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Old 02-02-2015, 05:27 PM   #1
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Question Changing Gauge backlighting for 2013 without mycolor

Hello all, I am so glad to have stumbled upon this website! I am trying to find the most logical way to change the backlit color of my instrument panel from the factory 'green' to more of a darker blue on my 2013 5.0. *I do not have the mycolor' option* I have read that you can lightly sand the backside of the stock gauge facing to remove the green film, or install LED's to replace the stock bulbs in the instrument panel. Has anyone experimented with this and had any success?? I also wanted to do the same for the backlighting on the radio and A/C controls. Thanks for any advice or inputs you may have.

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Welcome to the site.
When you are talking about the "instrument panel" if you mean "instrument cluster" there are no "bulbs" that you can change. You may could do something to the back lighting of your buttons on the radio and A/C, but not the cluster.
Here is a '13 Boss Cluster that I had apart to show the dual color .LCDs that it has but the firmware only allows the stock "ice blue" as my color is not an option on the Boss Cluster.
Here is pic that shows the LCD that lights up the "halo" in the cluster. The plastic halo is off.


Here the plastic Halo ring is in place to spread the light.



All of the LCDs under the gauge face are the same, 4color rgb LCDs that can make any color. The gauge face is not what makes the color, it is the light itself.
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So you can replace the bulbs for the AC and radio? If so do u know how this might be done?


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^^I don't know and would not think so. I do have a complete audio/climate control bezel and unit in my garage right now. I will check it out this afternoon. I do not believe there are actual "bulbs" behind the buttons though. I will check
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Thanks, I plan on doing matte black and some red accents throughout the car in the future and that would be a cool unique thing to do along with that.


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Thanks, I plan on doing matte black and some red accents throughout the car in the future and that would be a cool unique thing to do along with that.


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^^I don't know and would not think so. I do have a complete audio/climate control bezel and unit in my garage right now. I will check it out this afternoon. I do not believe there are actual "bulbs" behind the buttons though. I will check

It's LEDs. I have a disassembled on in my garage right now. I was going to modify it and build my own radio kit because I like the idea of keeping the stock HVAC controls and having the radio between the HVAC controls and the sync read out.

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If you can Solider you can prob change the LEDs but they are VERY small and it will be very easy to ruin the board by melting the leads to the LEDs. Those clear blocks distribute the light much like the instrument cluster ring DEERSLAYER attached previously. So maybe you could put a blue tint on them and get the color you are looking for. But I wouldn't recommend you try it unless you have a donor unit. Let me know if you want one. I can sell you that one I have. I ended up just buying a radio kit to save time and hassle. It's out of a 14


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After hearing all of your inputs, I also called Galpin Auto Sports in CA, and they hadn't done any such mods to a 13 Mustang. They recommended maybe tinting it (applying a film behind gauge and control faces) to get desired result. That is the direction I plan on going with it. Wish me luck and I will post pics once complete.
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Good luck. I think the radio will be challenging as there are a ton of LEDs and they use lots of clear distribution pcs to light different areas. Anxious to see how it works out for you. When you go to take the radio bezel apart be very careful. The buttons have small pcs inside the easily break or go flying.


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Sounds tough but I'd love to do it. My dad knows how to solider but that sounds like it could be tricky. I want to try and get them red so idk if tinting would even work.


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Well, I did it and she looks awesome!!!! Given all the wonderful inputs and a lot of patience, here is what I decided to do...
The instrument cluster (panel) was removed, and I applied transparent blue paint to the back side of gauges. Gave me that deeper blue shade I wanted. Once I saw the results, I then removed the stereo and A/C panel and similarly (and carefully) popped off the buttons and painted the backside transparent blue (also added a light coat to clear blocks below buttons for good measure). Indeed the gauge and radio controls have tons of tiny LED's and this was the most logical solution.Only buttons left are the steering wheel, door panels and the traction control/trunk release. Pictures to follow....thanks for all the inputs and information gang!
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Kona, I would try the transparent red and thet might give you the color you want....my only concern would be the factory back color is a greenish hue...you may have to lightly sand that off and then do the transparent red
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Yea, that would be the safer route.


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