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Old August 8th 2005, 12:01
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Carbon Fibre - How to bring back the shine.

Brief intro first.
I have several carbon fibre parts on my car (Running boards, rear remmelle style wing, headlamp rings, dashboard sections, airdam), some of these parts that are exposed to the weather didnt take kindly to our British climate and had gone very gray and washed out, with chalk rings where the rain had dried and they really looked terrible... I was almost at the point of binning all carbon as a bad job!

So I thought to myself, if its just gonna be chucked away, at least try and bring it back to life... Worst case scenario it still goes in the bin!

Started with 400 grit wet and dry paper, wet and with a dash of washing up liquid in the bucket. Then 1000 grit then 1500 grit (the higher the number, the finer the paper). Left the parts in the sun for a few hours to dry off, then sprayed the visible side with 2 pack Lacquer.

Results speak for themselves:


Unfortunatly I dont have a before picture!

I am going to further work the results by using 2000 grit on the lacquer to knock the high spots off, then a second coat of lacquer... This time the parts will be hung up so we can do all the way around (in theory totally sealing them). Then a further rubbing with 2000 grit then polishing with an electric mop.... I want a REALLY tasty finish!

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Old August 8th 2005, 23:08
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Sounds like a tech article in the making... would love to see the after shots...
As always... Great work! :agree:
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Old August 9th 2005, 07:37
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Sounds like a tech article in the making... would love to see the after shots...
As always... Great work! :agree:

Err, Those ARE the after shots!

It was ruined before... All sorts of white marks, scuffs, it had gone various shades of light gray, the weave looked very 'odd'...


*** edit: Doh, I know what you mean now! Pays to read before posting... No worries, they will be posted!

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Raby 2270, B spec gearbox, Lots of carbon fibre, Wolfrace Octane Black 17x7.5, Goodyear Eagle F1's, Kerscher suspension front and rear, kamei airdam in carbon, corbeau seats, momo millunium steering wheel.
CDT eurosport 6.5 front speakers, IDMAX 12D2 sub, rockford old school amps.

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Old August 9th 2005, 12:51
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I have a set of Carbon Joe's CF running boards that I haven't installed yet. Any issues with clearcoating them before installation? Joe?? Anyone???
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Old August 9th 2005, 17:16
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I have a set of Carbon Joe's CF running boards that I haven't installed yet. Any issues with clearcoating them before installation? Joe?? Anyone???
I shouldnt imagine so... But it really depends if they have been treated with anything like a wax... As that will totally screw the adhesion!

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Old August 13th 2005, 19:42
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sounds like something i need to do to my carbon bits i have. the shine has dwindled so this could only help them shine again and save me some $$$. thanks for posting this sam. cant wait to see your car when its revamped too...mine is undergoing a revamp also. :agree:
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Old August 15th 2005, 03:56
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sounds like something i need to do to my carbon bits i have. the shine has dwindled so this could only help them shine again and save me some $$$. thanks for posting this sam. cant wait to see your car when its revamped too...mine is undergoing a revamp also. :agree:




Give it a go. The results totally blew me away! I am not going to do the total refinish (the 2000 grit and second coat) immediatly as I am working to a deadline now (parents are moving away and its all in there garage!) so I am getting some of the reassembly done first).

If you do it, take some before AND after shots... I didnt think and only took after shots (doh!)

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Old September 2nd 2005, 16:42
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Try some 8600 grit and some plaxiglass polish to make it shine. We here at Metro Tech have some 12,000. Yes (12) thousand grit that we use to sand the windows in airplanes to make them clear. I can run a test piece on some carbon for you guys if you want me too. The polish is fairly cheap and you dont need alot.

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Old April 14th 2006, 07:20
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where did ya get ur carbon

IM trying to get some carbon parts but Remmele r too priciey and a friend got some stuff from LA performace that was a complete rip off and I wouldnt put it on my car so if anyone has any reliable suppliers please let me know
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i was thinking of getting a mate who works for a company who produce indy car bodies, amongst other things, to make me a set of door panels out of carbon fibre (or kevlar).

they do it properly there in an autoclave, not carbonfibre/fibreglass composite, but autoclaves are crazy expensive so no wonder theres a lot of fibreglass

the door panels wouldnt just be flat sheets of carbon mind, they would have rolled edges so they imitate the radius of the original panels, i was even thinking about have the pattern thats pressed into the vinyl ones formed into them, that way i would be hoping they could be fitted like the regular ones.

tell me what you lot think cos its not gonna happen unless a lot of people want them.
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Old April 14th 2006, 14:14
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i would certainly be intred depends on how much they were of course
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Old April 14th 2006, 14:21
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well the more people interested the more i can persuede him

he just sent me a 2 metres of carbon fibre fabric for a product (non car related) i'm doing, so it goes to show how much of a gent he is

but yeah if theres enough interest i could get a load done by him at the same time

heres hoping
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Old April 15th 2006, 08:06
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I would be interested in a set of CF door panels, depending on the price.

Would they just be the sheets with NOTHING cut out (door handles/opener bits/window winders)? Would be better as it allows people the flexibility to do what they want with them... I have electric windows so dont really need the window winder holes...

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CDT eurosport 6.5 front speakers, IDMAX 12D2 sub, rockford old school amps.
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Old April 15th 2006, 08:47
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yeah that sounds about right

but at the moment its just an idea depends what interest is generated
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Old April 15th 2006, 17:36
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Good stuff, keep us posted.

It wouldnt be a big deal to cut the holes for handles etc yourself as carbon fibre is very easy to work using a dremmel or some other brand of high speed rotary tool.... Just remember the dust mask and goggles (the dust is very bad for your lungs, and apparently is horrible if it gets in your eyes).

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CDT eurosport 6.5 front speakers, IDMAX 12D2 sub, rockford old school amps.
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