The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network







Register or Log In To remove these advertisements.

Go Back   The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network > 47 - Current classic GM Trucks > The 1967 - 1972 Chevrolet & GMC Pickups Message Board

Web 67-72chevytrucks.com


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-11-2017, 06:30 PM   #1
clay68c10
Registered User
 
clay68c10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Centennial, CO
Posts: 1,472
Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

I'm piecing together a tach/vac and have some nice original gauges from a couple of clusters. The faces all just need cleaned up and I'm wondering what the pros use.

The last one I had apart and freshened up was 10+ years ago and I think(??) I used non-ammonia glass cleaner. I do remember that the green lettering/lines did seem to want to come off with any more than very light pressure.
Thanks in advance
__________________
68 C10 Bought in 89, wrecked in 03. Slow low $ rebuild started '17.
68 Cadillac Sedan de Ville
93 K1500 Short Step, 350, NV4500, EBL flash ECU. Vortec heads & roller cam someday...
02 E320
13 Tahoe LTZ
clay68c10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2017, 06:36 PM   #2
davepl
Registered User
 
davepl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Redmond, WA
Posts: 5,474
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

Reminds me of my horror story of finding a rally gauge cluster for a 1969 Bonneville and having the lettering "wipe off". Like a punch to the gut...

I'd try dry-dusting it with a soft paint brush perhaps?
__________________
1970 GMC Sierra Grande Custom Camper - Built, not Bought
davepl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2017, 06:53 PM   #3
demian5
Registered User
 
demian5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Lake Forest, CA
Posts: 803
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

Quote:
Originally Posted by davepl View Post
Reminds me of my horror story of finding a rally gauge cluster for a 1969 Bonneville and having the lettering "wipe off". Like a punch to the gut...

I'd try dry-dusting it with a soft paint brush perhaps?
That happens when cleaning turn signal stuff on 80s cars. Its such a bummer...
__________________
"Work hard, use your vacation days."
1970 C15 GMC Long Bed
1986 C20 Scottsdale (grandpa truck)
1964 Impala SS
1959 Austin Healey 100-6 BN6
demian5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2017, 08:03 PM   #4
dfwright
Senior Member
 
dfwright's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 1,280
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

I ruined a temperature gauge with just mild soapy water and a soft rag learning this lesson. The green paint that the letters and gauge marks is applied with will smear right off with any kind of liquid or pressure used to clean them.
__________________
1972 C10 LWB, 350/350

A few pictures of the restoration progress
dfwright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2017, 09:22 PM   #5
turp mcspray
Senior Member
 
turp mcspray's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Rapid City South Dakota
Posts: 2,332
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

I just use a soft brush. Hopefully they are just dusty, and not covered with heavy grunge.
__________________
Turp Mcspray
New life for an old 2wd, farm blazer
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=505987
My Blazer build http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=342299
turp mcspray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2017, 09:34 PM   #6
midniteblues
Registered User
 
midniteblues's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: strausstown pa
Posts: 3,262
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

I had good luck with a damp cotton swab to clean the guage faces.
Some testors paint for the needles.
Maguires plastic Polish works too clean up the lense.
Just be carefull of the lettering and be sure to have good clean soft rags for polishing a lense.
__________________
81 camaro 355 4/spd 342 posi my first love.
67 swb step 454/4spd ott 373 posi 4/7 drop.
71 c20 4x4 400/4 spd....01 sporty 883.
2000 s10 zr2 little blue truck that never gets stuck.
09 hhr. Momma's wagon. 06 chevy cobalt,blue light special
'74 heald super bronc vt8. tecumseh powered moon rover.
midniteblues is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2017, 09:44 PM   #7
custom10nut
Registered User
 
custom10nut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Columbia SC (temp) East Tn (soon)
Posts: 954
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

I smudged my tach when I tried ti freshen up the brown staining on the green hah marks. Now I have to try to fix it when I have some spare time. Next time I'll know to not be so aggressive when trying to clean them
custom10nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2017, 10:55 PM   #8
clay68c10
Registered User
 
clay68c10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Centennial, CO
Posts: 1,472
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

Some good ideas so far, thanks.

The Meguiars plastic polish does work miracles on the lens, I do remember using that last time.

I didn't have the green totally come off like some of you guys, but I could tell it was delicate.

Any other tricks??

