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Re: Fibreglass and things
« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2018, 02:49:03 PM »


I’ve finished the fuse box cover ( apart from the sides, which I can’t be bothered with).  It’s not too bad with only a few, very slight, fish eye marks in the surface.  The tow in the middle sometimes looks very good, flashing black and gold and sometimes a naff Gray.  Just depends on how the light catches it and reflects it off to you.  The twill CF looks very good in the herring bone style, again flashing black and gold as the light catches it.  The next job will probably use a 2” CF tape instead of the tow.

The badge/sticker seems to float in the resin rather than just be stuck on, with the patten of the tow visible behind it. which was the object of the exercise.

Was it worth the time, effort and cost?  No.  It never was going to be, it was just a job to gain the experience of working with vacuum bagging CF and finding what to do or not do ready for the next job.

Pic 1).  Just a general view of the cover.  The line across it is just a reflection of something or other.
Pic 2).  Another general view.  The sticker is almost in the middle.
Pic 3).  A close up of the sticker.  The picture does not do it justice.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2018, 03:46:42 PM by Furrari »
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Re: Fibreglass and things
« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2018, 10:07:43 AM »
So on to the first of the main jobs this CF thing is all about.

Going back four years to when the Furrari was being built, the boot carpets and load area cover were redyed black.  The carpets are still OK but the slider now looks grey and tired so it’s time for a refurbish.

While waiting for all the resin on the fuse box lid to cure I’ve striped down the cover.  Off come the handle and the front corner brackets that locate at the open end of the boot and tell the electronics that the cover is in place.  Off come the mechanism that ties in with keeping the back of the slider located level.  Finally the fabric cover at the back of the cover.  This was the hardest bit.  While the other bits were screwed on this part is held by some plastic strips that are ultrasonic welded to the cover.  These had to be drilled out.  How will it go back on, no idea, I’ll worry about this bit later.  Also the badges I had fitted were removed, they won’t be going back on.  The stickers I will need were ordered.

That’s it until after Castle thingy is over this weekend.

No pics 'cos there’s not a lot to see.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2018, 10:24:21 AM by Furrari »
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Re: Fibreglass and things
« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2018, 04:37:19 PM »
I’ve removed ( rubbed down is the wrong description) the flock from the load cover slider (lcs) thing.  Well I thought it was just flock.  Seems it’s a flock covered fabric which is then (very) stuck the the lcs.  Its very reluctant to come off.  What a mess it’s made in the Furrari R&D department, the stuff is everywhere.  I’m not even going to try to get it off my overalls ( the paper ones), I’ll just throw them out to get rid of the stuff.  I’ll vacuum tomorrow.

To change the subject slightly, I’m not 100% happy with the effect of the tow on the fuse box lid, so I’ve ordered a small amount of finer plain weave cloth and I’ll do back to back tests against the tow to see which I like best.  It’s a lot of extra work but I don’t want to have to do this job again so it’s worth the effort to get the effect that I want.
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Re: Fibreglass and things
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2018, 09:22:09 AM »
In the R&D department I’ve had another go with the CF tow and had a much better result than previously, so the material that I’m using for my “ racing strip” is sorted.  No picture, 'cos it doesn’t photograph well.

In the Composits Department I’ve changed my mind ( well what a surprise).  Rather than the load floor cover I’m doing the lock cover panel first.   Mainly 'cos it’s smaller, so should be easier and if it all goes wrong it’s much easier to revert to a black finish.

I’ve rubbed it down, it does seem strange taking a purrfectly well finished panel (Wayne originally sprayed it) and attacking it with 80 grit W&D, but that’s what it needs.

This is the panel I’m working on.
« Last Edit: July 15, 2018, 07:21:43 PM by Furrari »
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Re: Fibreglass and things
« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2018, 07:29:29 PM »
Prep of the panel.

I’ve taped behind all the holes with used mixing sticks behind the larger ones, then filled them with moulding wax.  This has a dual purrpose.   Firstly it stops the resin from going through the holes and making a mess and secondly it makes opening up the holes after it’s all set.

The first pic is of the lock hole and the second is the area where the useless Merc boot light and the 12v socket fitted.  Neither of these are needed as I will be refitting the lights on the underside of the boot lid and the load floor slider.  The CF will bridge these areas as though they were never there.
« Last Edit: July 15, 2018, 07:38:39 PM by Furrari »
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Re: Fibreglass and things
« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2018, 12:15:34 PM »
The skinning of this panel did not go well so it’s over to plan B.  Sand off the bits where it’s not given me the finish I wanted and start again.
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Re: Fibreglass and things
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2018, 05:11:49 PM »
Not doing very well with this carbon fibre stuff.  I’ve used carbon twill to cover the load floor slider.  It’s gone on well, but I don’t like it.  It doesn’t show the chevron paten as well as other jobs I’ve done, so I think I’ll just rub it down and give it a layer of the pro-finish.  It’s not unusual to put 2 layers on but it’s usually done for strength rather than appearance.
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Not even gaffer tape can fix stupid, but it can mask the sound.

 

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