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Carbin Fiber

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' started by DeepWater, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. Just wondering with carbon fiber exhausts, what is the best way to put abit of shine back into 'em ?? can you polish/wax the carbin fiber ?

  2. If its been damaged, your best bet is to use some sandpaper to get rid of deep gouges/scuffs. Go to your local hardware and buy ascending grades of WET AND DRY/WATERPROOF sandpaper. Start with maybe a 360 grain, then 800, 1000 and 1200 to finnish. You can find the grain values and see if its wet and dry on the back of the paper. Just keep in mind that your pipe may be clear coated, so taking this off with sandpaper will result in a dull finnish, and dont go too crazy, becouse you might take off too much carbon...
    To make things look nicer, you can clear coat your pipe with SEPTONE HEATPROOF CLEAR GLOSS (from repco/supercheap auto, Bursons ect.) that comes in a spray can. Go for a few coats, following the dirtections, making sure your pipe is clean. Depending on the carbon fibre that has been used, you can also get different resin coats, but the SEPTONE should do the trick.
    Oh, and for anyone else whose damaged/cracked their pipe, dont throw it away! you can repair it at home for less than $100, as well as using ur stainless pipes and covering them in a carbon fiber wrap (great for dints ect)
  3. Yep working through progressive grades of wet/dry well get a flat, dull finish - following up with a polishing compound should bring it up to a shine though. Carbon fibre is generally set in epoxy resin so deep scratches can often be filled in rather than trying to sand them out - ideally use an epoxy with a low viscosity (generally those with a long setting time) and let it flow out to a smooth surface around the scratch. Then sand smooth once set (heating the epoxy is a good way to get it to cure to full hardness - the heat from the exhaust should do the job).
  4. Here's an interesting and absolutely uselsess fact on carbon fibre. Apparently the holdups on the A380 airbus (bloody big passenger jet airliner) have been due to the lack of availability of supply of carbon fibre. The entire fuselage is spun carbon fibre.

    I'm told by a fairly reliable source that there are only 2-3 carbon fibre plants (I can't remember exactly) in existence. All of which are in asia somewhere. (Maybe europe, memory lapse again). Demand is that high, and supply is slow, so it has to be rationed out between the domestic, commercial and military markets.

    Another useless factoid is that the problem with carbon fibre aircraft is that there is no way to inspect the aircraft for fatigue. They use X-ray, and UV sensative dye on metal airframes to inspect for fractures, and other signs of fatigue.

    Useless, but though someone might find it interesting.
  5. Yep, same applies to non-aviation uses too - which is why it's increased use in motorcycles is a little worrying (especially when they're making important bits like wheels out of it :shock:).
  6. there is nothing wrong with the pipe, just due to weathering its abit dull, so was just wondering if u could polish or wax it.