TBONE1964??
__________________
68 C10 Bought in 89, wrecked in 03. Slow low $ rebuild started '17.
68 Cadillac Sedan de Ville
93 K1500 Short Step, 350, NV4500, EBL flash ECU. Vortec heads & roller cam someday...
02 E320
13 Tahoe LTZ
clay68c10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2017, 11:57 PM   #9
'68OrangeSunshine
Senior Member
 
'68OrangeSunshine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Tucson, AZ USA
Posts: 3,907
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

I tried to clean a gauge bezel lens one time. I used mild castile soap and warm water. Totally wiped out the light green lettering. Lucky it was just a junkyard piece I was experimenting on, but I learned my lesson.
__________________


Every 25 years I like to rebuild that 292, whether it needs it or not.
'68OrangeSunshine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2017, 12:23 AM   #10
Gromit
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Central Coast, CA
Posts: 437
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

Member GMCJOE did an excellent post on this topic a while back;

I just looked on the Krylon site to see if their "Jade Satin" was still available and sadly no dice.

But his post was very helpful and I think there must be a close enough match still on the Krylon site but maybe just under a different color name?

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...13#post7742013

Glad I saw your post though; I was just about to go about replacing my Temp Gauge and I woulda sprayed the whole glass with foam glass cleaner for sure if I hadn't seen this post.
Gromit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2017, 06:11 AM   #11
randy.powell
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Bushwood, MD
Posts: 256
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

Depending on your budget the answer is T-Bone!
randy.powell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2017, 07:09 AM   #12
clay68c10
Registered User
 
clay68c10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Centennial, CO
Posts: 1,472
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

My budget is is minimal, I was hoping he might chime in with some info tho. He does really good work for sure.
__________________
68 C10 Bought in 89, wrecked in 03. Slow low $ rebuild started '17.
68 Cadillac Sedan de Ville
93 K1500 Short Step, 350, NV4500, EBL flash ECU. Vortec heads & roller cam someday...
02 E320
13 Tahoe LTZ
clay68c10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2017, 10:42 AM   #13
72blu
Registered User
 
72blu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Toronto
Posts: 61
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

Did this job yesterday. I used a microfiber rag soaked with warm water and a little bit of dish soap. I only wiped and cleaned the side of the lens that doesn't have the printed lettering. For the other side, I used just a dry rag to clean off the dust. As for the gauges themselves, I used a damp cloth and wiped the faces clean. I used very little pressure to do this but I could see that if you used any more effort the letting may start to wipe off.
__________________
1978 SWB cheyenne A/C, power steering/brakes, 305, Tach, Gauges
1972 SWB Custom 10, gauges, cammed LQ9, M22

72blu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2017, 09:03 PM   #14
clay68c10
Registered User
 
clay68c10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Centennial, CO
Posts: 1,472
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

Success on the gauge faces! First I used a small paint brush to get the loose dust off, then a soft cloth with just a tiny bit of water. A very small amount of the green on the gauges came off, just enough to make my cloth slightly colored. It didn't fade the markings, but did shine up the black background nicely. Mine were pretty hazy under the dust when I started.
Attached Images
 
__________________
68 C10 Bought in 89, wrecked in 03. Slow low $ rebuild started '17.
68 Cadillac Sedan de Ville
93 K1500 Short Step, 350, NV4500, EBL flash ECU. Vortec heads & roller cam someday...
02 E320
13 Tahoe LTZ
clay68c10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2017, 10:15 PM   #15
'68OrangeSunshine
Senior Member
 
'68OrangeSunshine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Tucson, AZ USA
Posts: 3,907
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

Looks good.
__________________


Every 25 years I like to rebuild that 292, whether it needs it or not.
'68OrangeSunshine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2017, 11:01 PM   #16
Toads70
Registered User
 
Toads70's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Marietta Georgia
Posts: 8
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

https://youtu.be/migC6tOkFNU
This might help you he did well imo
Toads70 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2017, 11:46 PM   #17
slikside
Registered User
 
slikside's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: San Diego Co.
Posts: 980
Re: Cluster resto question, cleaning gauge faces?

Sub'd
__________________
1972 Chevy C-10, SWB, Fleet, 350/350, PS, PB, all stock, Survivor.
slikside is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 1997-2013 67-72chevytrucks.com