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Old 05-09-2012, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default Detailed [and saved] a Carbon Fiber Trunk today

Short story of the process... wash, clay, test spot, wipe down, polish full trunk, wipe down, wax.

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Old 05-09-2012, 12:41 AM   #2
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:59 AM   #3
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Wow, looks great!
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:24 AM   #4
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Great work.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:10 AM   #5
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that has been my fear of carbon panels but that trunk looks wicked.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:32 AM   #6
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Now is there a limit on how many times you can do that? Are you taking down the clear coat or just removing the oxidation?
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:36 AM   #7
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Probably a little of both^^^ and depends on how thick the clear coat is
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:48 AM   #8
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so if thats the case wouldnt it be smart to clear coat it after it was cleared/cleaned.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:00 AM   #9
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well think of it like regular car paint I guess, seal it the keep it waxed and out of the sun as best as possibly
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:59 AM   #10
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damn nice work..Id re-clear the trunk after
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:11 PM   #11
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looks great, hope you used a good sealant back on top though, did you gauge the clear thickness before and after?
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:38 PM   #12
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That looks really good.

Did that get rid of the yellowing?
My hood is yellowing and wondering if a good polishing would make it have the black tint again, rather than the fugly yellow/green oxidized hue.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:09 PM   #13
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What materials did you use? What wax
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:23 AM   #14
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Sorry wrong thread

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Old 05-13-2012, 03:34 AM   #15
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wow! looked like a lost cause before, then brand new when done. fantastic job!
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:23 PM   #16
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Thanks for all of the compliments.

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Now is there a limit on how many times you can do that? Are you taking down the clear coat or just removing the oxidation?
No designated limit, but there is only so much clearcoat or resin before you polish through it all. Depends on how aggressive your detailing process is.

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so if thats the case wouldnt it be smart to clear coat it after it was cleared/cleaned.
Carbon fiber and its resin are not as resistant as automotive clearcoat. It would be smart to get it resprayed with automotive clearcoat for best quality in the long run. See comment below too.

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well think of it like regular car paint I guess, seal it the keep it waxed and out of the sun as best as possibly
While this will indeed help, wax/sealant are not as resistant as clearcoat. Contaminants and fallout can take wax/sealant off pretty quickly too.

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looks great, hope you used a good sealant back on top though, did you gauge the clear thickness before and after?
A good sealant was used. Product list is below. No paint thickness gauge yet...

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That looks really good.

Did that get rid of the yellowing?
My hood is yellowing and wondering if a good polishing would make it have the black tint again, rather than the fugly yellow/green oxidized hue.
Not sure about this yellowing you are talking about. The oxidation on here was just cloudy and grey.

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Meguiar's APC (initial cleaning and remove polish residue at end)
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:37 PM   #17
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looks good. i did something similiar to that a while back. bought the trunk for $100 and it was all wetsanded down then put some tlc to it and it came out like new!!
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wow that looks amazing
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:34 AM   #19
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How many hours did this take you?
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:27 PM   #20
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How many hours did this take you?
Anywhere between 1-1.5 hours. I was talking with the owner here and there so it wasn't constant work.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:06 PM   #21
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Oh wow. I would have thought 4-5 hrs. Turned out great.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:09 PM   #22
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Looks brand new
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:30 PM   #23
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Not sure about this yellowing you are talking about. The oxidation on here was just cloudy and grey.
Odd. My Seibon hood hasn't been oxidizing because I wax it (like a lot). All that happens is it yellows. You know when it's brand new it has that black tint to it, you see in the sun? Now, it looks more yellow and green in the sun.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:28 PM   #24
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question, I got rid of most of the oxidation w/ porter cable and meguiars ultimate compound then nxt wax, but the oxidation came back a week later. Should I use a stronger polish like M105 then 205?
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:52 PM   #25
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I have never done anything like this ever, i bought a subi with a cf hood and its starting to get that oxidation and it looks less than desirable, my question is did you use a orbital polisher to do this? And also mine has some cracks in the clear coat as well, my insurance might cover it but if not i was thinking about sanding it all the way down or close to the mesh and re clearing it. What do you think?
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