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Old 14 February 2011, 14:43   #1
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Sun damaged Smartcraft gauges

Any one who has old smartcraft gauges will know they can become yellowed by sun damage and as a result are incredibly difficult to read. Anyway I bought some cheaply off Tim M a while ago which were worse than mine to see if they could be sorted. I tried to source new lenses with no luck so decided to attempt a repair. The mrs painstakingly prised them apart and removed the damaged inner lens but left the outer and the seal intact. The result is below and is pretty good. I realise they may mist up easily but at least that will clear and for the price I paid coupled with the fact they are very hard to find it was worth a go.
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Old 14 February 2011, 15:11   #2
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Nice work Mrs Jizm. As regards the misting, you'll probably recall Biffer's tip of inserting a double glazing demister stick through the back plate of the gauge - he sworn by it.

But then, he swears at everything...
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Nice work Mrs Jizm. As regards the misting, you'll probably recall Biffer's tip of inserting a double glazing demister stick through the back plate of the gauge - he sworn by it.

But then, he swears at everything...

go kiss a a moving train, you f"$%^7g bar steward
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Mug of TEA needed there sharpish Biff
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just taking a gulp out of my third cuppa this morn
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My gauges are in a similar condition to what yours were. May have a look at what you have done.
Is there any less protection from water ingress now??
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Here's a picture of the ones on my boat, not as bad but getting difficult to make out the LCD part.
The mrs removed the black bezel and very slowly prised the lens out but lost a couple of the retaining lugs in the process, pretty unavoidable I think. She then removed the seal and discarded the inner lens (the damaged part) and was left with a clear outer. She then put the seal back on the lip and pushed it back in the gauge followed by the bezel. Patience required which is why I let her do it!
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Patience required which is why I let her do it!
did you not have the right hammer!
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No, you've borrowed them all mr cowboy builder...
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