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What to do about the chrome gauges

Has anybody with the chrome gauges tried painting or powdercoating them? The chrome must go.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-22-2006, 08:19 PM
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Has anybody with the chrome gauges tried painting or powdercoating them? The chrome must go.
Painting sounds like the better path to follow. The chrome around the rim of the plastic guage housings is probably some kind of thin finish. If I was doing it would probably take measurements of the guage faces then cut a circle or 2 out of a piece of thick paper that covers the glass in the face really tight. then barely rough up the chrome finish with say 600 grit sandpaper. Then hit the rims with just a little semi-gloss spray paint.

Probably won't take much.

now that I think about it, I might do it to mine!

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I am pretty sure you can't powdercoat plastic. You should paint the outer casing with Krylon plastic paint, matte black of course. The shell is easy to take off. Not sure about the chrome rim, I didn't do that.

Or, you could just replace the gauges all together like did

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If you want pictures of the new gauges, you'll have to wait, my bike is still in the shop It's taking forever, but I think it's going to be cool when it's done.

If you want pictures of the painted gauges, let me know.

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What about painting the chrome headlight cover.

Sandpaper to rough up and spray paint as well?

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-22-2006, 10:43 PM
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Has anybody with the chrome gauges tried painting or powdercoating them? The chrome must go.
I agree. The chrome is lame lame lame. It looks cheap and tacky. Better plan though.... Just buy a non-chrome lower meter cover. The '02 and '03 were not that lame a$$ed chrome. I would have ordered the part the same day I took delivery of the '04 or later 9er, cept mine is an '03 with no chrome meter cover.

Here, looked on Service Honda and found your parts:

Description CASE ASSY. (LOWER)
Part Number: 37130-MCZ-003 - $57.82
or
Part Number: 37130-MCZ-601 - $56.83
Not sure which one is the chrome?.. probably the 601. Call first.


For $60 why mess with sanding prepping and painting? Sell your chrome one on eBay to recover your cost. I replaced the Top part of the meter once already and sold it on eBay no problem.. and it had massive swirls on it from sitting on the dealer showroom for a year and people touching it. The meter assembly is easy to remove and swap parts out. I got new swirls on mine and have got a spare already in my possession ready for the swap when they get a little worse. A mishap with a lexan unfriendly chemical in the garage forced me to polish the gauges. Turns out I got the spots completely off with only minor swirls as a side effect. I will wait till they are worse or I have a different reason to take off the meter before replacing. Point is.. it's easy. It's not the old school bucket type with sealed drop in gauges. You'll see.. much cleaner method to simply replace it.

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