|July 12th, 2009, 06:42 PM||#1|
UPDATED:DIY:CF Hood Re-Clear
So Iv had my VIS CF hood for about 2 years now. This summer its finally starting to get those what looks like water spots all over it.That and the famous green/yellow color. So I cleared it today.Pictures taken from my blackberry,Sorry
-UPDATE ON BOTTOM!-
=Work Bench for hood to rest securely
=800Grit wetdry sand paper
=hose,bucket,or squirt bottle with water
=GRAY:scotch brite pad(comes in pack of 3)
=Windex,Or proper car cleaner with ammonia
=Clear and activator
=cloth shop rags or non lint paper towels.
High Speed orbital buffer.with proper foam pads
1st:Clean the hood with Windex,or other wax/grease remover item.
-This step gets all those years/months of waxing that beautiful cf hood,allowing easier,faster sanding next.
2nd:lay the hose on the hood and start sanding with 800grit.Dont have to do alot of sanding,Just enough to scuff the surface. If your clear is peeling you may need to feather it out and sand more.But in my case a few light passes did the job.
3rd:Clean the hood once again with Windex or wax/grease to get the white wet sanding residue off.
4th:go back over with the GRAY scotch brite pad to make sure you didnt miss anything.Then Spray little sections with windex and scuff it wet.
5th:Clean the hood again with wax/grease remover. And tack it off
6th:Mix up your clear.and lay 3+coats on.Waiting 15mins in between or as your clear coat says.
7th: Depending on your gun,and surroundings;The clear may not spray out so flat and will leave the "orange peel" look.Thats ok,just needs to buff.
-only pics i have finished,Started Raining.
After the hood has dried for several hours. Now time to put sand paper back to the freshly painted hood.
-Get out the 1500gritt sand paper and go over the hood lightly.doing this with a block or wood stick will benefit from getting waves in it,and will allow ultra slick look once finished.
-After sanding the trash,orange peel down to your liking. GO back over the hood with 2000/3000.
-Get the buffer out along with the compound. Do section by section.Take it slow.With buffing carbon fiber,you cant heat up the resin as much as you would a normal metal panel.Or it will just cloud up again.
-once finished with compound,it will still be dull but should have all the sand scratches out. Go back over it with the swirl remover/polish;This will bring back the shine.
-After its all done wax that baby up and put it back on the car.
Hood has been buffed.looks great for time i spent.has room for improvement.trash in paint.but what do you expect for being out in the open spraying!
-Sanded with 1500,then back over it with 2000g wet
Started buffing sections at a time: *COMPOUND ONLY STAGE*
Then Finished with,swirl remover,glaze,and wax;
Give it a good wash!
Look at the reflection of the clouds..looks good
Note; That I said it still has room for improvement. Reasoning I say this is because,I Sprayed the hood very quick and got alot of trash in the paint on the 1st coat.didnt bother getting them out and sprayed 3 more down. There is still a hand full of trash in the hood.But atleast it is protected from the suns harmful rays. Now I did a quick job because Im re-painting the car soon anyways,along with the hood again. So for yall;Take your time and do it right.
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Last edited by 1nonlyaccord; July 19th, 2009 at 02:51 PM..
|July 13th, 2009, 09:54 PM||#6|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Northeast PA
damn you are really good painting man, i've seen all your paint threads, the RV, your blue paint, your sparkle engine bay, now this...big props dude!! the whole orbiting polishers/sandpaper/polish/wax stuff has always intimidated me.
|July 19th, 2009, 04:33 PM||#13|
v not some model, my girl
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Hampton VA
not a bad diy... the only thing i would change would be using a wax. technically you arent supposed to put wax on fresh paint for 30 days to allow all tail solvents to evaporate. if you use a lightning clear that dries alot faster than the time can be cut down to one week vs 1 month. a wax can trap in tail solvents and cause solvent pops. your hood looks alot better though.
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