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Hey all. I have a 04 CS that I am thinking about doing carbon fiber in. I don't like the stickers that are available, and the actual pieces I have found online are insanely expensive, so I was thinking of getting the carbon fiber and just wrapping the pieces myself. I have a friend who has experience doing it and will help me out. He also stated that he has access to the equipment so that he can actually mold the actual pieces in carbon fiber and that if enough people were interested maybe make a run of them that would actually be affordable. If you are interested let me know and I will pass on the info. If not, no problem, I told him I would ask. If this is the wrong part of the forum to post this I apologize.

Thanks, Jeff

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i've been doing CF pieces for the vw crowd for a while now and here is my $0.02.

"group buys" never work out, people are just too flakey.

Try doing it yourself, vacuum presses and tables are awesome for high strength/critical parts, but for interior items, strength is not a concern. I start by making a negative mold of the part in tooling gelcoat, followed by many layers of chopped fiberglass and then with a 2oz glass mat. Once that hardens up you can pop the mold off, make sure it popped clean, then start making your own parts. Because this isn't structural, the resin/fiber ratio isn't super critical, you're really just looking for a clean smooth surface with a good weave quality.

just like with anything, prep work 99% of the end result....if the piece isn't clean, or if the gelcoat bubbles up during drying, it will just translate into your CF part. All and all, it takes time, but the results are better and better the more you do it (you'll probably have to wet sad a bunch of early parts because they won't be the best).

I enjoy doing everything myself, it's more rewarding.

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