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Old 09-18-2012, 08:15 PM   #26
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okay so you use the same stuff you get the gel coat effect with to make it stick to what you are applying it to. correct ?
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:48 PM   #27
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okay so you use the same stuff you get the gel coat effect with to make it stick to what you are applying it to. correct ?
Yes.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:22 PM   #28
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Dude you made a lot of progresss, I've been working on mine for a couple of months. Lol

Yours is turning out great
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:30 PM   #29
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Dude you made a lot of progresss, I've been working on mine for a couple of months. Lol

Yours is turning out great
Thanks! I appreciate it. I hope I can finish up this weekend.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:50 PM   #30
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Me too, I'm also doing my rear diffuser, I already did the a pillars and some mouldings
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:08 PM   #31
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I want to thank the Op for his help and guidance on my cf project. Hats off to you. When I do mine cf job I will also post
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:10 PM   #32
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I want to thank the Op for his help and guidance on my cf project. Hats off to you. When I do mine cf job I will also post
No prob bud. I'll be posting more tonight and hope to finish this this weekend.
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:13 PM   #33
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I want to thank the Op for his help and guidance on my cf project. Hats off to you. When I do mine cf job I will also post
OP is awesome. i have asked a ton of questions and he was kind enough not to send me to hell lol. i plan to do my own DIY when i buy the materials.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:55 AM   #34
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Here we are now, weekend three of my carbon fiber project. I spent a lot of time sanding the parts and they still weren't good enough for clear coat, so I added two more layers of epoxy.

I have gotten several PM's regarding this project asking about what materials are needed. This first picture is of the epoxy that I use and other accessories. I use just a cheap paint brush, paper cups to mix the epoxy in, a popsicle stick to stir the epoxy, and a gram scale that I confiscated off of some criminal.

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Now on with adding the epoxy.
I taped off the sides of the parts that I didn't want to add epoxy to. I did this to make it a bit easier to clean those areas, as if I did not tape it off, I would have to grind down or sand the edges all over again and I spent several hours sanding last weekend.

Once all of the pieces were masked, I laid it all out and began to measuer out the epoxy. I first measured out the resin, then it in half and added that amount of harder. As you see in the next pic, I poured out about 72 grams of resin so I would add 36 grams of hardener to that for a total weight of 108 grams.

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Next I brushed on the epoxy. I put on a pretty thick coat and was having trouble with a lot of bubbles. I think it would be better to use thinner coats, but I am planning to wet sand the parts again before I clear coat, so I'm not terribly worried about the dimples from the popped bubbles. Now here are the parts after the two layers of epoxy. I will now let them cure overnight and tomorrow I will sand them with 800 grit sandpaper in preparation for clear coat. I then hope to clear coat on Sunday!

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Again if anybody has any questions just ask and I will try to answer it the best that I can.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:14 AM   #35
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Hi..i already started working on mine...to remove bubble us a good heat gun. Just be careful not to get too close or stay in one spot too long. this can actually burn or sizzle the resin. I been using that technique for bubbles with great success Pics coming soon.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:29 AM   #36
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Cool thanks man. I was just using a hair dryer.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:02 AM   #37
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Looking good. Why 800 grit sandpaper? That's pretty fine. Your resin looks iike its pretty thick, wouldn't a wet sanding of 320/400 first to flatten it out then the 800 get things smooth faster?
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:51 PM   #38
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Looking good. Why 800 grit sandpaper? That's pretty fine. Your resin looks iike its pretty thick, wouldn't a wet sanding of 320/400 first to flatten it out then the 800 get things smooth faster?
If you need to cut through some high spots you can certainly use a lower grit sandpaper, then finish with 800 before you clearcoat.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:45 PM   #39
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I should have never read this. You're doing such a great job detailing this out....now I want to try it.

Where did you buy your material?
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:19 PM   #40
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I should have never read this. You're doing such a great job detailing this out....now I want to try it.

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Old 09-22-2012, 11:48 PM   #41
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I sanded down the smaller pieces and decided to go ahead and clear them now (I am inpatient and want to see how well they were going to turn out).

I'm sure the suspense is killing you.
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That's all for now. I'll start on the door panels tomorrow. I'm going to the bar!
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:21 AM   #42
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Looks really good! The door inserts will be eye catching once they are done as well. True carbon fiber and a good clear coat have a luster to them I really like. Once you've seen it, hydro-carbon will never be an option. My console insert is here, just waiting on the cf cloth and resin.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:30 AM   #43
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Wow, thanks for this thread. Looks good.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:10 PM   #44
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Here we are the epic conclusion of my carbon fiber project. I finished clear coating, color sanding and polishing all of the parts. Here are the photos:
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:15 PM   #45
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I don't really know what to add as far as the painting process. I used a high solids, polyurethane, two part clear coat. For the buffing process, I used a machine polisher with a 3M finishing compound. After that I waxed everything and reinstalled.

This was a lot of work, but I am happy that I tackled the project. I am also happy that I am done and can relax.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:52 AM   #46
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Amazing! Looks very good, you did a great job! Though I am not a fan of CF I do like how this came out. A good option for those who do not have ambient lighting and have the crappy textured door panels. I wonder....if there is a way to add in acrylic tube (or something) to this process and make your own ambient lighting? Might be a project I would be willing to tackle down the road.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:57 AM   #47
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Now that is Bad Ass and dedication killer job on your project
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:10 AM   #48
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OP, truly amazing. I read the entire post and was amazed at the transformation. Very impressive work.
Let us know when the next project starts........... because you know you aren't done
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:51 AM   #49
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wow..your work is awesome....really brang out the interior...look expert man...congrats

here are sum pics of my work thus far...I don't have a table. or much room...but i manage to use make shift things, like a spare tire, a crate...and whatever I though would work. I choose an orange carbon fiber/kevlar mix that first the i/o orange I have. Its very close to that red/orange color. And the gloss is amazing I have to sand to get a perfect look. But it looks so good just as is, that I might settle for it.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:55 AM   #50
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I must say the size in length, the flimsiness of these panels, and the contour/curvatures/dents/odd shapes, and delineations of this panel make this job much harder the the average piece. I will do the rear trunk plastic corner lids today, or at least began them. I hope this helps some one out there to be bold, and to make happen on there project as well. As much so as i was inspired bythe OP
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