carbon fiber is dull need to make it

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  1. boostedscooby

    boostedscooby no blue icon no care

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    Shine. Just bought an older car with a carbon fiber hood that is dull (no more shine). what can i use to make it shine again. I used s100 carnuba wax but had no effect.
     
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    S100 Carnauba is a pure wax with no cleaning power.

    Clearkote's Vanilla Moose works great on carbon fiber.
     
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    thanks will try as soon as possible.
     
  4. OlafBeserka

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    cool I need to do this too. I have a bottole of the meguiars swirl remover 2.0, would that have any effect on it??
     
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    Meguiars #9 Swirl Remover 2.0 would also work well.
     
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    reviving this thread, we dont have those products actively available here in oz

    mine is oxidised to the shithouse (engine bay temps @ 9000rpm all day = massive) and i need to get it back to mint and shiny

    ive used scratchX but it only takes the oxi whiteness away till it washes off, i can still see the dullness underneath

    ive tried wax/harsh polish with no real result

    what kinda product do i need? a cleaner? i thought it might need to be taken back hard but its only clear? and wouldnt it be cooked from underneath?

    and dont suggest paint you haters wither...dont wanna paint it as the paint will bubble on track


    thanks guys
     
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    IIRC, carbon fiber is simply black fiberglass mat, right? if so, find a product that will polish gelcoat. try some boat shops, the Meg's marine line is pretty good stuff.
     
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    no its a carbon based fibre weave with a gelcoat/resin over the top

    but thanks, ill see if we get that
     
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    ok, then a marine gelcoat product should work for you.

    oh and that's the same way traditional 'glass is done.
     
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    Wetsand and polish.
     
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    wetsand? with soapy water yeh?
     
  12. BradUF

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    Seems harsh...
     
  13. Labster

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    I'd be really careful wetsanding carbon fiber. I've heard some horror stories about doing that.
     
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    me too

    even the harshest of polish doesnt get this fuckign white shit off

    scottwax??
     
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    always start with the least abrasive option, and if that doesn't work, take 1 step further....


    Do you have a PC? Start with your PC and a medium abrasive polish, anything labeled 'swirl remover' usually fits that bill. Try it first with a polishing pad, if that doesn't work, try it with a compounding pad.

    If you're not getting anywhere with that, step up to a gelcoat polish, as already suggested. Same deal - first with a polishing pad, then with a compounding pad.


    Somewhere in there, you should find some results. I expect the compounding pad and swirl remover will do the trick.

    But if not, i'd try a few harsher cutting compounds before even considering wetsanding carbon fiber....
     
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    ok thanks!
     

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