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i am playing around with an extra cluster right now, and it is possible to sand off the color backing on the gauges. after doing this sometimes people buy colored scotch tape and put a layer of it behind where they wanted it to show(especially on the needles). I was also under the impression that a whiteboard marker might work. *** if you plan to take off the gauge covers be very careful in seperating it from the cluster itself. Do not use heat because the covers will warp and then never sit right again***
if you paint them, be very careful! i did that with mine, and they turned out looking like crap because of it streaking (it looked good if you held them up to a light, but once it was together it was a hole different ball game). if were to do it again (i now have a indiglo cluster cover with flames) i would just scratch the factory coating off the back, and use l.e.d. in the cluster.