Clean gauge faces and lettering or buy repop?
This has probably been asked and answered multiple times, and if so, I apologize for that. I did search the forums and internet and can't seem to find a suitable answer that works for me.
I'm attempting to clean and refresh a set of round (SS) gauges. See photo.
Based on what I've read, I tried some cleaning products and processes on older sacrificial fuel and speedo gauges, before touching these. I tried Qtips, cottonballs, water, Windex, denatured alcohol. All of them seemed to damage, not only the lettering, but even leave streaks on the black. The lettering is especially sensitive, as many members have cautioned me about already. They were right.
I'm afraid I've gotten into something I shouldn't have. As much as I prefer to have original gauges, I'm now thinking instead to sell these and just buy a set of repop gauges. Someone looking for originals, with restoration experience, can buy then take on the restoration task.
At this point I'm asking myself does it really matter if my tach has 2 screws (repop) instead of 3 (original)? Are the repops any good? I'm just building a non-SS driver.
FWIW I spent $350 for the full tach gauge cluster and another $55 for a new printed circuit board so far.
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Last edited by TK-70; Jul 31st, 20 at 11:09 AM.