I thought I should make a thread to show u guys some of the carbon fibre work I have been doing to my car.
Ive had the wing mirror covers on my car for a few months now. these were the very first pieces i had ever done with carbon fibre so i was quite proud of them, however there are some rough edges that i am not happy with. so now i have gained alot more experience they will be getting redone in the next few weeks.
some of the tools required for the job
after the first layer of resin
after 4 layers and a final layer with wax added in. this layer ended up running which made it alot harder to sand down
after hours of sanding and trimming it is lacquered
Some may remember my other thread where i was painting my own roof
The plan was to paint the roof and lacquer it and leave until aug/sept until i had more experience with carbon fibre and then source a wider roll and wrap the roof with it, however with the poor paint job i decided against re-doing it all again and went straight into covering with carbon fibre as the base was already black
here im masking the car up again to make sure that no drips of the resin fall onto the car as they can easily ruin the paint. i wish i had got a hold of this stuff when spraying the roof as the paper didnt cover enough of the car and i ended up getting overspray everywhere lesson learnt...
dismantling the aerial and window washer
the resin is applied and let to tack and then the carbon fibre layed ontop. there were a few defects in the weave aswell as creases off the roll which meant that the weave hasnt layed down as perfectly as i would have liked but it still isnt a bad attempt.
shaping around the corners
rolling out any air bubbles/creases and fully saturating the carbon
adding more layers of resin
after trimming i countinued building up the layers of resin. by my 3rd or 4th thin layer it was after 9pm so i decided to call it a day. however the type of resin that i used does not cure in open air so the only way to make it set is to add wax into the last layer. when adding the wax it leaves a thin white type layer ontop which needs to be sanded down and then following layers can be added after... but this is where my biggest problem started because i had not added enough layers of resin before hand and there wasnt enough resin to sand through so i would be sanding down the carbon weave which will ruin the piece. so im trying to see what i can do about that without runing the carbon weave
some other pieces i am working on:
interior trims in red carbon fibre
gear gaitor - red cf
ashtray cover - red cf
u can clearly see the white layer im talking about that is appears once u add the wax in the last coating
trim piece - red cf
12v socket cover
sun visor covers
the sun visors themselves have been dyed black aswell as the plastic trims painted black...
...which will match my soon to be alcantara roof
chrome boot strip - satty badge removed
just a quick coat of black paint to stop any chrome shining through any gaps in the weave
v grill - spraying black again to cover the stone chips from the previous rattle can spray job
lining up and cutting the carbon fibre
wrapping the piece
i now fully understand why people charge such stupid amounts for wrapping carbon parts. the amount of time spent trimming and sanding is crazy. for example the mirror covers easily took 5-6 hours of work to complete, without the hours and hours of waiting.
..... i know u will all be hoping to see some finished pics and most of these pics were taken a few weeks ago but not much progress has happened other than some trimming and abit of sanding down. im trying to find time to finish all these jobs, but finding time between a full time course, a part time course, exams and working all the time is difficult to say the least. hopefully ill have most of the pieces finished within the next week or so and il keep updating this thread