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I have a VIS carbon fiber hood and it has some sun damage and is beginning to crack. I know that local shops can fix this, but I have a background with fiberglass and bodywork and I could repair it. I just don't know the procedures for wetsanding the hood and then clear coating it again. Anyone have any expirence with this sort of problem.
 

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Prey_Lude99 said:
I have a VIS carbon fiber hood and it has some sun damage and is beginning to crack. I know that local shops can fix this, but I have a background with fiberglass and bodywork and I could repair it. I just don't know the procedures for wetsanding the hood and then clear coating it again. Anyone have any expirence with this sort of problem.
i believe they use a gel coat to cover the cf. wish i could help you more...
 

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This is just to answer my own question or to help anyone else that has had this problem. You can wetsand the top layer of the gel coat off if you are very careful. I started with 1500 grit and dry sanded it. Then I went back and wetsanded the hood using 2000 grit. I had access to bodyworking tools so this took no time at all. After I sanded the finish I went through with some 3m rubbing compound and buffed the whole hood. The hood is crystal clear now and looks brand knew. If you have a VIS hood that is a couple of years old like mine is you cannot use wax or finishing compund or Scratch X because since it is a gel coat it will absorb the wax materials and just cause it to haze over worse. I did not put a clearcoat on the hood because it looked so good after I was done that I was afraid to apply it to the gelcoat. If anyone is interested in knowing the exact process then PM me and I will list the materials I used and a step by step process.
 

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^ not neccessarily true, my vis hood takes buffing compound just fine same with wax. It never hazes over. I use meguiars buffing/polishing compound to take out the swirls then their high tech wax or yellow wax.
 

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Interesting :jehon: I wonder why my mine hates wax.
 

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Update: Hood started to haze over again so I wetsanded it back down and clearcoated it this time.:wzbigcry: I will keep you posted on if this works.
 
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