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During a complete cluster restoration, Auto Instruments also restores the smaller fuel and temperature gauges. Gentry says most are still in good operating condition when they come in. Pointers are stripped of their original paint, then coated in white before applying fresh translucent orange to match the factory hue. He adds that the pointers must be stripped to bare metal before repainting. Painting over the old paint adds weight that will throw off the gauge calibration.