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I took the plunge, forked over the cash, and bought the supplies and equipment needed to make my own CF.

Here's how the first project turned out.

<img src="http://www.e46fanatics.com/members/vinnymac/CFfinished02.jpg">
<img src="http://www.e46fanatics.com/members/vinnymac/CFfinished01.jpg">


I spent countless hours experimenting and screwing up and experimenting some more. Honestly, I must have messed up half a dozen times before I had something respectable enough to post a picture of. I'm planning to install these parts on my E36 M3 tomorrow and then move on to a few larger items. I owe a few people various items and now I'm confident enough in my ability to make CF stuff myself.

Email me if you have any questions... [email protected] .
 

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I can only imagine what you went thru perfecting the art . I got impatient and gave it up after a few days of working w/ CF ...good to see you pull it thru and come out succesful!:thumbup:

*starts thinking if there is anything else he may need Cf'ed*

:lmao:
 

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woa thats amazing! looks great! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

cant wait to see pics of it installed on the car.
 

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BMWERKEN said:
Damn that's tight...how hard is CF to work with...like any special tools or materials besides raw CF needed to work with?
Honestly...REALLY REALLY damn difficult since I did everything in my basement without professional tools or a paint booth. I think my next projects will take less them. I spent nearly a month working on the stuff in the picture.


Alan L. said:
Very nice Vinny :thumbup:

Thanks Alan! :D
 

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John from jersey said:
I can only imagine what you went thru perfecting the art . I got impatient and gave it up after a few days of working w/ CF ...good to see you pull it thru and come out succesful!:thumbup:

*starts thinking if there is anything else he may need Cf'ed*

:lmao:
John: Believe when I say there were many times when I wanted to scrap the whole thing and write it off as a pipe-dream. I had to redo a lot of parts but I think my craftsmanship is pretty good now. I've literally worked on all this stuff ever night for a couple of hours for the past 4 weeks. :D

* let me know if you want to talk about something you need made. :D


Nico3k said:
woa thats amazing! looks great! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

cant wait to see pics of it installed on the car.
Thanks! I'll post pics of the stuff on my car tomorrow if weather is nice.
 

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WOW! Looks :pimpin: can you post a DIY or more detailed instructions of what you did/ used? Im interesting with experimenting and im willing to spend a lot of time on it.
 

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after seeing this post, I have convinced my father he needs to start learning how to do this, so he can make things for my M3 :)

Vinny - what are some good places for him to start learning how to do this (ie. online forums, and best place to buy materials). My father restores cars for a hobby, latest one was an 89 Lotus tubro Espirit that was fully modded to look like a 98. Looks sick!
 

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WOW! Looks :pimpin: can you post a DIY or more detailed instructions of what you did/ used? Im interesting with experimenting and im willing to spend a lot of time on it.
Oh my...a DIY would take a really long time to write if it were to be comprehensive enough to cover all the steps and details to do what I did. You should try searching Google for "carbon fiber fabrication".

jlevi said:
:werd:

Even if I don't have the time/money involved I'm really curious as to what's involved. Plz give us a little info?

Nice Job Vinny.
Hrrmmm...Time...well...it tooks me much longer than necessary to make this first round of parts b/c I'm still learning and my technique and methods were not very good at first and I ended up have to redo a bunch of stuff.

Money...it definitely ins't cheap if you want to do it right and get consistent results. I spent a couple grand just getting all the supplies, equipment and parts.

I think probably spend 12-15 solid hours on each part. This time includes preparing the part, laying the CF fabric, applying epoxy, vacuum bagging, sanding, polishing, shooting clear coat, and waxing.


Malladawg said:
That looks hot! :thumbup:

I wish I was as patient as you.
Thanks! :D

timexp99 said:
thats is awesome! Wow, I wish i could learn how to do that!
I'm thinking of putting together a DIY CF kit that includes enough materials and supplies to make a few small to mediumm sized parts. The kit would include CF fabric, epoxy, brushes, etc. Do you think people would be interested?


Chailo27 said:
:thumbup: Damn good Job!!
Thanks! :D

He and his said:
dannnnnnnnnnnnnnm.........u pulled that shiet off perfecto:thumbup:
Thanks! :D


timexp99 said:
after seeing this post, I have convinced my father he needs to start learning how to do this, so he can make things for my M3 :)

Vinny - what are some good places for him to start learning how to do this (ie. online forums, and best place to buy materials). My father restores cars for a hobby, latest one was an 89 Lotus tubro Espirit that was fully modded to look like a 98. Looks sick!
You can find just about everything you need by searching Google.com.

http://www.shopmaninc.com/ is a good vendor and they carry just about everything you need to get started...just be ready to drop some $$$.
 

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congtr. on a fine job vin

way to go. thats why you are one of the main men in the forum.
and now really one for the carbon fibre look. now you will really give john a run for his money in the carbon fibre field lolllllll
but i am happy for you for completing what you started vin in
that very hard field of c/f.
bobm3 :thumbup: :thumbup:
 

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congrats on the successful project vinny!

lookin good...good luck on any other stuff you are going to be doing!
 
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