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    Default Prepping a carbon fiber hood for re-clear

    I've never done anything with a CF hood, and I might be re-clearing one soon for a fellow [FJ] member.

    Is there any special prep work required for re-clearing a CF hood? Or, should I just treat it as any other panel for clear?

    I was figuring, sand it with 1000 grit to scuff the old clear, clean it, then shoot it. Then obviously wet sand and wheel it out.

    Anyone have any tips for me on this?
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    Default Re: Prepping a carbon fiber hood for re-clear

    You're right on track with the 1000 grit. Anything lower than 800 will show through the clear, so if there are any scratches that the 1000grit isnt touching, you can use 800 but don't go any lower than that.
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    Default Re: Prepping a carbon fiber hood for re-clear

    The hood isn't scratched. It's faded to hell, and the previous owner of the car had stickers on it, and you can see where they were at on the hood by the un-faded areas. So, the current owner decided he and another guy are gonna try to wheel it out, and if that doesn't work, I'm gonna re-clear it for him.
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    Default Re: Prepping a carbon fiber hood for re-clear

    Well as long as its just surface fade in the gel coat it should buff out, just be carefull because resin will fog if you get it too hot with a buffer.
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    Default Re: Prepping a carbon fiber hood for re-clear

    Quote Originally Posted by Azwethinkweiz
    Well as long as its just surface fade in the gel coat it should buff out, just be carefull because resin will fog if you get it too hot with a buffer.
    That's why I'm not buffing it. I'm the gunslinger, should it need to be re-cleared. I'll let the local detailing expert handle the buffing. I've seen his work, and he's good.
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    Default Re: Prepping a carbon fiber hood for re-clear

    I'd giver with 800, so it has a bit more bite into the old material.. We hit day old unbaked clear with 600 wet, then re-clear for a flatter finsh, and i've never had a problem with seeing scrtches.

    Should probably use some adhesion promotor either in the clear or spray it on after you tack it, then tack again once its dried..

    Make sure you use a waterbased pre-cleano aswell since its a fiber peice rather than steel.
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    Default Re: Prepping a carbon fiber hood for re-clear

    Thanks for the advice guys. So I'm gonna lay out my list of supplies to ya, tell me if I'm missing anything.

    Clearcoat
    Hardener
    Reducer
    Water-based cleaner
    800 grit sandpaper
    Adhesion promoter
    Tack rag
    Gun (of course)

    I'll pass this along to the owner that I'll probably be doing this for.
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