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Old 08-13-2012, 10:12 PM   #1
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Carbon Fiber Dash Mod

So here's my first crack at writing a thread. I am planning to do some carbon fiber overlay work in my Camaro. What I want to do is no just to wrap a carbon fiber vinyl over some of my dash pieces, but to use REAL carbon fiber and resin, molding it over some of my interior pieces. Then lacquering it and finally using a high solids automotive clear coat to give it that deep gloss look we have all come to know and love with carbon fiber.

Here are a few questions I have as I start with these modifications. First: I am thinking of use two types of carbon fiber's. I don't know yet which two. The first will be the standard 2X2 twill weave that everybody thinks of when we think about carbon fiber. The second type (which I am unsure of) is weather to use a colored carbon fabric (in the 2X2 weave) or to use a 8 harness satin weave. I know that I may be speaking another language when talking about these different weaves so I will post some pictures.

My second question is once I choose which style or color of carbon, which areas should I do with those contrasting carbons.

Additionally, throughout this thread I will be posting my progress of the wrapping as well as the removal and re-installation of the dash pieces.

Alright, here are some photos of what I am talking about. The first picture is of the standard 2X2 twill. The weave pattern is characterized by a diagonal rib created by one warp yarn floating over at least two filling yarns. The second is of what is called 8 harness satin weave. In this weave pattern there is a seven by one interfacing where a filling yarn floats over seven warp yarns and under one.

Next are the colors. My car I Silver Ice Metallic, so I am thinking of using a silver, grey or white colored material. I have added some other colored cloths for additional ideas though.

Finally is my interior. The door side panels and matching dash trim is one of the areas I am planning to do the carbon overlay. I am also planning on doing my steeling wheel insert and the gauge surround. Now here is where I am unsure. I want to remove the leather on the dash and do that part in carbon fiber, but with a contrasting pattern or color to the door panels and upper dash piece. Help me out with this. I am planning to start this mod within a few weeks.

Lastly I have a few photos from my previous vehicle and a carbon mod I did in the engine compartment to give you an idea of what the process is and what the final look will be. That was done in the 8 harness satin (8hs).
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:21 PM   #2
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My initial thought is to do the door panels and upper dash area in 2X2 black twill and the leather dash piece in the 8HS with a vertical orientation of the cloth.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:22 PM   #3
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should look killer. good luck!
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:23 PM   #4
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i thought about doing this myself but instead i got a zl1 suede insert
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:26 PM   #5
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thats real nice.where did you get the CF kit ?
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:31 PM   #6
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I ordered the carbon fiber cloth and resin from C & J Composites Technology. http://www.cjcompositestechnology.com I also bought some cloth from Composite Envisions http://www.compositeenvisions.com
The material is very inexpensive, but the labor to get everything looking great is why everything made of carbon fiber is so expensive.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:39 PM   #7
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Here's a couple of pictures of red and blue carbon fiber as it would look on a finished trim piece.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:42 PM   #8
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very true, the outcome is well worth it tho. thank you very much for the link
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:46 PM   #9
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Composite envisions has a green carbon fiber that you could use.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:47 PM   #10
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I'm not sure if the color would match well or not though.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:50 PM   #11
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The resin I use is UV stabilized and the tint on my car blocks 99% of all UV rays. So I'm not too worried about that.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:27 AM   #12
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I checked out your site and your stuff looks really good!
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:04 AM   #13
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Im really liking the red carbon
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:08 AM   #14
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Good luck with your project. I've done some overlay, but its not easy and takes a lot of patience. I'm sure your pieces will look great.
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