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I know I am going to get crap about this because it does nothing but laminate the roof and make it stronger but I had the materials laying around and wanted to save on Paint cost when I did it because my Silver Paint was $190 a quart.

first I don't have every picture as I went along but you must have a clean prepped surface.... Makes sense right?
I used common black paint in a can to paint the base of the car. This is very important as if the fibers shift you can see specs of colors below.

Next you must mix your resin. I did a lot of research on a proper resin with UV properties that dries clear. Cheap resin will fade yellow and crack like cheap carbon fiber hoods.
WEST System 105 Epoxy Resin
The Epoxy is all the same for everything its the Hardener that produce's the cure and clarity. The 207 Hardener is designed for unpainted clear finishes like wood on a boat.

After the surface is prepped and painted black you must apply resin on the surface. DO NOT mix all your resin at once you only have about 20 min before it starts to harden. Do not worry about it being uneven as the resin is very thin liquid state and will settle like the picture below.


After 15-20 min touch the resin to see if it is tacky without sticking to your finger like wet Elmers/White glue. Depending on the outside temperature the resin dries and different speeds.

Next is the crucial most important part. ***Note*** CF cloth is not like Fiberglass which has microbeads of resin gluing the strands together so they do not shift. If you tug CF cloth it will shift the whole pattern. When laying your CF cloth get 4 friends to help (One at each Corner). Slowly lower it to the surface centered. You must set it from the center outward to avoid waves and folds. Press it down in the center smoothing it out as it is lowered. Use masking tape to hold down all the edges of cloth and to wrap around corners.

Mix more resin and time to bond it immediately. Now we bond the Cloth to the tacky Base with more resin. Soak your smoothed cloth with resin using a squeegee. This pushes out all air bubbles as you soak the cloth. If you encounter too many air bubbles like a froth you have too much resin in that spot squeegee it along to a drier area. To pop other bubbles you can use a heat gun and blow it over the surface and they will pop.
This is what it will look like afterwords.



Let dry until cured 12-24 hours depending on temperature outside.

Once dry you will need Sandpaper. 120grit works fine we need to scuff it up to allow the next layer of resin to bond. Be Careful not to scuff it too much and have the fibers fray out.

At this time I also cut off all my extra overlap as you can see in the pics above.

Now you need to apply about 3 more layers of resin every 30-45 Min per layer as it sets up. after a full 24-36 hour Cure get the sander paper out. Resin is like sanding steel. start with 80-120 grit move to 220 then 320....400...600. It should appear close to this at 800.


You can continue all the way to 2000 grit and then Polishing compound or do as I did and use Clear coat in a spray gun.

 

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that looks awesome. i dont think i would trust myself to lay it down straight. seems like it would be rear easy to turn into disaster. how much is the cloth?
 

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Woah, looks cool. Maybe something I would probably do this in the future as a project. How does the finish product look?
 

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would be even better to make a mold and replace the metal roof with the cf!
 

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would be even better to make a mold and replace the metal roof with the cf!
Yes and my thought was to do that and sell replacements make some money but unfortunately the cost to make a mold would be about $300 and shipping would have to go truck freight would people really pay? $200 in materials cost $400 sale price...$200 truck freight?
 

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Yes and my thought was to do that and sell replacements make some money but unfortunately the cost to make a mold would be about $300 and shipping would have to go truck freight would people really pay? $200 in materials cost $400 sale price...$200 truck freight?
some people would buy it, but i don't think that many would, it would all depend on what the bottom dollar price they could be sold for would be i think. less than $500, i think it would sell ok, but anymore, i doubt it. really wouldn't be worth the investment in the mold, or the time really. +rep for you for a great job!

edit: how many layers did you lay?
 

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i was kinda leery of this when i saw the title... but actually I'm really diggin' it :bigok: you do good work... shows in your finish... I'd like to see a pic panned out of the car... that cf roof prob looks pretty slick with the silver on the car :yes: oh... and rep for another Ohio folk :bigok:
 

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he found the golden engine at the end of the rainbow! lol.
 

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yup... you know how hard that was to wrassle away from those damn leprechauns!!! :bigrofl:
 

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as long as they weren't the rainbow colored leprechauns it couldn't have been too hard, the rainbow colored ones are the ones you have to watch out for, they carry knives!
 

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no they were garden variety leprechauns... but shit my shins hurt.... those lil bastards have a vicious kick!!! lmao actually if you look through my build I have a real painting problem... can't leave anything setting around me for too long or I'll tear it down and paint it another color!!! hahahahaha!!! anywho... I'll stop thread jackin' with leprechaun stories now :clover: :bigok:
 

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some people would buy it, but i don't think that many would, it would all depend on what the bottom dollar price they could be sold for would be i think. less than $500, i think it would sell ok, but anymore, i doubt it. really wouldn't be worth the investment in the mold, or the time really. +rep for you for a great job!

edit: how many layers did you lay?
1 Layer of cloth
 

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flipping awesome man.... question you think this could be done to fenders and such? rep'd man
Yes CF will wrap on anything I even wrapped a guys valve cover for him. Its just a lot of sanding like I said its like sanding steel to a polish.
I have seen a whole CF wrapped CRX on eBay it took the guy like 8 months of daily work to finish it. And if you do the math its almost cheaper than some high end paint jobs.
 

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I like this, I really want to see some pics from a distance...How do you keep water from getting up underneath the overlay?
 
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