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Old 07-16-2011, 08:37 PM   #1
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Carbon fiber hood siebon fading just a bit at the top near winshield wiper nozzles are all the way across. Any suggestions on how to keepo it from getting worse. I have heard a good clear coat and some wax but other suggestions appreciated. I do park in a garage about 95% off the time. Sometimes sits a few days a week in shaded area at work and sometimes in sun up to 4 hrs depending on parking.
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:15 AM   #2
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Coppertone broad spectrum uva uvab spf70 HAHA! Thats what sucks with CF, sometimes they come through with a really good clear coat and others seem to go to hell so fast. My vis eclipse hood was great for about 2 years then it was like overnight it went downhill fast. There is a product out there called Opti-Coat 2.0 it is a permanent paint coating like a second clear coat. http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-opti-coat.html check it out but READ eveything first it is PERMANENT. Good luck.
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:47 PM   #3
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Thanks very much. will check it out
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:39 AM   #4
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You need to correct the clear coat before you coat it with anything. Putting opti-coat over oxidized clear will do nothing but make it coated oxidized clear coat.

Post up some pictures for more valuable advice.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:53 AM   #5
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Your best bet is to do a light sand where it is damaged to remove the bad clear coat. Start with a high grit sand paper so you dont remove too much.

Might help if you post some pics.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:06 AM   #6
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Putting opti-coat over oxidized clear will do nothing but make it coated oxidized clear coat.
He did state "how to keep it from getting worse"
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He did state "how to keep it from getting worse"
Ahh...yes he did, apologies good sir. However IME this will only prolong the inevitable. It needs to be corrected first.

Regardless, Op you "should" correct the oxidation before you coat it. There is a very good chance this is fixable and it is blasphemous to coat unworthy paint.

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Old 07-21-2011, 08:02 PM   #8
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The only permenant fix is to sand off the gel coat and have it clear coated. A good wax or sealant can slow down the oxidation, but eventually it will start. I tried compound/polish which did work and lasted a few months but even under a sealant it came back.

The parts exposed to the sun alot were the ones to go first for me. I purchased all chargespeed carbon parts which I figured had a "good" gel coat but it seems all gel coat is bound to fade.

I took it to a buddy of mine who owns a shop. We sanded it down through all the gel coat and cleared it. In 2 years now I have had ZERO return of any oxidation.
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I have to agree that the only real fix is to sand the gel coat off and have it cleared with high quality ie PPG, House of Kolor or Dupont high solids clear. The House of Kolor UFC-35 has a huge amount of UV protectants to protect the kandys from fade.
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Sorry for late reply. Thanks for all the info. I will try and get some descent shots to show you guys soon. Thanks so much
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Most CF pieces are finished in gel coat (as a lot of people have already stated) some are clear coated from the factory. Determine which one you have, most likely gel coat. The cool thing about gel coat is that it is the same type of finish used on most boats. Go to your local boating supply store and pick up some marine wax/sealant. (I know meguiars makes a line specifically for gel coats) use this product to help prevent any more oxidation/damage to the finish.
If you are really fed up you can always sand it down and have it re-sprayed with a high quality clear coat which will probably look much better anyway.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:16 PM   #12
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Sweet. Im gonna look into that. Trying to not spend a lot. Diy stuff and friends to help. Thanks again for input. More the better.
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