Date registered: Jul 2004
Vehicle: 1987 560SEC Now 145K mi. (Summer 2016)
Location: Boston, MA area
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RE: Painting Instrument Needles
Below is a snap of my '87 560SEC speedo taken about a year ago. The instrument face marker numerals are FLAT (matte) as the instrument illumination reflects off the surface when the lights are on. The same is true with the indicator needle.
Indicator NeedIe finish: I think if the finish were gloss, there could be an objectionable reflection from the instrument lamps OR even during the daylight hours.....?
RE: Flourescent Orange...... I'm using a Mac which has a very different white point regarding the display. A PC (Windows OS) generally speaking uses a much cooler W. Point, therefore the image colors render quite differently, so it is hard (for me) to tell what it would look like. My sense is that the color might be a tad TOO bright..
I used to build model cars (plastic) in the 1960's and once used a beautiful 'Testors' brand metallic color spray on the body of a car. It looked GREAT at first, then as the finish dried, the surface texture became rough and 'alligatored' -- as the paint had not been expressly designed for plastic. Apparently either a component within the paint
or the propellant used, ate into the previously smooth finish. Bummer! Which is a very long way of saying: 'Test the paint on a surface that doesn't show first, before committing the entire needle.'
Thanks for reading, hope this is helpful.
PS: The instruments still appear the same as of yesterday, the 19th of October.