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    Red face Carbon Fiber issues

    This is a 2 part question. I currently have a number of real Aprilia carbon pieces on my bike. All of the pieces are completely stained with what look like hard water spots and are incredibly dull. I admit that I ride it in the rain but that doesn't seem like it should be cause this to this degree. When I wipe it down with Armor All, they look great again but it only lasts for a few days. So part one of my question is if anyone has any idea on how to reclear them to revive the gloss and depth of color. The second part is that I have replaced the ears with brand new ones and am trying to figure out the appropriate way to clear/seal these before they get installed. The clear on these parts seems weak, especially around the edges. Any suggestions on either of these problems?

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    mike1971
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    If its any help I flatted mine down with 1400 grade wet and dry then gave them a couple of coats of 2K clear coat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02Aprilia View Post
    This is a 2 part question. I currently have a number of real Aprilia carbon pieces on my bike. All of the pieces are completely stained with what look like hard water spots and are incredibly dull. I admit that I ride it in the rain but that doesn't seem like it should be cause this to this degree. When I wipe it down with Armor All, they look great again but it only lasts for a few days. So part one of my question is if anyone has any idea on how to reclear them to revive the gloss and depth of color. The second part is that I have replaced the ears with brand new ones and am trying to figure out the appropriate way to clear/seal these before they get installed. The clear on these parts seems weak, especially around the edges. Any suggestions on either of these problems?

    Boyler can sort this out mate, give him a pm.

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    redratbike
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    i'd use the 1400 grade then go even finer to get the best finish...then clear lacquer them...make sure its in a warm environment when sprayed...but if it comes up dull you can always wet sand with 2000 grade to bring it back up...wet sanding stops the paper from clogging

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    guys I have a similar problem, and when I get a bit of time I'm gonna sand down and clear coat all the carbon fibre on mine.

    What do you more learned guys recon to using a 1K aerosol clear coat?

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    carbon kid
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    test a small piece first, it may well not 'sit' on it right
    cheers
    Ck

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    You can swap for my nice shiny plastic bits if you like...

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    Jussi
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    What would be best finish - glossy or mat clear coat?

    High gloss does not look good on carbon (at least to me)

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    fusebox
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    im running with the majority on this a couple of cloats of clear should bring the CF back to life!!

    any doubt PM boyler ...he's the CF guy!! legendary!!

    best of luck mate!!

    griff

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    Quote Originally Posted by fusebox View Post
    im running with the majority on this a couple of cloats of clear should bring the CF back to life!!

    any doubt PM boyler ...he's the CF guy!! legendary!!

    best of luck mate!!

    griff
    On the subject of Boyler's CF, I'm gonna give you a call tomorrow and pay for that bling tail pod I put the deposit on.

    Been trying to get some time off work to come up, but no luck, would you be able to post it down to me.

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    fusebox
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    yeah man no worries!!!

    good to hear from ya buddy!! lovely blingly bits hmmmm!

    speak to ya soon geez!!

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    camngetit
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    if you look in my garage there is a pic of a carbon bit i had 2 pack laquered at work had the rest done now it does tend to fish eye in the corners of the weave but flat and redo and they fill up

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    camngetit
    High gloss clear coat - looks sweet I will probably spray mine this winter to restore the carbon parts...

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    camngetit
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    it was shit before all faded and flaking off makes it look tidy again plus i have just had the seat unit and both mid panel repainted in black waiting for a price of oli to put original decals on it make it look like new

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