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Old 11-29-2005, 08:33 AM
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When having parts of your car carbon fiber, do you all prefer to paint them, or leave them alone? (excluding the hood, which seems to be left as-is most of the time....as mine is)
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Old 11-29-2005, 10:31 AM
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leave it how it is in its natural form looks more raw and aggressive i think but also seen it painted on my mates skyline which was quite cool if you knew it was carbon but you couldnt tell if ya didnt from loks seems a bit of a waste if ya ask me. also like it semi painted leaving some carbon showing thats quite stealthy
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Old 11-29-2005, 12:22 PM
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I've never like the Carbon look personally, so if I were going to spend the money, I'd have to paint it.
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Old 11-29-2005, 12:54 PM
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If it was functional and actually took enough weight off the car to make a difference, I'd paint it. Total sleeper. Have my hood red and someone lifts it and goe s"WHOA"... yep.. thats it.
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Old 11-29-2005, 02:14 PM
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All depends on the car and style in my opinion. I really like the technique of painting part of the part while still exposing a little bit of the CF. Some cars can pull off the full-out CF exterior, but some should definitely just paint it and go with the clean sleeper look
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Old 11-29-2005, 02:20 PM
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I agree, Rally. Usually the seams aren't in a good place, and the flow of the car is really messed up by a full CF bonnet, boot, etc. But painting the edges to blend, and leaving stripes or center section in CF is hot.
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For example, the MINI hood, and the CF fenders they offer. If you get them (because the hood raps all the way over like a cap), it will look better to even just add a bit of painting to make the border a bit less sharp.
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:01 PM
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I am getting a front splitter. Thankfully, Brian dropped it off to be painted for me.
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:13 PM
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In my opinion, the best is when you have dry carbon (vacuum-bagged carbon fiber that has had most of the resin sucked out of it then cured, leaving just enough resin to make the piece strong, with no excess weight) that is painted. This way, it looks like your regular painted body work, until you look up close and see a very subtle weave texture in the paint.
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:27 PM
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heres all the carbon on my car at the moment
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:47 PM
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That is hot...
I do like the idea about the dry carbon fiber being painted with texture though... sounds hot...
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Old 11-29-2005, 07:04 PM
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Im a fan of stock carbon fiber. There is a limit in my opinion though. I like the carbon fiber hood and hatch (depending on the color of the car also), but like fenders and stuff, im not a huge fan of. Im mean if you are going to get carbon fiber parts, its either cause you want the weight loss or you just like carbon fiber. If you want the weight loss, why add more weight to it with paint? I know its not much but its still there. And if you like the carbon fiber look then you like the carbon fiber look. hehe
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Old 11-29-2005, 07:06 PM
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Im a fan of stock carbon fiber. There is a limit in my opinion though. I like the carbon fiber hood and hatch (depending on the color of the car also), but like fenders and stuff, im not a huge fan of. Im mean if you are going to get carbon fiber parts, its either cause you want the weight loss or you just like carbon fiber. If you want the weight loss, why add more weight to it with paint? I know its not much but its still there. And if you like the carbon fiber look then you like the carbon fiber look. hehe
I donno, ask every race car builder on Earth.

Paint adds very little weight, and sponsorship funds and parts offset the speed lost to those few ounces.
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Old 11-29-2005, 10:36 PM
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Yeah i wasnt thinking of it like that I supppose. I as just thinking of home tuners. i wasnt thinking of the race scene. If you put it like that, then do what-ever you think looks the best i say. hehe
P.S. Thanx for putting me in my place Ivan.:o :p
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Ah, I didn't mean to come off harsh! Punch me in the face next time you see me!
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