I love the idea. Hopefully it'll come out as good as you want it to. Gots to save my pennies so I can get a set. Also why i've done nothing about the way mine are now.
Yeah, it will take more time to make, but I think it will be that much more unique. I really hope it works too.
I wonder if we can put a round Jeep sticker over the whole ring in place of the darkend center area.. Maybe offset the LED strip? Just a thought. BTW, Anymore on the RF controllers?
The thing about stickers is that they are hard to manage, and perfect placement becomes an issue. They would certainly be cheaper, but I'm not sure the tradeoff is worth it. I'll explore whatever I can to make a cool and quality product though. I've learned a lot of the last couple of months. Also, offsetting the LED strip isn't an option for most rings. The strip is just too long to fit anywhere but in the middle. I've looked at foregoing the strips, and using a single RGB LED, but then I've got another set of issues. You can't get the bulbs less than 5mm, which almost the height of the ring itself. Even if you could make it fit, you'd have to solder on resistors in order to use them with the controller. A lot of extra time would be needed, and I don't think that's the right way to go.
So, my idea for the process is this. I cut out the ring on both sides with the CNC. I then take spray the top of the finished ring with paint (gonna try Plastidip or Rustoleum bed liner). Once dry, I'll sand off the raised surfaces with a very fine grit sandpaper exposing the areas that will be lighted. Yeah, so it's a little more work, but I think it will look amazing assuming I can get the LED strip to look right under there.
As far as the RF controllers go, they are supposedly in transit. We'll see...