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Old 01-29-2009, 11:31 PM   #1
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Hey all, I recently purchased a s202 CF rear spoiler, but I have no experience in keeping CF looking nice. Does anybody have any tips? I live in Savannah, where the sun is pretty harsh...

Do I wax with regular waxes? Do you ever claybar it? Never had CF stuff before, so any help would be great!
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:40 PM   #2
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You should probably get a quote from a local shop on spraying it with clear coat. The gel coat that comes on it will eventually wear off and the cf will fade to that nasty ricer yellow. Sorry, don't have much info on waxing/cleaning it though.

Edit: Well, I dunno. Maybe the S202 spoilers come clear coated. Someone else chime in here. I only have experience with my cf hood.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:43 PM   #3
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its probably clear coated so just treat it nicer than you would your paint. clay and wax yes
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:18 AM   #4
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The yellowing comes from UV radiation from the sun which break down bonds in the resin, not wearing of the gelcoat. The only way I know to prevent it is to paint it.
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:20 AM   #5
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Lots of info about this topic here.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:17 PM   #6
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Yes there is, thanks for all the information guys. Hopefully there is more to come. I know there are a lot of WRX's and STI's out there with CF, so keep it coming guys! The more info the better!
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:22 PM   #7
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You can prevent the yellowing of the CF by applying a UV stabilized clear coat. Most of the CF parts that you get dont have clear coat, only clear gel coat which is not UV stable. A good clear coat like Chroma-clear has a UV stabilzing agent in it that will prevent the sun from affecting your part.

If you do take you part to a painter to have clear coat added make sure that they have worked with CF before. If they over sand the part they run a risk of sanding into the weave of the cloth and ruining the pattern. Once that happens there is no repair.

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You can prevent the yellowing of the CF by applying a UV stabilized clear coat. Most of the CF parts that you get dont have clear coat, only clear gel coat which is not UV stable. A good clear coat like Chroma-clear has a UV stabilzing agent in it that will prevent the sun from affecting your part.

If you do take you part to a painter to have clear coat added make sure that they have worked with CF before. If they over sand the part they run a risk of sanding into the weave of the cloth and ruining the pattern. Once that happens there is no repair.

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other then just painting it
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:48 PM   #9
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True, but if they were just going to paint it, why spend the money on carbon fiber. There are quite a few cheaper materials out there that would end up being just as light.
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Yes there is, thanks for all the information guys. Hopefully there is more to come. I know there are a lot of WRX's and STI's out there with CF, so keep it coming guys! The more info the better!
I didn't mean in this thead. I meant do a search. There are already 24 threads regarding carbon fiber in this section, and several of them answer your specific question.
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Old 02-01-2009, 01:28 PM   #11
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Hey all, I recently purchased a s202 CF rear spoiler, but I have no experience in keeping CF looking nice. Does anybody have any tips? I live in Savannah, where the sun is pretty harsh...

Do I wax with regular waxes? Do you ever claybar it? Never had CF stuff before, so any help would be great!
That wing has survived at least 3 years in Vegas and it is doing fine with out messing with it. Just wax it it when you wax your car.
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:02 PM   #12
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That wing has survived at least 3 years in Vegas and it is doing fine with out messing with it. Just wax it it when you wax your car.
Thats what I figured. I love the wing and it looks great on the car. I just wanted to make sure I keep it looking good. Never had carbon fiber before, so...
Here's how it turned out...
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