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    Yes 100% 1 man job.

    You do need the silicone pipe with the slit in though!

    Has worked perfectly every time for me and I do the brakes the same way.

    You know you have teh pump on as you hear it buzz for up to about 30 seconds (longer and there is something wrong according to wsm)

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    Never really liked the after market aluminium rings on my dials so pulled them off the central console but never got round to doing the speedo binnacle. Anyway, I do prefer the look of the 355 silvered gauges and after watching a program about a canning factory I thought I'd try something similar!

    I thought I'd practice on the end of a jar so taped some old wallpaper down to the floor, sprayed it with silver paint and then carefully place teh jar on the paper (briefly).

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    Looked good enough for me :-)

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    The target....disassembled the gauges from the console and the bezels from the gauges

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    Progressing onto grease proof paper now - all very serious!

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    Sprayed the greaseproof paper quite generously with paint

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    And then very gently placed the dial gauge on rocking it ever so slightly

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    Not bad for first attempt. As it was drying I used a bit of panel wipe to smarten up the inner edge.

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    Strangely they just didn't look right then by chance I read a post about a 355 and it showed that the bezels are are painted not just on the tips but down the sides which I was surprised about so I taped up the insides and tried spraying the outside too

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    And with tape removed

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    And back in the panel

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    I think I like them :-)

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    I did my best not to take too many bits apart to get the console panel out

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    One thing I did try and fix is to put a tiny bit pf bathroom sealant on the underside of teh gear shift below as it keeps folding into the gear shift gate - grrrr!!!

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    With everything back in place - they actually look far better in real life (IMO)

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    Comparison of my painted gauges vs the after market aluminium bezels (which are far too thick IMO)

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    Blue peter has nothing on you

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    Looks good. Well worth the effort.

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    Just had my email calendar reminder through.....got the car 8 years ago today!!! :-)

    About 20 mins into ownership I took a photo with the Laxey Wheel for "import" purposes (didn't need it as it happens).

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    i think they stand out better, draws your attention to them.
    nice one

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    Cheers guys- I'm going to do the other gauges as son as I get a moment :-)
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    Looking good

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    Well I thought it was about time I did a bit of an update! Plenty of work has taken place and photographed by I've got lazy about uploading them LOL

    Anyway, I've had squeaky front brakes pretty much since I've owned the car. I bought a new/old caliper from Maranello that I fitted a while back that cured that side. I then bought a very low mileage and in as new condition caliper......but I've never got round to fitting it! :-(

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    First job was to paint it so masked off the pistons, tracks etc...

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    Once masked I gave it about 4 coats IIRC until I had a nice deep red - this was just after the 1st coat. Caliper was then left to dry for a week so it was thoroughly hard.

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