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    Default *update* - center console panel question - *update*

    I know I'm not the only one with a worn out center console panel. And while I have a beautiful mint NIB queued for installation, the never ending mission creep on the car dictates I do something more.

    I want a backlit panel so it's easier to see at night, and I've figured out a how to do it. The problem is the problem of production, the way to do it economically depends on quantity. Which brings up the question of how many?

    Would you like a backlit center console panel, yes/no?

    *update*

    The instrument panel place dropped the ball. So I'm going with the CNC shop I've been using. They do great work and have been instrumental in getting the car done, engine parts, suspension parts, interior parts, everything's been top notch. The only problem is they're running behind so it will be at least a month, I'm guessing, once they get the materials.

    There are lots of variables to confuse the issue - materials, machining, finish, mounting, lighting etc., so I'll try to keep it as simple as possible. If you have any questions, let me know.

    The minimum run is 10 units. Cost for the initial run will be $50/unit. Price drops to $40/unit after 20 units.


    *update*

    running count by design:

    mirror and windows only - 2
    one power seat - 2
    two power seats - 6
    other (be specific) - 1

    Vinnie(1), Daminc(2), Kit Katz(1), Quietleaf(1), jkirchman,(2) 87tbirdmanjwg(1)
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    Yes,for dual power seats.............if the price isn't to prohibitive.I'm guessing a thin,clear replacement panel for the console plate with a black overlay,and then install some kind of light from the bottom to illuminate it. Am I close? Getting the holes cut just right is important. Also,the panel is recessed for the power mirror buttons.That could be tricky,but not impossible by any means. Let's run with it.
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    That's one way. At least one downside to that method is the overlay durability. My source says that they last 1-2 years, ASSuming no deliberate damage is inflicted on them.

    Right now I'm waiting on a bid from an aircraft panel mfgr. Without a doubt it will be too much, but I'm going to ask anyway.
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    Interesting idea. Following this thread.
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    I'm thinking a clear film with a laser printed overlay may work to some degree too. My friend who does the vinyl lettering/graphics is looking into the laser printer for his graphics.
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    I was thinking an overlay to replace the aluminum "insert" that is stuck to the console panel.
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    How about making the panel from a slightly thicker piece of Lexan, paint the top black, then have the writing machined into it. When back-lit, the writing will glow.

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    That's what I'm talking about.
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    paint the bottom black and have it cnc'd from the bottom
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProTouring442 View Post
    How about making the panel from a slightly thicker piece of Lexan, paint the top black, then have the writing machined into it. When back-lit, the writing will glow.
    yup, that's one way

    paint the bottom black and have it cnc'd from the bottom
    yup, that's one way

    I've asked about having the whole thing cnc'd from plastic.
    I've asked about having the whole thing cnc'd from a plastic/metal laminate.
    And there are a couple of others as well, e.g. painted/coated electroluminescent sheet.

    The trick will be to do it economically.


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    It would be nice to have at least a pic of each layout. How many combinations are there, 5? 6? 8? More?

    windows, mirrors
    windows, mirrors, DS seat
    windows, mirrors, both seats
    others?

    Then there are the 'vert Cougar connversions, how many combinations are there of those?
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