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Here are answers to some of the questions we're asked most:
Our gloss finish is beautiful but scratches easily. It's best for an application that will have limited handling. Or you can protect the finish by applying a clearcoat. (See below.) The satin finish will stand up to significant usage without showing scratches.
The semi-gloss finish is our standard finish for thick pieces that require a durable, smooth finish. The matte finish is reserved for industrial applications that require a textured finish. It is not recommended for cosmetic applications.
We recommend applying several coats of automotive clear coat to protect your gloss finish from scratching. It's available at any auto parts store.
If your project requires a very bendable piece, you'll need our thinnest veneer (.25mm). If your surface is flat, either .25mm or .5mm will do the job. It's just a matter of budget and personal taste.
Our thin veneers (.25mm and .5mm) can be cut with sharp scissors. All other thicknesses can be cut with a dremel tool.
No. The resin in the carbon fiber has already been hardened and cured. Heating will only destabilize the resin, damaging the surface and making it gummy. With that, it can't be restored and you'll have an unusable sheet.
Purchasing fabric only makes sense if you intend to wrap a shaped piece in carbon fiber and infuse it with resin yourself. It's a significant project that takes some time and know-how. The vast majority of customers purchase laminated sheets because all the work is done.
In general, no. A few companies are developing ways to dye carbon fiber in muted colors, but it's uncommon. Industry-wide, most colored material is made from fiberglass or kevlar.
Carbon fiber comes in different fabric weights -- 3k and 6k are most common and look very similar. Sometimes companies make carbon fiber panels in a 12k weight for cost savings. It has a larger, thicker weave than 3k or 6k.
It depends entirely on the temperature ratings of the resin used. Our standard resin will withstand temperatures of 180 degrees+. Our high temp resin reaches 400 degrees. Even higher temp resins are available through specialty sources.