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 Post subject: How about this?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:48 am 
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So I'm thinking of buying some 3M di noc Carbon Fiber vinyl and going crazy with it....rear wing, side mirrors, interior trim. What do you guys think? It sure beats forking out hundreds and thousands of dollars for authentic CF stuff which only offer minimal weight savings for the external parts. Oh, and the car is a dark metallic green so there won't be much colour contrast....which I personally prefer.

I'm looking at getting it from this site: http://www.carbonfiberfilm.com/ and also looking at getting some clear enamel bomb spray to give it some lustre, focal depth and protect the film itself.

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 Post subject: Re: How about this?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:26 pm 
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I am not a fan of poser/style parts. If you want the benifits and look of CF....Get CF. Otherwise, It looks like a nifty sticker collection from the 2nd Grade. Not doggin you directly, just my opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: How about this?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:17 pm 
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Could look really nice mate.

Go for it and post some pics 8)

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 Post subject: Re: How about this?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:03 am 
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I am not a fan of poser/style parts. If you want the benifits and look of CF....Get CF. Otherwise, It looks like a nifty sticker collection from the 2nd Grade. Not doggin you directly, just my opinion.


No offense taken. Actually I used to think something like that, but I now understand that CF only brings benefits in racing applications where strength and weight savings outweigh cost. I'm no pro. racer and something like a carbon wing and mirror housings yield very little net weight savings. Other than that, its simply bling, and since I absolutely abhor chrome and loud graphics, CF will have to do.

I think the look will be cool once its not overdone (like wrapping the entire hood of the car) so I ordered a 24"x48" piece yesterday from the site I quoted and will have a go at it when it arrives.

I will probably have enough left over to do some interior bits that are faded, such as the door handles, the A-pillar panels and the steering column covers. I will be clear coating all parts covered also, to give it a bit more texture as well as protect the film itself.

I will probably get the spoiler and mirrors off this weekend and start the prep work on them.

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 Post subject: Re: How about this?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:54 am 
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That wrap is quite expensive. $90 for 120x120cm is a lot for just the wrap. I'd buy real cf cloth and get my hands dirty, 100x100cm for $40. Personally I'd do full cf parts, but you can wrap stuff in real cf as well. Of course it requires some skill to handle real cf otherwise it looks shit :blackeye:

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 Post subject: Re: How about this?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:33 pm 
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Yes it is expensive but unlike the regular CF printed vinyl, the 3M di noc is textured, giving a bit more depth to get closer to the 3D effect of real CF. And if you clear coat it with 2-3 coats of enamel, it gives it the lustrous finish that the gel coat has on real CF.

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 Post subject: Re: How about this?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:08 pm 
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PBC137 wrote:
Yes it is expensive but unlike the regular CF printed vinyl, the 3M di noc is textured, giving a bit more depth to get closer to the 3D effect of real CF. And if you clear coat it with 2-3 coats of enamel, it gives it the lustrous finish that the gel coat has on real CF.


Still, one could wrap parts in real cf.

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 Post subject: Re: How about this?
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nixmixin wrote:
I am not a fan of poser/style parts. If you want the benifits and look of CF....Get CF. Otherwise, It looks like a nifty sticker collection from the 2nd Grade. Not doggin you directly, just my opinion.

he wants the looks not the benefits, nor the price...

goforit man..... cf rear side window panels????? :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: How about this?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:45 am 
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^^^ :lol:

But you know there was this australian company that a friend of my who rallies told me about. They make CF interior door panels for rally cars....he got one for his Subaru GC8 rally car (555 ltd. edition)...man that looked sweet!

G-sus, sure you could, but the kits are not available locally, so I would have to import it meaning more charges for duties etc. Too much hassle for me personally, unless I was doing some large surface area that was worth the trouble.

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 Post subject: Re: How about this?
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PBC137 wrote:
G-sus, sure you could, but the kits are not available locally, so I would have to import it meaning more charges for duties etc. Too much hassle for me personally, unless I was doing some large surface area that was worth the trouble.


US ebay has plenty of cf cloth, resin wouldn't be an issue to source locally. True, it's hassle, but it's the real deal, it all depends on what you want.

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 Post subject: Re: How about this?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:29 am 
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Forgot to update....got my 3M di-noc yesterday. So if I can't drive the car for Christmas, I might as well be blinging it out!

Will post some before and after pics of the job.

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