Carbon technology has brought car part manufacturing into greater heights. Through a technique, aptly referred to as carbon lamination, modern car parts are readily produced. The finished car parts look a lot sleeker and sexier. So, don’t wonder why a Porsche or a Lamborghini gets to impress you. Porsche and Lamborghini factories have been relying on carbon lamination for quite some time. Here are some steps involved in making carbon fiber car parts:
- Prepare the car part’s surface. Degrease it first. After that, sand the front area. Your goal is achieve a rough yet even surface. The roughness essentially guarantees maximum adhesion. Think of this step as if you were working on a painting. Your initial preparation is going to matter a lot in your final result.
- Identify the parts that need to be masked. Find out which portions are not to covered by lamination. You should mask them properly. You don’t want some materials to accumulate on those areas while you are actually reassembling or installing the piece.
- Apply the carbon manually. Once you have masked the pre-determined portions of the car part, get ready to work on the carbon. Be very cautious and thorough here. This step is highly important in the entire process. You need to use your artisanal skill here. Bear in mind that when you are applying cosmetic carbon, distortion should be minimized.
- Trim the excess carbon. Since you have applied the carbon manually, some edges or some sections may have extra carbon. Again, as from being careful, you need to be patient here. Make sure that the trimming is skillfully done and no distortion is created.
- Get ready for the initial sanding and polishing. Feel the surface area. Are there any noticeable lumps? Well, focus on those sections. Sand them and then, polish them. You need to achieve a smoother surface before you can proceed with the second lacquering.
- Spray the second lacquer. The second layer is meant to finish the carbon lamination process. If you asked a manufacturing company to do the work for you, everything stops here. After the second lacquer has been applied, your car part is ready to be boxed and sent to you. However, since you are supposed to be doing this on your own, further steps need to be taken.
- Do the final sanding and polishing. Again, scan the surface area. Lumps should be taken out through sanding and polishing. If you do this efficiently, you can enjoy an extra smooth surface and get a great glossy finish.
- Reassemble and adjust the car part. Inspect it again. Notice if there are any defect or damage. Make sure that even the smallest or the slightest aberration is promptly remedied, repaired, or corrected. If necessary, reapply the carbon and the lacquer.
Carbon lamination is surely going to make your projects a lot easier to accomplish, especially when you want to repair or restore your own car. Just make sure that you have ample time to spend, a great load of patience to give, and a ventilated workspace to boot.