Carbon fibre is a polymer that, when woven, becomes an incredibly lightweight and strong material. Carbon fibre is twice as stiff and five times as strong as steel. Since carbon fibre is lighter than steel yet just as durable, it is an excellent choice for many manufacturing applications and is also really attractive aesthetically.
Imagine you’ve waited four weeks and saved loads of cash to get a new carbon fibre bonnet. You probably spent a whole day adjusting the fit, taking tiny bits away here and there until it was the ideal fit for your car. Then, after a relaxing ride, you see that the leading edge is covered with scratches and stone chips. If the damage is severe enough, it must be sanded down, and re-clear coated. You can avoid much of that hassle by looking at these great tips from our team at Blits Bonnets to help you protect your cars fibre bonnet.
Washing and Waxing Regularly
Ensure to wash carbon fibre hoods and other auto parts with a detergent designed on vehicles’ clear coats, then use a spray wax after wash. The clear coating over the bonnet can be protected against the damaging effects of moisture and ultraviolet light (which can cause fading, cloudiness, and yellowing) by applying this preventative maintenance. The clear coat will be revitalised as well to preserve its showroom lustre. You should spend more time caring for your carbon fibre gear if you reside in a region with intense weather conditions such as the Gold Coast. Using a spray wax once a week and hand waxing every two to three weeks is a good routine for starters.
You should also polish and wax your carbon fibre bonnet and parts by hand with a microfiber cloth for the best maintenance. If not used properly, an orbital machine might leave swirl marks or remove too much of the clear coat. Once the wax has been applied, it has to cure in a cool, shaded area for approximately ten to fifteen minutes.
What to do if your carbon fibre bonnet is damaged?
Once the damage is evident in your carbon fibre bonnet restoring it to its original condition is possible. If you see any fine scratches, fading, cloudiness, or yellowing, it’s time to get your sleeves dirty. To remove the surface filth and grime, you should apply a polishing compound, which can be bought from most vehicle supply stores. To get the best results, it’s best to apply these fixes by hand, even if it takes longer. Because of its bulk and inability to reach into narrow spaces, an orbital sander poses a risk of removing too much clear coat. The clear coat may require many polishing sessions until all imperfections are gone. Apply in the shade, wait 5-10 minutes, and then wipe off with a microfiber cloth.