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TRD has released a carbon fiber trunk for our IS's! Can you paint carbon fiber? I think if I have the carbon fiber hood and trunk it would look ugly on a Yellow car.

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What's the use of it? Reduce weight?

Since our car is front heavy, a carbon fiber hood would make more sense.

just my 2 cent.
 

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One thing everyone need to be careful of about carbon fiber is that itself is consider a resistor. Under certain circumstances, it will interfere with radio reception, so you may want to take that into consideration.
BTW, all modern F1 cars are made of carbon fiber/aluminum honeycomb monocoque chassis. Some of the better teams actually made their gearbox housing out of carbon fiber as well, which is not an easy process at all.
 

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you can paint carbon fiber parts...as long as it has the clear gel coating on it...which it usually does. the only bad thing is...they usually come out slightly wavy. if you've seen some carbon fiber hoods and other parts...they usually aren't very smooth looking...ESPECIALLY on a black car...

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Pictures? Where and how much?
I kinda listen to the radio a bit though... it would suck if it really did interfere with every station.

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I've never seen a caron trunk before... I wonder if it would look good or not... Hrmmmm.....
 

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I don't think it would stand out like a sore thumb on the Graphite Gray's would it? And what about the other two reflector light-thingys... they aren't "cut out" on that particular carbon fiber trunk? Ya know what I'm talking about?

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yeah...not holes for the "rear fog lights" heh...that's what they call them on the is200...

but still, you would have to paint it before you put it on. unless you really want that carbon fiber look...i think it's pretty cool...if you're going to rave your car...definately not for street use tho...

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how much is it and who makes it?
 

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Evidently, from the initial post, TRD makes it. You'll need to take out a second mortgage since everything they make (according to other members) is fairly expensive, although I don't know first hand...

IMO, I kinda dig the "rear fog lights". heh heh... dude, are you serious that's what they call them on the IS200??
heh heh... that's hilarious.

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you can paint carbon fiber parts...as long as it has the clear gel coating on it...
You mean if it is laminated right? All the finish products are laminated carbon fiber. There are times that you don't notice the "clear coat" or resin because it is cured too dry. A correctly made composite parts (not just carbon fiber, but fiberglass and kevlar, and etc) will need to have a certain ratio of clothe vs resin, and if that is done correctly, you usually will have a smooth surface with a very thin layer of resin ontop of the clothe. Also, most carbon fiber parts for sale are either vacuum bagged or autoclaved, so the carbon fiber are pressed together and you should not feel the weave at all.
BTW, you can paint either laminated carbon fiber or the clothe, but I don't see why anyone will do it to the latter? If you don't believe me, go buy a piece of carbon fiber cloth (for $30) and take a spray paint and paint it.

[This message has been edited by Daniel (edited January 21, 2001).]
 
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