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Replace your radio display with GLASS

Alright fellow mustang enthusiast of AFM. I was tired of the scratches on my radio display, once and for all. No matter how many times I professionally removed the swirls, they came back. The plastic is just too soft for its own good.

Even if you put a screen protector on it, it would look like crap.

So I replaced mine with glass. I understand it can be a huge safety issue, but I figure if I hit something hard enough to break the glass, it will be the least of my worries.

First of all, disassemble your center console, and rip that piece of crap plastic cover off. Try not to break it, because you will need it to compare sizes later on.

Step 1:

I used 3/32" thick glass, non tempered, can be found at most hardware stores. The original plastic cover was (7-6/16"L) (2-1/16"H) and (1/16" thick).

In order to insure that the glass will fit, I cut it smaller than the original. (7-5/16"L) (2"H) (3/32" Thick)



Step 2:

In order to shade the glass, I used 20% Gila window tint film from Advance Auto Parts

(Old on the right, new on the left)





Step 3:

You want to slice a thin (1/8") peice of tint off from the bottom of your new glass cover, the reason you want to do this, is so that when you install your cover. The RTV sticks to the glass, and not the tint.

Step 4:

Use a small dab of RTV around the parameter of the glass cover to install into your radio display



TADA, no more scratches, no more swirls. Hello Liability and good looks.

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Will the tint scratch from cleaning it? I think this is a great idea and if you play around with different tint shades you could also get the text to show up as a different color if you like. How long did it take and about how much did it cost?

Also, what is RTV?

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We need a way to do this for the gauges too!
 
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Will the tint scratch from cleaning it? I think this is a great idea and if you play around with different tint shades you could also get the text to show up as a different color if you like. How long did it take and about how much did it cost?

Also, what is RTV?
RTV= Room Temperature Vulcanizing.....Liquid rubber in a sense, used extensively in the auto industry as a sealant in engines, transmission, differentials. Very useful to make a seal you don't have to mess with later on.

As far as the tint, if it is on the inside it should be safe from future scratches.

I'm also wondering how scratches have become a problem as I haven't even touched my radio display since I bought it in October.
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Will the tint scratch from cleaning it? I think this is a great idea and if you play around with different tint shades you could also get the text to show up as a different color if you like. How long did it take and about how much did it cost?

Also, what is RTV?
The Tint goes on the INSIDE towards the front of the car, so when you wipe, your only wiping the glass. Which is why in step 3, you must slice off a thin piece of tint off from the bottom/top of the glass, so that the RTV silicone sticks to the glass, and not the tint.

3 bux for the pane of glass
6 bux for the glass cutter
15 bux for the 20% tint, which is way more than you need.

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Excellent idea, tispho!!!
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Pretty cool idea. I approached it with a route that was a little less time consuming. I had a roll of 3M film used for invisible car bras sitting around. I bought it to cover LCD's and other displays on the countless remotes and devices around the house. Just removed the trim around the radio, cut the film, wet, squeegee with a credit card, done.


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So we have this problem solved, what about the gauges which are apparently made of the same pudding plastic?
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Great post, thanks!

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Love the idea. Here's a dumb question, but how much of a PITA is it to get the center console apart? Any tips?

Thanks for the pics and innovation!

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^Good question.

Well done! Looks like a very professional job. I wouldn't mind this at all, but I too wonder, how are these parts scratching? I haven't had my car a long time at all, but unless I'm using a microfiber cloth to dust the area, I'm never touching the surface...

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Love the idea. Here's a dumb question, but how much of a PITA is it to get the center console apart? Any tips?

Thanks for the pics and innovation!

All you need is a 7mm socket.

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^ Couldn't be any easier. Wow.

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Radio Display Glass

Outstanding fix. Just a thought why not spend a few dollars more. Go to a glass place and have them cut a piece of tempered, tinted glass. Which I'm going to check out tomorrow.
Again outstanding idea, way to go thanks.

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