Carbon Fiber Resoration
So I've been trying all kinds of things to get my carbon fiber hood and trunk, maybe 3 to 4 years old, back into shape. It basically looks very hazed, milky white instead of having a transparency to the clearcoat. This takes away the glimmer of the fiber. I buffed with my drill and a medium-low cut rubbing compound. This made it look slightly better for a few hours, and then it looked like crap again. So I wet sanded with 600 and shot it with a few coats of clear, and it looked great for a few weeks. It was a laquer clear, so it dried rough without a smooth finish.
I shot it with my father in law, and he thought after a rubbing it down with some polish and wax, it might help the surface. I haven't done this yet. But I'm starting to see the old spots returning in the trunk, a bit of hazing, and what looks like water marks reappearing. They aren't water marks... they are rings of some kind, like if you let something clear and sticky dry on a countertop, but they are under the clear, and they are the SAME exact spots as before reappearing, I definately recognize them from before.
So now when you look at it in the right angle in the sun, it shimmers like carbon fiber should. Any other angle yields a dull black look. I've been fighting this and trying different things for over a year now, and of course there is lots of info online, but I don't know what REALLY works.
SO, has anyone else successfully resored their carbon fiber? I don't mind if it's a compound I have to re-apply every 6 months, or a clear I have to shoot every year or 2. These gel coats they use are terrible! These hoods and trunks cost $500 to $900, they should last longer than a few years.
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