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Refinishing Carbon Fiber

Discussion in '612/599' started by Skidkid, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. Skidkid

    Skidkid F1 Veteran
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    Aug 25, 2005
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    I don't have any issue at this point but I can see the potential for scratches in the CF door panels or center console as well as sun damage to the CF dash. I know a little but no real world experience so I thought I would ping this group.


    Can CF be refinished? If so is it as simple as sanding and spraying new clear? And yes I know, "Simple" is a relative term given the need to sand very evenly on curved surfaces. Have you guys used anyone to do that kind of work and if so, who?
     
  2. flash32

    flash32 Formula 3

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    David from exotic car from here does great work ..I believe he is a sponsor as well

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  3. shifter

    shifter Formula Junior

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    I have had it done before due to yellowing. A body shop carefully sanded the CF and sprayed a clear over it. It’s tricky because if you sand too far and you hit fibers, the part is ruined.


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  4. Skidkid

    Skidkid F1 Veteran
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    Thanks guys. I assumed that was correct but really didn't know.
     
  5. meandmyredcorvette

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    I know that this sounds like the old fashion way but one solution that has worked for me depending on the issue is to use a permanent black marker and draw the square pattern in any area where the CF square pattern has been damaged. It does make a big difference in most cases. At least enough for me to live with without having repairs made. When there is a scratch I use the marker on the scratch and immediately wipe the excess off with my finger to help blend it in the scratch and not be as noticeable. When it comes to drawing the squares I do not wipe the squares I draw.
     
  6. Skidkid

    Skidkid F1 Veteran
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    Good idea and it probably helps a lot. Plus, when you eventually refinish it will be sanded anyway so it really only helps hide it for now. In my case, there isn't an issue right now but I can see how it will get dings so I was just asking.
     
  7. Dave rocks

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    Hmmm....Maybe I'll purchase some damaged pieces, John and start playing around :)
     
  8. tazandjan

    tazandjan Three Time F1 World Champ
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    I have purchased pieces off wrecked cars and had them refinished by my local paint shop. Fine sanding and clear coating cures most ills.
     

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