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Silver carbon fiber trim for the oCarbon GLI

We just got done with the silver “carbon fiber” trim on the oCarbon GLI and it turned out fantastic.  I’ll get some better pictures added to gallery shortly.  In the mean time, I’ll give a full run down on how we made these pieces for those that are interested.

First we started with the GLI’s original trim pieces and made some molds to help us conform the fabric.

Once the molds were done, the original pieces are ground down to make room for the added material of the fabric and epoxy.

Few quick coats of white paint so that the black pieces aren’t so different from the silver fabric.

Getting a fresh vacuum bag rigged up.

The pieces are laid on the raw fabric and tape is applied so that pieces can be cut out in the correct size.

Mixing up some bonding epoxy and applying it to the pieces.

The fabric is then placed on the pieces.  No attempt is made to wrap them around the edges at this stage, as the fabric is way too rigid and will just curl back up.

The pieces are then put into the mold, placed into the vacuum bag, and the bag is sealed up.

The vacuum pump gets turned on, which sucks all of the air from the bag.  Within a few minutes, the bag has pulled the fabric tight up against the mold.

The pieces are left to cure under a heat lamp for a few hours.

After a while, the pieces are carefully pulled from the bag.

The parts are starting to take shape.

After the parts have been removed from the mold, the excess fabric is trimmed off.

Epoxy gets brushed on, layer by layer.

After several coats, the epoxy is finally thick enough to allow the pieces to be sanded down without risking cutting into the fabric.  The parts are placed into an oven for a post cure for 24 hours.

After allowing ample time to cool off from the heat of the oven, the parts are ready to be trimmed and sanded.  All of the extra epoxy is ground off from the edges and the faces are block sanded smooth.  This process leaves the parts a litte bit hazy.

Next comes several coats of high solids automotive clearcoat, to give the pieces a traditional carbon fiber gloss.

After clearcoat, a few imperfections are always present, so the parts are wetsanded with a very high grit sandpaper.

After a few passes on the buffer, they are all done and ready to be installed.

Silver “carbon fiber” B6/B7 trim set for sale…

I’ve got this silver texalium all finished up and ready to go.  It is available for immediate purchase and can be shipped out the day after payment is made.

This texalium is actually an aluminum coated fiberglass (real carbon fiber can’t be colored or dyed) and is commonly called silver carbon fiber.  I don’t make many of these sets: this is only the second silver B6/B7 set I’ve ever made and I don’t anticipate making that many more of them, so this is a pretty rare/custom set.

Email me at matt@ocarbon.com if you’re interested in picking this up or if you have any questions.

Price: $600

Shipping: Free

Core deposit:  $250 – this is refundable.  Once you install the silver carbon fiber trim you can return your original trim back to us and the $250 will be refunded in full.

Pieces included:  Full 9 piece set with a manual shifter.

Pictures:

Some more in a different light:

Spent some time polishing

We got some new buffing pads and I’m very impressed with how the pieces are buffing out.

Silver carbon fiber set for a C5 RS6

I’m just about to start polishing these silver pieces for an RS6 and figured I’d snap some pictures since they look so good.

This set is going into a white C5 RS6 with a black interior, so I think the silver carbon is really going to set it off.  Hopefully we get some nice pictures of everything installed.

We’ve also got a set of black 20oz 2×2 twill c-pillars going on this car:

First silver set installed in a B6/B7…

Not the best pictures in the world, but I appreciate the efforts of the owner. I’m really happy with how these silver sets are turning out. I’ve got one B6/B7 silver set for a manual that is ready to go right now, so if you’re interested in it, shoot me an email.

Full gallery here

 

 

 

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