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gauge faces -- what color?

PostPost by: sm03lotus » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:14 am

Back with another restoration question, please. Are the gauge faces (speedo and tach, especially) on a 1972 S130 Federal supposed to be dark gray or black? It's hard to tell if they were originally dark gray, or if they were black and just faded to dark gray.

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PostPost by: LaikaTheDog » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:18 pm

Black
They go grey with time, someone on here recently used baby oil to restore theirs, I used "back to black" bumper finish as a wipe.
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PostPost by: prezoom » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:28 pm

Mine are grey, with the exception of the outside temperature gauge.
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PostPost by: SGO 2F » Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:38 pm

Mine are grey, except for the clock which was replaced a few years ago.
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PostPost by: JonB » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:33 pm

Baby oil, that was me. There are pictures on the thread I wrote about it.

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Not sure how you’d restore a gauge by painting. How would you do the lettering and other legends?
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PostPost by: USA64 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:25 pm

isn't car wax supposed to remove -dead- paint? perhaps that or a finish restorer?
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PostPost by: sm03lotus » Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:24 am

Thanks, everyone, I greatly appreciate the help.
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