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Old 07-11-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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How is everyone taking care of the hood carbon fiber insert?

The manual days no waxing but mine could use some. What are you pros using on it?
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:32 PM   #2
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The manual days no waxing but mine could use some. What are you pros using on it?

If it is the exposed carbon fiber hood it is clear coated and can be cared for like the rest of your paint.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:34 PM   #3
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If it is the exposed carbon fiber hood it is clear coated and can be cared for like the rest of your paint.
Hmm. Manual says to not do it or it becomes hazy looking.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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If it is the exposed carbon fiber hood it is clear coated and can be cared for like the rest of your paint.
What he said, mine is ECF and I use the same wax on it that I do on the whole car.


The manual is not sitting in front of me, but I could have sworn when I read it that it said what you said for the painted one, but that it is okay to wax the ECF, and I can tell you from experience that is okay to wax the ECF
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:36 PM   #5
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I'm going for it then.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:39 PM   #6
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Hmm. Manual says to not do it or it becomes hazy looking.
That was only the flat black insert from 2012 that was discontinued.

The ECF insert and also the Ashen Grey painted insert can be waxed with no issues
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:40 PM   #7
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I'm going for it then.
The question is, do you have the exposed carbon weave? if it is, it's been cleared like normal paint.

In fact, since they ditched the matte black option and the others are painted AGM, I bet that can be cared for as normal painted parts.
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Page 10-90 for the 2013. But I'm waxing it next time I wash the car.
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If it is the exposed carbon fiber hood it is clear coated and can be cared for like the rest of your paint.
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The question is, do you have the exposed carbon weave? if it is, it's been cleared like normal paint.

In fact, since they ditched the matte black option and the others are painted AGM, I bet that can be cared for as normal painted parts.
Yep. Exposed CF I have on white car.
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Yep. Exposed CF I have on white car.
I have the 2013 as well and while the manual does say that, that was for the original 2012's that had the option of ECF or Matte Black.

Matte Black couldn't be waxed. The ECF ALWAYS could be waxed.

Because of the issues with the Matte Black, it was dropped as an option starting in 2013 and they offered painted AGM instead. They just didn't update the manual.

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ECF.
Wax away then! the ECF can be treated the same as your white paint
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I have the 2013 as well and while the manual does say that, that was for the original 2012's that had the option of ECF or Matte Black.

Matte Black couldn't be waxed. The ECF ALWAYS could be waxed.

Because of the issues with the Matte Black, it was dropped as an option starting in 2013 and they offered painted AGM instead. They just didn't update the manual.

go for it.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:53 PM   #13
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Page 10-90 for the 2013. But I'm waxing it next time I wash the car.
I read that before also. It is worded for the flat black insert as stated above. Most likely did not revise the manual since the 2013 was being produced in 2012. There is an old thread that went into the differences between the two. You'll be fine with the clear coated version.
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I regularly wax my exposed weave CF insert with no problems
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You guys are about to make me head into the garage...
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:21 PM   #17
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ECF.
Nice pair of cars.

I just had my ecf hood insert replaced today. Had a flaw that made the clear delaminate. The new one looks awsome so far.

Its clear coated so needs to be treated just like paint.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:04 AM   #18
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:22 AM   #19
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I will continue buffing mine inappropriately. That didn't sound right.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:25 AM   #20
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When I picked mine up the dealer washed it when I had my back turned, and they know better. As a result (instead of letting them fix it) I had to go down to Adams swirl and haze remover for the deck lid and hood. The hood insert had a scratch so deep I went for it with severe swirl and scratch remover and it came out perfect. It was a gamble and I won that one, but I would be leery about going that deep again. Bottom line, they can take polishing and waxing.
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BTW, when I said they can be treated just like paint, I meant like the Junk Man would treat paint.
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