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Old 04-06-2006, 04:07 PM   #1
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when you get a new carbon fiber chassis what exactly do you have to do to finish it or whatever it is?
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sand edges and battery slots.... then add 3 coats of thin ca glue. very fine sand paper between coats. Then i like to finish with thick ca. Thick ca gives it a nice look
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sand edges and battery slots.... then add 3 coats of thin ca glue. very fine sand paper between coats. Then i like to finish with thick ca. Thick ca gives it a nice look
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Check this article out it's a good guide.

http://www.teamcrc.com/crc/modules.p...rder=0&thold=0
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sand edges and battery slots.... then add 3 coats of thin ca glue. very fine sand paper between coats. Then i like to finish with thick ca. Thick ca gives it a nice look
Exact procedure.

The CA glue also adds protection to the CF sides from stripping off.

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Another trick you can try is after sanding the chassis, run a black sharpie around the edges. When the CA is applied, it give the sides a nice black shine finish.
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I use nail varnish, it can be colour co-ordinated to match the anodising.
Unlike CA it is also designed to be slightly flexible instead of cracking.

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can't u just clear-coat it? (I'm asking, don't deal with high-end stuff, lol)
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A better approach to applying the thin CA is to place some glue on a small clear plastic bag (like ones most parts come in) and use a Q-Tip to spread the glue around the edges. The Q-Tip absorbs the glue and spreads it evenly. You may need several to finish the job because the glue hardens quickly on the Q-Tip, and they work better when they are soft.

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thanks for everybodies help but still keep em coming
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A better approach to applying the thin CA is to place some glue on a small clear plastic bag (like ones most parts come in) and use a Q-Tip to spread the glue around the edges. The Q-Tip absorbs the glue and spreads it evenly. You may need several to finish the job because the glue hardens quickly on the Q-Tip, and they work better when they are soft.

When you do this, try to use Q-tips with wooden or cardboard sticks. The plastic sticks react with the CA and release a toxic fume .... almost looks like the Q-tip is smoking - and it will hurt your eyes.
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Another trick you can try is after sanding the chassis, run a black sharpie around the edges. When the CA is applied, it give the sides a nice black shine finish.
Make sure you give the marker some time to dry on the chassis... if you don't, when you apply the CA (with the Q-tip method), you will wipe-off the color.
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sand edges and battery slots.... then add 3 coats of thin ca glue. very fine sand paper between coats. Then i like to finish with thick ca. Thick ca gives it a nice look
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can't u just clear-coat it? (I'm asking, don't deal with high-end stuff, lol)
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To get a uniform contour lay your sandpaper of a flat surface and hold it with one hand. With the other hold your chassis and drag it while rotating it (see diagram below). This only works on the straight sections of the chassis (front back and sides, not curves or transitions) but will give you the ability to create a perfect radius to your edge and allow you to precisely dictate how the radius looks. As far as the smoking q-tip problem I have found the type of CA to be the cause of the smoking. I have both paper and plastic q-tips and they both smoked when I used the CA i bought at my hobby shop (Insta-cure super thin 1-3 sec glue). I tried it again with both types of q-tips using some super glue (The original super glue. Super glue cyanoacrylate) I bought at wal-mart and had zero smoking. That has been my experience. On a side note I have to recommend the glue I bought at wal-mart for a few reasons.
1. It was 2.99 for two .10 oz bottles
2. I can put it in my pit box in any orientation and it has yet to dry out or spill or leak after 3 months of baging around in my box on its side
3. The lid has never permanently attached itself to the bottle. It screws right off every time with no mess at all.
4.The tip of the bottle is small so to allow precise application one drop at a time.
5. The bottle is rather small so it fits in the little compartments in my tackle box organizers.

This is all in contrast to other CA bottles that are 2.59 for .5 oz but glue their lids on and leak after only getting to use half the bottle.

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