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Old 05-28-2013, 12:49 AM   #15
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Day 2 Continued...

So I worked on this for a long time today, and got all the Resin/Hardener coats onto the parts. And after each coat I went over the parts with a heat gun to pop the air bubbles. I found that the air bubbles where almost unavoidable, but the heat gun pops them. Just put the heat gun 6" above the part and you will see the bubbles begin to pop.

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After each coat, I let it dry and get tacky before applying the next coat.

Here is the first coat
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2nd coat
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I did the 5th coat just now, and am gonna let it sit over night, so i'll post pictures of that soon. After the 5th coat is done curing overnight, I am gonna start cleaning up the pieces...which I am dreading, because this carbon fiber is as hard as a rock

But all in all I am really pleased with how it has turned out so far. Sorry for the crappy pictures, they are iphone photos and my garage is pretty dim. but more to come soon
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:55 AM   #16
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It cuts best when you use carbide and high rpm. The hardest part is yet to come for you.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:57 AM   #17
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It cuts best when you use carbide and high rpm. The hardest part is yet to come for you.
Yeah I figured that the cutting would be the hardest...I am seriously dreading it! I got a dremel and a few different routing bits as well as a file to clean up some edges, so I am hoping that these things will do the job fine. If anyone has suggestions on how I should go about cleaning up the pieces, please let me know!
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:49 AM   #18
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Put tape on the good side so the gelcoat is less likely to splinter.

Whittle away at it. Like you said you can file the corners and such, sand on the edges, etc. A band saw would be great for most of the rough cutting. That stuff is hell on Dremel bits, watch the heat.

It's harder to cut than aluminum, but fragile as balsa wood...go figure?
Don't breathe the dust either.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:38 AM   #19
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Did u buy a kit?
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:34 PM   #20
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Put tape on the good side so the gelcoat is less likely to splinter.

Whittle away at it. Like you said you can file the corners and such, sand on the edges, etc. A band saw would be great for most of the rough cutting. That stuff is hell on Dremel bits, watch the heat.

It's harder to cut than aluminum, but fragile as balsa wood...go figure?
Don't breathe the dust either.
Thanks for the info! It will help a lot

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Did u buy a kit?
Yeah, I bought a kit off eBay. It came with the hardner, resin, fabric, 2 paint brushes, gloves and a mixing cup. But the mixing cup and brushes where pretty much usesless
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would you happen to have the link? i want to try this out
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:53 PM   #22
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Looking good, may I suggest that next time you use a resin dye instead of paint, that will make for a stronger bond with you're piece, otherwise you're bond is only as strong as you're paint.
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would you happen to have the link? i want to try this out
Yeah, here is the link

http://www.ebay.com/itm/390508395879...84.m1439.l2649

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Looking good, may I suggest that next time you use a resin dye instead of paint, that will make for a stronger bond with you're piece, otherwise you're bond is only as strong as you're paint.
I will keep that in mind! I did put a layer of resin/hardener on before I applied the CF but after I painted it, which helped with the bond. I didn't even know black resin existed until after I had boughten my kit, so that is why I went with the spray paint route
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Yes, but the resin you applied first is bonded to the paint, and if the paint peals off......

I have a bottle of the dye, all you need is a few drops, let me know if you need some and I'll send you some for you're next pieces.
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Day 3:

So the 5th layer dried today, and here it is:
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It is a little bit uneven in spots, but I am planning on sanding it before adding the clear coat. So I am hoping the sanding will take care of the uneven spots. All in all, I am really happy with how it came out out so far! the next step is taking away the excess carbon fiber, so I am gonna start working on that tomorrow and I'll post pictures when I am finished
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Yes, but the resin you applied first is bonded to the paint, and if the paint peals off......

I have a bottle of the dye, all you need is a few drops, let me know if you need some and I'll send you some for you're next pieces.
Oh ok, I didn't know that, and I will definintly do that next time! Thanks, I appreciate it!
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No prob,

Sanding is a pain I the a$$, just be patient, and be very careful not to over do it and sand down the CF cloth, this can easily happen on the edges of the parts.

Are you wet sanding?
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:14 AM   #28
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No prob,

Sanding is a pain I the a$$, just be patient, and be very careful not to over do it and sand down the CF cloth, this can easily happen on the edges of the parts.

Are you wet sanding?
I'm not sure yet, I read on a few threads that wet sanding is better, but then I have also heard dry sanding is good too. Which do you recommend?
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