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Old 10-22-2006, 03:39 PM   #1
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Painting carbon fiber

may sound silly but i think i have come up with an idea on how to paint carbon fiber.

am doing a Tamiya F1 ferrari and after trying to add carbon fiber decals to the suspenion arms and not getting anywhere,i was thinking of another way.

heres what i have come up with.first i painted the arms silver and placed a 1/24 scale mesh grill over the arm and gave it a blast of semi gloss back,it came out ok but there was too much silver,so i shall paint the arm black then silver and see if the results are better.

if it all works i shall post pictures but ill have to think a bit more about it.
if anyones tryed it let me know.

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Old 10-22-2006, 03:54 PM   #2
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Re: Painting carbon fiber

Karl,

I tried something similar weeks ago, after reading a topic here at AF. I started spraying the body with semi-gloss black. Then I wrapped a piece of lady stocking (20 den) around the bodywork and sprayed with light gun metal, waited for a few minutes and removed


The next day I sprayed the bodywork with Tamiya PS smoke, and this is the result


I guess this technique could be applied to small/intermediate parts but not over bodyworks.

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Old 10-22-2006, 04:31 PM   #3
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Re: Painting carbon fiber

Robi that looks amazing.nice idea with the stockings.
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Re: Painting carbon fiber

is pantyhose the same thing? i wanna try this trick
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Old 10-22-2006, 05:26 PM   #5
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Re: Painting carbon fiber

on a related note, does anyone have the actual tamiya mask for carbon paint effect?
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Old 10-22-2006, 06:32 PM   #6
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Re: Painting carbon fiber

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is pantyhose the same thing? i wanna try this trick
I'm not sure, but I think so. The important point is the fabric weight, the ones I used were 20den, light enough to let the paint goes through.

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Re: Painting carbon fiber

Rob ... u just gave me the answer on a easier way to do a CF enzo lol...
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Re: Painting carbon fiber

This is going to be interesting...

"Hi, I'll have a pack of gum, and uh... this pair of stockings..."
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This is going to be interesting...

"Hi, I'll have a pack of gum, and uh... this pair of stockings..."
"And some purple nail polish too. It's for my car models..........yes really."

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Re: Painting carbon fiber

What is "20 den"? My wife didn't know either. Would I find this information on the package somewhere?
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What is "20 den"?
I think it relates to the thickness or density of the fabric. Higher "dens" mean more dense material.
*You shoulda seen my wife's face with this question *
**Just wait till someone finds a good modeling use for fishnets or something. I ain't gonna ask then; no siree!... **


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Re: Painting carbon fiber

Robi,
try a cheesecloth based tack-rag as a mask for compound curves. The adhesive used in the tack-rag (found at auto painting stores)is wax based and allows you to get a uniform pattern over the compoud curves without the stretching and distortion the nylons/hose give.

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Rob ... u just gave me the answer on a easier way to do a CF enzo lol...
Much, MUCH easier to use SMS decals and make your own templates than to try and paint the surface. That's what I did on my bare CF enzo and what I'll be doing on my Bare CF FXX.

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kitman > As Lusitano said, 20den is the density of the fabric. At least in Italy this is measurement system and it's clearly shown on the box. Just to give you an idea, available there are stocking from 10den to 60-80den, so I choosed one of the lightest

bvia > thanks for the tip !

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Thanks, I'm going to go pickup some "pantyhose" tomorrow.
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