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Old 08-22-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
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Anyone tried fabricating CF parts?

Hello MH, I have been watching vids and doing a lot of research on molding and fabricating my own Carbon Fiber parts, not because buying parts is expensive but because I want to do something unique that no one else has. So I was wondering if any of you fine gentlemen or ladies have tried doing it with any success. I'd like to get some tips and pick your brain a bit about where to buy supplies etc.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:58 AM   #2
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:05 AM   #3
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Its not hard but it IS a pain in the . If you're willing to put in the prep time it will turn out fine.
Having a vacuum pump will make it better but for simple parts it's not a must.
I don't have a source for mat'l but I might be able to answer questions. PM me and I'll do what I can.
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Blackburn Marine in Kemah has CF supplies. Right off Marina Bay Drive. I use West Systems Epoxy with special clear hardner. CF comes in rolls of 4-8" or they can order sheet material if you are going big.
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Blackburn Marine in Kemah has CF supplies. Right off Marina Bay Drive. I use West Systems Epoxy with special clear hardner. CF comes in rolls of 4-8" or they can order sheet material if you are going big.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:49 PM   #6
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I have the CF fabric, got it off eBay. I'll have to check out that place in kemah.
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Never done CF but have done custom fiberglass for many car audio installs. One thing I can tell, don't skimp on the prep. Make sure everything fits and adjust for thickness of material/cutting blades. I made 2-3 fiberglass surrounds before realizing I needed to adjust for thickness of material/blades. I've literally had to scrap dozens of hours of work, because I didn't measure correctly. Goes back to my father's (contractor for 30 years) saying "measure twice, cut once. And before you cut measure twice again." Depth of the blade screwed me over more than once before I finally learned it. Unless you perfect it, just remember you can always cut off more.
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I'll keep that in mind. Being a child of the digital age and a graphic designer especially, the concept of measure twice cut once doesn't really sit right, I mess something up on the computer, I can just hit undo a few times and in good to go. I guess I need to break some old habits.
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Hello MH, I have been watching vids and doing a lot of research on molding and fabricating my own Carbon Fiber parts, not because buying parts is expensive but because I want to do something unique that no one else has. So I was wondering if any of you fine gentlemen or ladies have tried doing it with any success. I'd like to get some tips and pick your brain a bit about where to buy supplies etc.
What are your plans? Are you simply going to cover existing pieces w/ C.F. or are you going to make new pieces, if the latter you will need to learn how to make a mold. And the better job you do on this the better your final product will be, A mold will usually be fiberglass(negative impression) finished with straight resin, or gel coat as smooth as poss. its a lot of work for only one item. thats why mfgr. will only produce fairings, bumper kits, or spoilers if they think they can sell hundreds or more because it is not very cost efective to make the molds for only one, But for your personal use you may think its worth while. If you go this route be prepaired for a lot of pain in the work, But you can create some really cool parts.....................If you are just going to cover existing parts not to hard, not much different than applying layers of fiberglass....................PS whatever you choose keep a lot of acetone on hand it is just about the only thing that cuts the resin for cleen up,before it hardens that is, for your Hands, tools etc...etc...
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^That's good to know! I was planning on actually making molds at first but it seems as though just covering the parts would be a bit easier because honestly, I'm going for looks, not weight cutting.
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