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Old 11-03-2013, 02:00 PM   #1
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Clear coating CF Hood?

So I have had a Seibon Carbon fiber hood on for about three weeks, and I want to protect it as best as possible. I have seen to many of these hoods that look terrible because of yellowing. How would I go about Clear Coating and applying a good sealant. If anyone can find a DIY on clearing CF I would be very pleased. I would also like to know some product recommendations on Sealant and other products to use. Thanks
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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Clear coating CF Hood?

Here's a DIY.

Take it to a professional, he will clear/sand/polish it. If you're competent you can install it yourself.


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Old 11-03-2013, 06:55 PM   #3
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Re: Clear coating CF Hood?

I can install it myself, I installed it the first time. Not hard at all, just had to transfer components from my old hood and that took about twenty minutes. Easier than an oil change. And do you know how much an average shop charges for this? I know it varies by location but just a rough estimate

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Old 12-09-2013, 10:30 PM   #4
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Unfortunately each shop is different, but on average, I know to sand and prep a hood is $400, but since you are just getting the hood cleared it could be less. The problem with CF hoods is that they are mostly gel coat when you receive them, so they are not made to withstand the harsh UV that the sun puts off. Why is this? Because it is cheap and looks good upon initial purchase.

I would say as far as polishing, most body shops dont have a single clue as to what constitutes proper finishing of a sanded surface. They try, but they just end up filling the surface with oil that will be removed upon the first or second wash.

As far as protecting it, yes a wax and or sealant will keep it protected after you get the work done, but i would strongly consider looking into a coating such as cquartz, opticoat, or any other coating.
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Unfortunately each shop is different, but on average, I know to sand and prep a hood is $400, but since you are just getting the hood cleared it could be less. The problem with CF hoods is that they are mostly gel coat when you receive them, so they are not made to withstand the harsh UV that the sun puts off. Why is this? Because it is cheap and looks good upon initial purchase.

I would say as far as polishing, most body shops dont have a single clue as to what constitutes proper finishing of a sanded surface. They try, but they just end up filling the surface with oil that will be removed upon the first or second wash.

As far as protecting it, yes a wax and or sealant will keep it protected after you get the work done, but i would strongly consider looking into a coating such as cquartz, opticoat, or any other coating.
The thing I have is that the cost of the hood is only $100 more than the quotes I was getting from shops. I was at a car meet where a guy with a WRX had a Seibon Hood and Trunk and they both looked new. He said he did not get a clear coat but waxes every week. Plus, his is always outside. Mine is in my garage most of the time. Thank you for providing a well thought out answer though! Welcome to the forum!
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The thing I have is that the cost of the hood is only $100 more than the quotes I was getting from shops. I was at a car meet where a guy with a WRX had a Seibon Hood and Trunk and they both looked new. He said he did not get a clear coat but waxes every week. Plus, his is always outside. Mine is in my garage most of the time. Thank you for providing a well thought out answer though! Welcome to the forum!
Thanks for the welcome!

Sadly, each production run of a hood is different as well. While they have to keep some sort of consistency during production, im sure mixtures are never the same when changing out the molds. Some carbon fiber hoods may never incur any uv damage and may always remain looking prestine, but the majority will suffer from some sort of damage. I know it may be more of an expense then you wanted to have to deal with, but the hassle of trying to keep it pristine by making sure you have a "waxing" calender just gets annoying and in the long run may just delay the inevitable. The majority of cars that I have worked on that had aftermarket carbon fiber had some sort of UV damage that could not be fixed by buffing/polishing, and did require a clear coat sprayed on.

I wont say proper maintenance wont keep it looking very good for a long amount of time, because you may end being able to keep it looking like new for as long as you own it, but at the same time, dont want to print pictures of grandeur only to have your hood fade within a few months or years.
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Clear coating CF Hood?

Shouldn't cost you a lot. I payed for mine to get painted and clear coated and I only payed $350.

Picks of my hood are here.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/masiabd/

Mine is the carbon black on bronze wheels.


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Shouldn't cost you a lot. I payed for mine to get painted and clear coated and I only payed $350.

Picks of my hood are here.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/masiabd/

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Looks good! I'm most likely going to wait until spring to do painting as i plan on getting new body kit pieces as mine are sh*t right now. It would just be easier to do it all at the same time.
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