sorry guys, been busy..
Accolay: yes, that is an APA manual.. how the hell did you see that? haha
also, i hate to say it, as it may seem embarrassing.. but the reason i got that face so clean was i tried to hand paint the red on.. (don't ever try this) it turned out to look like #$%* and was a lot harder than i imagined.. so i just assumed i ruined the face as it sat around for a few weeks with red paint on it. anyway, i also have a white background gauge with black letters that someone on here made for me, but i like the original look better.. so i toyed with the idea, and then i found sea foam in my apartment the other night and said, hmm.. that should eat paint. haha. and yeah it did. perfect job. i dabbed a paper towel with sea foam, scrubbed... repeat til it was clean, then soapy water, scrubbed, repeat maybe, then rinsed in water, and dried with paper towel. i just need to fill in the red line now. so i'll look for those stencils.
and yeah, i spent forever hand sanding that over winter.. so thanks.