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crespo_h69 Jan 12, 5:37pm - #372639 
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Carbon Fiber

I was thinking of making my own carbon fiber dash and was wondering if there was a way of doing it myself. Is it cheaper? Can anyone post some links to something related?

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Erick Jan 12, 5:42pm - #372640 

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here's how much it cost for us to buy a real carbon fiber one that gets stuck on https://www.celicahobby.com/ubbthrea...part=20&vc= spineyes

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celicadragon Jan 13, 2:31pm - #372641 

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thats not the whole dash, the whole dash would be cool

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Speed4TheNeed Jan 13, 2:58pm - #372642 

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^^ was thinking the same thing.

basically carbon fiber weave starts at around $38 a yard for the 'cheap' stuff (basic weave) for a comparison..fiberglass starts at around $4 a yard. you'll also need some epoxy resin as well..loland some gloves to prevent from getting a LOT of splinters.

practice on some fiberglass weave first (not just fiberglass matt..get the weave). do this because it's a lot cheaper if you screw up (and if your just starting out you most likely will screw up)..after you get the fiberglass weave down..then try the carbon fiber weave.
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Speed4TheNeed Jan 13, 3:00pm - #372643 

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also..practice on your a-pillar plastics first (the plastics that cover up the a-pillar--the ones that enclose the windshield). there a lot easier to remove and don't have the curves that the dash does. really you should just start on a piece of flat plywood, but the first car thing i would do was the a-pillars

btw: get "west systems" epoxy resin & hardeners...they're considerred the best for non-impregnated carbon fiber laying. you'll typically spend more on resin & hardener than the carbon fiber itself. it's not cheap..but still a lot cheaper than letting someone else do it.
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crespo_h69 Jan 13, 5:53pm - #372644 
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Thanks everyone! Also, wasn't there a thread once with instruction on doing it?

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crespo_h69 Jan 14, 1:27am - #372645 
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any one?

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