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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-22-2008, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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i must vent!

i must vent! i got my vn looking pretty good....but those damn guage bezels!!!!! aggghhh....look like crap....had to get that out
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Two options for dressing up those gauge bezels
Tape them off, sand them now and paint with either a black satin-matte paint or
paint them with plasti-grip.
Both finishes blend well with the black on the frame and actually it looks like it was meant to be that way.

If you use plasti-grip make sure you use a razor blade to cut along the tape edge sine the plasti-grip adheres well to the tape and will pull it from the painted surface when you remove the tape.
One added benefit of this is you have one less thing reflecting sunshine off your windshield and back at you.

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Two options for dressing up those gauge bezels
Tape them off, sand them now and paint with either a black satin-matte paint or
paint them with plasti-grip.
Both finishes blend well with the black on the frame and actually it looks like it was meant to be that way.

If you use plasti-grip make sure you use a razor blade to cut along the tape edge sine the plasti-grip adheres well to the tape and will pull it from the painted surface when you remove the tape.
One added benefit of this is you have one less thing reflecting sunshine off your windshield and back at you.
whats involved with removing the gauges?
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Gauges are held on by a bolt and the corresponding cables.
Unscrew the bolt on the back of the bucket, slide the bucket out of the way and disconnect.

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Gauges are held on by a bolt and the corresponding cables.
Unscrew the bolt on the back of the bucket, slide the bucket out of the way and disconnect.
thanks dianna, i thought there was more involved.
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thanks dianna, i thought there was more involved.
There's more to it if you try to get inside the gauges

I'm thinking of painting the entire gauge housing satin black, not just the bezels


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They must have changed materials at some point to reduce costs cuz my '86 bezels still look great. Of course, the tach doesn't work right but I guess you can't have everything.

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Sorry but I'm hijacking the thread for a bit .....

Have everything to get the bike back on the road, new motor (thanks ccspinner), rebuilt carbs ready for the ear shave, new rubber, new battery, repairs made to the charging system, and the exhaust mods are well underway........

Now I'm being held up by the pilot jets that won't be here for another two weeks minimum.

Ok ... feel better ... you can resume the thread

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There's more to it if you try to get inside the gauges

I'm thinking of painting the entire gauge housing satin black, not just the bezels

allready picked up some satin black, just gonna shoot the bezels though. just been procrastinating this one.
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Hey Dutter,

Here is what mine look like after the refinish:

https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...00&ppuser=4374

https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showp...00&ppuser=4374

I really like the look of the black bezel. I went opposite with the voltmeter by design.

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