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Old 09-24-2012, 01:46 PM   #51
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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
That doesn't look too bad. I would block sand it with some 220 grit to smooth it out, then add another couple of layers of resin. That will help level things out.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:01 PM   #52
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Before I started this project, I considered stripping the silver paint from the backside of the panels and putting the carbon fiber on the backside. If somebody wants to give that shot, it may become a popular option. I'm thinking for the best look a vacuum bagging process might be in order.

Another good reason to cover the back side would be, you would be able to save ABL. I personally hated it and left it off anyway, so losing it was not an issue for me.

This might shorten the process, due to the fact you would not need to sand and smooth the resin layers on note surface of the cloth since you would be seeing the backside of the cloth through the panel.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:27 AM   #53
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That doesn't look too bad. I would block sand it with some 220 grit to smooth it out, then add another couple of layers of resin. That will help level things out.
I most certainly will......i just did the rear pieces...also featuring lots of curves and so on...so there goes another project .lol Pics coming soon.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:14 AM   #54
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I went through the whole thread and looked at your progress, and I must say amazing job OP!! I've never been a fan of carbon fiber but THAT LOOKS SHARP! Makes me want to revist my "woodgrain" hydrocoating interior project (even though there's a lot of people down on the woodgrain, I like it)
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:01 AM   #55
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new pics of various stages of my cf work, enjoy
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:10 AM   #56
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:10 AM   #57
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:09 PM   #58
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:00 PM   #59
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I'm thinking about buying the ACS ZL1 insert and wrapping it it carbon fiber. I think it will be a great alternative to buying the $3000 OEM one.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:32 PM   #60
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I'm thinking about buying the ACS ZL1 insert and wrapping it it carbon fiber. I think it will be a great alternative to buying the $3000 OEM one.

Its not $3000 its $5200 want to know how i know? LOL i will post i pic later on that, Guy i was at his house last week and looked at the work it looks outstanding, i was impressed with the work he did.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:56 AM   #61
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OP, badass work man. Thats impressive. I'm sitting here sandind down my dash pieces right now and will be trying a red kevlar/black CF weave myself. Think there is any way I can get around buying a spray gun for the clear coats? Trying to not make this an expensive project, otherwise I could have just bought it already done lol...... again, great work.


edit: just realized I can probably bring it to any body shop and have them spray it on fairly easily and cheaply....
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:45 PM   #62
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You could go without clearcoat and polish the resin. It will still have a good look, just won't have as much depth. Or you could go with you latter comment, I'm sure you could get the parts cleared for under $100.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:09 PM   #63
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You could go without clearcoat and polish the resin. It will still have a good look, just won't have as much depth. Or you could go with you latter comment, I'm sure you could get the parts cleared for under $100.

Ya, I'm going to go with the shop putting on the clear coat. Tempted to try rattle can.... but I dont want to mess up something with that much time invested over being cheap on the final stage of work. Thanks again for posting this thread man, using it as a guide!
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:57 PM   #64
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Do it yaself bro....the pleasure is u saying u did it
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:29 PM   #65
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Looks really good i love it i will try my best to learn it hey DMC1805 u need a helpper i can help u i will move down there
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:37 PM   #66
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Nice write-up, and thanks for the tip on using the hair dryer for bubbles. I use a roller, but will try this next time. I'm just messing with fiberglass though.

For anyone tackling anything like this for the first time, don't be discouraged if your first few come out looking horrible. Took me a couple failed trunk liners to get the result I wanted.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:54 PM   #67
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Just saw this....very nice work!! I've considered a red CF for my panels.

The one thing that doesn't quite appeal to me is the high gloss finish. It creates a lot of shine and reflection in the interior of the car. My suggestion to those considering this is a satin or matte clear coat. I think it will make the CF look more natural and cut that shine down.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:40 PM   #68
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Looks really good,
im going to do mine soon,
has anyone used that 3M vinyl wrap?
seen a few pics of that and it looks good.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:56 PM   #69
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I used the vinyl wrap in my old car. It's not to bad. It just doesn't have the same depth as real cf.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:59 PM   #70
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That is impressive and looks great. Tempting to try this myself, but don't think I have the patience for it.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:35 AM   #71
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Wow....very nice work and writeup.

Prolly should be a top 5 DIY IMO.

Very cool!
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:30 PM   #72
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Wow....very nice work and writeup.

Prolly should be a top 5 DIY IMO.

Very cool!
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Thanks Ivan! I really appreciate it.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:57 PM   #73
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I just read this entire thread and I've got to say, DMC, that you turned out an impressive result! If I had the patience I would be tempted to try it myself! Great work! Truly one of the best DIY's that I've read.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:41 PM   #74
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:38 PM   #75
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Absolutely gorgeous! Great work man! I really dig my green interior, but for the silver pieces I would love to do this. Awesome write up!
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