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Some red and blue pieces clearcoated

We were able to get the two custom carbon kevlar sets we’ve been working on clearcoated today.  Very happy with the results.

Before we start, the pieces look almost matte as they have been sanded down to 800 grit to make a nice, smooth surface for the clear to adhere to.

Only going to need a little bit of clearcoat for these sets.

First up in the booth are some ashtrays.

Look at that shine.

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.

About halfway done with this B6/B7 blue set…

Really hard to get good pictures of this fabric to show the true colors.

At certain angles and in certain lights, the blue fabric almost looks black.  If you look close you can catch a hint of dark blue:

But then at other angles you can really see the blue:

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.

quick teasers of Rodolfo’s imola B5S4…

A few months ago I got in contact with a member on Audizine to see if he was interested in having my first custom yellow carbon/kevlar trim set in his car.  He happily obliged.

I worked on his set and watched the progress he made on his car.  So while it has taken a while to get to this point, I couldn’t be happier with having Rodolfo as the first official oCarbon sponsored vehicle.  You can check out some more images of his new website emortal.co (it will be re-launching very soon).

Stay tuned for a proper photoshoot and a full rundown of mods.

All photos courtesy of Rodolfo Lamaestra

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