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Old 01-17-2009, 04:32 PM   #1
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Default My Seibon CF Trunk Restoration

I have a Cf trunk that was in pretty bad shape on top of the trunk. A friend of mine polished it with an orbital polisher and didnt really help. I tried every type of paint cleaner, oxidation removers and what not but nothing helped. I knew the clear was bad because when I applied polish it would just dull out even more. This is what it looked like. I had no choice but to wet sand it. Need to polish some small areas a bit more but dont mind it much.
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Lightly wet sanded trunk with 1500 grit, then hand polished it. What a pain. My hand it still sore. After about 5-6 times. I think I did alright, this being my firts time wet sanding.


I used Meguiars Ultimate Compound, Mothers Sealer & Glaze, and Meguiars NXT 2 Tech Polish. I think that was the order lol. Also Turtle wax polishing Compound when I was experimenting. I dont have a DIY because this was my first time doing this. Plus I was just winging it most of the time
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:38 PM   #2
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Damn good job on that, I couldnt imagine it getting that bad, did you keep that thing waxed? Mine's getting some age to it as well with some scratches and small spider cracks.
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:42 PM   #3
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damn dude, you need to pm me asap.

i just got a CF hood and it needs restoration bad, and after seeing this i dont think i wanna pay and have it cleaned up and re clear coated.

hit me up i got some questions for you!
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:29 PM   #4
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reclearing would be your best bet. sedona scooby. dont be cheap.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:35 PM   #5
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Wow looks like new. Good DIY skills. Think about all that money u saved fixing it yourself .
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:52 PM   #6
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reclearing would be your best bet. sedona scooby. dont be cheap.

its not about being cheap, i got enough money to go buy a brand new CF hood and trunk, but i like to find deals and do DIY stuff.

my hood is not even half as bad as the OP's trunk, mine has ZERO oxidation. its just blemishes and scratches that could be "buffed" out but i dont have a buffer. so i'd rather restore the hood.....

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Old 01-17-2009, 10:22 PM   #7
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very nice indeed...i might wanna try
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:13 AM   #8
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I was always afraid of that happening if I got CF, now I'm thinking otherwise
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:30 AM   #9
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some good sealant would prevent that
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:00 AM   #10
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reclearing would be your best bet. sedona scooby. dont be cheap.
....what's cheap about restoring the existing finish if the results look like what the OP was able to achieve? ....for less than a re-spray?
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:10 AM   #11
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because then you wont have to worry about it. DA the old clear off so its all smooth, and re clear. it'll stay looking great. Yeah you can buff it, but its like headlights, you gotta keep tending to it. Might as well just reclear the damn thing and be done with it.

If you must polish it, G3 3M is a good heavy compound.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:26 AM   #12
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because then you wont have to worry about it. DA the old clear off so its all smooth, and re clear. it'll stay looking great. Yeah you can buff it, but its like headlights, you gotta keep tending to it. Might as well just reclear the damn thing and be done with it.

If you must polish it, G3 3M is a good heavy compound.
....the only cost to the OP was in materials (which isn't much) and his effort/time. If he doesn't mind keeping it maintained, what's the point in throwing away money on a respray now?
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:45 PM   #13
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reclearing would be your best bet. sedona scooby. dont be cheap.

Overall Cf Trunk and Materials cost me around $180, since I bough the trunk used. I asked around some body shops to see if I could get it recleared. Most were not too sure about working with Carbon fiber, so I said heck with It, ill do it myself cant make it any worse. It would have been at least $100+ more to get it re-cleared. So im happy with the $30 I spend to do the job...
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:53 PM   #14
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Looks really good but will oxidize again with-out clear. Just my 2 cents from being in the body work business.
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:20 PM   #15
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Looks awesome man, but u need to clear coat it now, or it will happen again.
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:08 PM   #16
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props, I'm getting a cf hood painted. Makes them look like silk IMHO
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:20 PM   #17
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okokokokokokokokokok.


Just trying to sell my STI, sorry, but apparently i have to post 3 times before i can do that.
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:26 PM   #18
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Looks awesome man, but u need to clear coat it now, or it will happen again.
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Looks really good but will oxidize again with-out clear. Just my 2 cents from being in the body work business.
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It would have been at least $100+ more to get it re-cleared. So im happy with the $30 I spend to do the job...
Just clear shouldnt cost you $100 for the trunk lol. Maybe $50. Or if you have a buddy in a shop, a case of beer lol.
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:55 PM   #19
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Looks great man. I gotta do that to my hood when it gets warm again since its pretty much just as bad as your trunk was.

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Is there anything in particular you would suggest
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:35 PM   #20
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Just clear shouldnt cost you $100 for the trunk lol. Maybe $50. Or if you have a buddy in a shop, a case of beer lol.
X3 - you can search on my name to see how I refreshed my CF hood. It went back to being oxidized after not too long.

People keep saying "just get it cleared", but I am curious to hear from people as to what they actually paid to get a CF piece prepped and cleared.
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:17 AM   #21
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dudeeee ima do my hood.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:17 PM   #22
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Nicely done bro!
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:49 PM   #23
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nice! holy moly how does one trunk get like that?!

2 zerosports stickers? i think one is enough...LOL jk
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:39 PM   #24
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That looks incredible! I know my trunk will eventually start to look milky but always planned on just painting it at that point. Now I know I have options.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:59 AM   #25
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nice! holy moly how does one trunk get like that?!

2 zerosports stickers? i think one is enough...LOL jk
Thx guys, eventually gonna get it re-cleared, but for now it looks good. Oh and the stickers were already there when I bought the car, too lazy to take them off
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