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Old 01-16-2008, 12:21 AM   #1
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Where? Custom Carbon Fiber

I'm looking to find somewhere that I can design my own decal in carbon fiber trim. But, I don't want it to look like a cheap sticker. I want it to be thick, kind of like the carbon fiber trim that you can buy to put on your bike. (See below) I want it to be in custom letters.


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It's much cheaper and easier to just buy them. The one you have pictured there is not carbon fiber (you may already know that), most of the time, they are printed on vinyl or paper, and coated with the flexible clear resin coating.

If you wanted to do it yourself (cheapest way), buy the carbon fiber fabric and resin, a vacuum sealer, make some "plugs" of whatever you want to make (you have to have a mold or "plug"), release agents and finally finishing materials. There are plenty of resources on the net that explain how to make things out of carbon fiber or fiberglass.

Honestly though, I'd sooner try to find what you want on the internet unless you just feel like taking on a project (which can be fun and rewarding).

"Real" carbon fiber pieces are going to be much more expensive than the faux carbon fiber stuff (like you have pictured), but usually, you can't tell the difference. You can get the "Pro Grip" tank protectors like you have above from lots of places, but Motorcycles Unlimited is the local hookup, and usually can meet or beat the internet prices

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Old 01-16-2008, 09:30 AM   #3
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You need an Autoclave to do real pre-laminated carbon fiber (For that type of look)....those don't come cheap. Otherwise, you can do carbon fiber just like fiberglass but it doesn't have that pretty woven look.
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Let me try to clear this up a little. I'm not looking for that piece. Just giving an example of what I was trying to explain. I'm wanting to get custom lettering put on the bottom fairing of my bike reading "TEXAS GIXXER". I wasn't sure how to explain what I wanted so I posted that pic to give the idea.
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Then you don't want actual carbon fiber then. You should get the vinyl faux carbon fiber.

If you do the actual carbon fiber, you'll have a raised area that won't stick to the plastic worthashit.

Beside the fact that it would cost a boatload of money to make it, even if you do it yourself.

Get with a graphics person or sign company to hook you up for something like that IMHO.
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just call up a graphic place and ask if they have carbon fiber look material.
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Brandon... I have a vinyl cutter, and can make pretty much anything you want. The carbon looking vinyl is not cheap(about 3 times more expensive than regular vinyl).

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Brandon... I have a vinyl cutter, and can make pretty much anything you want. The carbon looking vinyl is not cheap(about 3 times more expensive than regular vinyl).

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But some of them (the stuff I have, not the grey/black checker ) are hard to tell the difference between real and fake.
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It's almost impossible to tell the difference- heck, I've seen car hoods covered with it to make them look CF, and you can't tell until you raise the hood.

Tim, I completely overlooked you! Sorry dude!

For sure, hit up Firemalt for the straight up hook up!
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