, 2010 at 8:50 PM
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    its orange plastic sandwiched between clear plastic on the inside and the painted symbols on the outside. you can make them red...but thats about it. and yes, its only two bulbs.
     
  7. Jan 27, 2010 at 9:14 PM
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    is there any way to get that out i want them to just be white
     
  8. Jan 27, 2010 at 9:31 PM
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    no, like i said, its sandwiched between....but if you can figure it out, you'll be the first around here that has done it...guys have been working on it for nearly 5 years and have yet to succeed...;)

    you get the choice of red or amber, or whatever ugly color blue light and orange plastic will produce!!
     
  9. Jan 27, 2010 at 9:33 PM
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    shit brown awwsome!! haha ok im sure i can figure out something just need to ponder it some more
     
  10. Jan 28, 2010 at 8:29 AM
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    it will require you getting the OEM graphics printed on some clear plastic that is molded to match the OEM. that is the only way...trust me! like i have said, no one in the 5 years of the current taco has successfully changed the color. there was a guy that sort of did it, but his decal painting sucked....nothing against him, its just too hard to do it.
     
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    Its an orange coating under the paint on the face of the plastic. You can sand down the face and get the orange off, but the problem is that its very difficult to repaint the icons on.

    And... I have successfully changed mine to Red.
     
  12. Jan 28, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    i just want them to be white and how did u sand it down with a deremil or something? beacuse im changing my cluster to a white face with blue needles. i have heard its easy to change it to red its just a diffrent bulb.
     
  13. Jan 28, 2010 at 9:38 AM
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    I didnt sand mine. You can do red without sanding.
     
  14. Jan 28, 2010 at 9:47 AM
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    yeah its just a a red bulb ok well thanks for the help and advice
     
  15. Jan 28, 2010 at 9:48 AM
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    I recently bought a stereo microscope. I plan on trying to remove the orange paint using some fine tools, i.e. dissecting tools or X-acto etc. using a clamp and decent magnification. Idea is to remove the paint only from the orsnge icon area. Even if it works, it will be time consuming, and results are likely to be erratic. And no, I'll only be attempting this one time, on my own dash.

    I'm busy with other things, and this is way down on the list of to do's. Eventually I'll give it a shot, and report back then. Thought I'd put my idea out there. There may even be others with a 'scope willing to try.....wink wink.
     
  16. Jan 28, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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    i wounldnt want you to do it its my truck i will would do it so if it gets Fed up its my fault im just trying to figure out the best way to do it thats why i was asking if any one has done it and if they would do it again. like i said earlyer it might not even be worth it to do it if its goning to take a week to do and is going to end up lookin like ass wouldnt be worth doin in my book
     
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    I actually built a custom LED array for mine.
     
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    o nice strong work!!
     
  19. Jan 28, 2010 at 10:05 AM
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    Inside is a very complicated light pipe. so to get even coverage with LEDs you will need to build a custom array.
     
  20. Jan 28, 2010 at 10:09 AM
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    Hey s10nick, I wasn't replying directly to you saying I won't do the "dissection" to other trucks, that was a generic "don't ask" to everyone reading the thread.

    My fingers are too big, hands too unsteady and eyes too old to even think about it!! My truck, well I bought a truck, it's not meant to stay pretty!! If I F it up, my bad but I can live with it.
     
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