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Old 05-24-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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My Carbon Fiber Project

So after weeks of gathering supplies and parts and doing a ton of research, school is out and so I am finally ready to start my carbon fiber project of wrapping interior parts in real carbon fiber. I will post my steps and progress on this thread as I go, this will probably take a while as I plan on doing a lot of parts. Based on what others have told me I am fully prepared to screw up my first few tries but hopefully in the end it will all work out!
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:47 PM   #2
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Here is a picture of most of my parts/supplies:
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Here is what I have here:
- Real Carbon Fiber Cloth
- Resin
- Hardener
- Mixing Cups
- Kitchen Scale
- Stirring Utensils
- Black Spray Paint
- Heat Gun
- Dremel With Various Routing Bits
- Sharp Knives
- Gloves
- Sand Paper
- File


I think I am gonna start out with the driver side dash trim and the A/C bezel and then go from there
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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I am setting up a work area in my garage tomorrow, and am gonna get started then. So I'll post some more pictures soon
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:49 PM   #4
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:01 AM   #5
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Looking forward to seeing how this goes! Good luck.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:39 AM   #6
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can't wait to see how this goes. I want to do this myself.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:16 AM   #7
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Day 1:

So far so good (I hope!) So today, I set up my work station in my garage, nothing special
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Now for what I have done so far. I decided to start out with small and flat parts, so I went with the center A/C Vent and the drivers side dash trim. I know it isn't a lot, but I thought it would be good practice.
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first, I sanded them with 100 grit sand paper.
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Next, I sprayed them with black spray paint. I did a couple of thin coats, nothing too much, but this was just so that if the carbon fiber was to separate, you wouldn't see the silver.
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Now that the parts are prepped, I then cut out the carbon fiber to the appropriate size.
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I am gonna start the wrapping in the morning, so this is all I have for today. But more will come tomorrow
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looking good.
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Great job so far. Keep taking your time and I'm sure everything will come out just like you plan. Looking forward to the end results.
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did you tape the end of the carbon fiber to prevent them from fraying (sp?)
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Good luck with them. The better the weather out, the better they seem to dry.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:53 AM   #12
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did you tape the end of the carbon fiber to prevent them from fraying (sp?)
Yes. Also helps keep the weave straight.
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:42 PM   #14
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Thanks guys for the comments and input, and if anyone has any suggestions on things I can improve, please let me know!


Day 2

Today I started actually wrapping the two pieces, the A/C vent came out pretty good I think (so far) but I am not sure about the dash trim, I may end up having to redo that piece, but I will wait and see. Here is what I have so far

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What I did was mix the Resin/Hardener to a 2:1 Ratio, and then I applied the mixture to the parts, and then let it get tacky before applying the carbon fiber, and then I just worked the carbon fiber around the part.

I am gonna apply the first layer of the Resin/Hardener on top of the carbon fiber once it is stuck fully onto the parts, so more will come soon
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