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Old 11-02-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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can a part be carbon fibered?

can a plastic part be carbon fibered? got her apart and was wonderin if that is even possible...
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yes... but unless you're making a mold first, it may need to be thin to fit.

Same as fiberglass but a woven mat and for the setting to be perfect requires some skill. And its obviously more pricey then fiberglass mats/resin.

Remember to use rubber grommets for mounting etc.
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yes... but unless you're making a mold first, it may need to be thin to fit.

Same as fiberglass but a woven mat and for the setting to be perfect requires some skill. And its obviously more pricey then fiberglass mats/resin.

Remember to use rubber grommets for mounting etc.

can't just put resins on top of the plastic parts then lay cf cloth on top then clear coat?
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would have to put down aluminium foil first, resin on both sides; but if the part is contoured(x,y,z axis) too sharply may be hard for the woven material to shrink or stretch over the contour.

after it dries, the aluminium will peel away so the CF isn't stuck to the plastic.
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no no what I meant was have it stick to plastic. This is so that the back is Oem plastic which fits perfectly and the outside is nice CF appearance.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:44 PM   #6
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Sounds possible to me. I've done a lot of fiberglass work in the past and I hear its the same as carbon fiber. Maybe it would be better to a wax or petroleum jelly so they dont stick together and then use 3M double sided tape to stick them together like a cover? I hear its best to use 2 layers of CF for cosmetic use
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depending on the amount of curves, just get the CF sticker and it can be molded w a heat gun. That's what is on the cheap carbon fiber bar ends, mirrors and levers on ebay....



I got some from the autostore to play around with; my wireless mouse has had it for some time lol....


has texture and all
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cool, thanks guys. i have a yard of the cf sticker to play with. i'll take the part to work manana and play with the heat gun and see what happens.
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oh no fake cf please.
I bought some cf body panels before but figment is not 100% like OEM so cf overlay is best.
Why make cf cover then use 3m tape? Just have it stick on there to begin with
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:30 AM   #10
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good thread, at the show yesterday, I ws speaking with a guy that told me about CF powder, he said he could not tell the difference.
I dunno anything about it yet, but I'll be on the phone to all my various powder reps today.
doesnt really help with your plastic question, just some neat info.
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scooter, Let me know what you find out, sir. i'm pretty confident the cf sticker ain't gonna hold up to the elements, or my lack of skill. i'm tryin to do the front air dam/vent in front of the radiator and also the battery box. if you like what they got, i'm willin to try it out. thanks.
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