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Couple quick CTS-V install teaser photos…

You may remember the custom red and black CTS-V interior we did a few months ago and we’ve finally got a few installed photos.

Now I know these aren’t the best photos in the world (they were taken with a cell phone) but they’re better than nothing.  The owner has promised us legit photos with a real camera once the weather clears up.  The red looks a little bright in these, its a bit more dark  and subdued in person.

I’m really happy with how it turned out, particularly the center console piece.

 

Red CTS-V set is done…

and it turned out great.  I’ll be wrapping these pieces up next week and shipping them off to their owner, so hopefully we see some installed pictures of this set real soon.

It is really hard to capture the color with a camera, but I did my best:

In certain lights, the red looks dark and almost black.

But if you catch it at the right angle, the red starts to peek through.

The center console was done in black, to compliment the rest of the red trim.

The small cover under the radio.  We’ll add the chrome tab right before we put it back together.

The radio piece.  I’m really happy with how this turned out.

CTS-V center console clearcoated…

This one is for my friends over at CTSVowners.com who have been eagerly awaiting an update on these pieces.

The main radio console piece took a lot longer than anticipated to get all trimmed and sanded out, but we were able to get it.  Really looking forward to seeing how these pieces look installed.

 

Few detail shots:

The piece under the armrest was much, much easier:

Stay tuned for more updates on these pieces.

Another custom CTS-V trim set underway…

Now that I’m an official vendor over at CadillacForums.com it’s the perfect time to do a full write up on the production of a CTS-V carbon fiber set of trim from start to finish.

This particular set is going to be pretty custom, with red carbon/kevlar hybrid fabric being used on the main trim along the doors and dash and a 5HS black fabric being used on the center console.  It is a pretty daring combination, but it should look amazing once installed in the car.

This is the OEM trim in its original form.  The doors and dash are a fake printed “carbon” and the center console is a gloss plastic.  No idea why GM choose to cheap out on materials for such a cool car like the CTS-V, but this trim is perfect for getting wrapped.

First, the center console pieces are scuffed up so the fabric has something to grip to.

The fabric being used on these pieces is a traditional black carbon fiber that has been woven in a 5HS pattern.  This fabric runs vertical in appearance.

Getting the pieces laid out on the fabric so the correct sizes can be cut.

Same treatment for the door pieces on the red carbon/kevlar.

Once the fabric has been cut, a thin coat of bonding epoxy is applied to the pieces.

Getting the center console taped up and the same bonding epoxy is applied.

Now the fun part starts.

After an hour or so of trimming a lot of excess fabric, the pieces are finally starting to come together.

These pieces look bright red now, but once they are wetted out with epoxy, they’ll turn a much darker red that shifts in color depending on how the light hits it.

Same process on the center console pieces.

That is it for now.  The bonding epoxy needs a day or two to cure, but once the fabric is secure to the pieces I can start adding epoxy to them and they’ll really start to take shape.

I’ll post more updates in the blog later this week.

Few more 5HS carbon fiber teaser shots…

Few more pictures of a finished 5HS carbon fiber.  It will be getting installed this weekend so I should have tons of good pictures of it in the car very soon.

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