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Old 07-06-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
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how do you CA a carbon chassis, i see it done on the pics of all yalls cars and it looks nice and was wondering how yall go about doing this without getting brush strokes from brshing it on, thanks ahead of time for helping a newb to the road side of things
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I simply sand the edges so they are slightly rounded... then take my CA and place a few drops on the end of a Q-tip, and then carefully run the Qtip along the edge of the chassis. One end of the Q-tip can normally get 6 or 7 inches of chassis before it starts to dry. Move relativly quickly to keep the Q-tip from gluing to the chassis. You might end up using 5 or 6 Q-tips.
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thanks for the info, how do you make the top and bottom shinny as yall get em?
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thanks for the info, how do you make the top and bottom shinny as yall get em?
Example Picture? I don't know anybody that does anything to the tops/bottoms other than normal cleaning.
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some polish there chasis before they assemble everything. I think they do it with car polish. 3M or something
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Chassis preparation is well described here:

http://www.teamcrc.com/crc/modules.p...rder=0&thold=0
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CAing a chassis is not just for looks. The biggest reason to CA the edges of your chassis is to help prevent delamination of the carbon fibers. When done properly it does look really nice. I use the CRC link above.
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how many people actually still ca the chassis? i used to do this on all my c/f stuff but have recently just started running parts as is and haven't had a problem.
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thanx for the info and link
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how many people actually still ca the chassis? i used to do this on all my c/f stuff but have recently just started running parts as is and haven't had a problem.
I never have. I personally think its only advantage is looks. As brittle as CA is, and as hard as the epoxy that holds CF together is, I think its kinda like tying up a yacht with an extra length of yarn, "just in case". I also like to have a sharp edge to measure RH against.
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Color the edge of the chassis with a sharpie after sanding, then apply the thin CA with a qtip...the sharpie will turn piano black and shiny. Hotness.

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great tip, anyone ever tried to do it with a color sharpie? Mabey ad a lil style to it
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Here's what I do...although it's time consuming, the results are precision

Wet sand with 200 grit to knock the edge off the carbon fiber parts.
Liberal amount thin/medium glue applied with qtip/toothpick/whatever.
Wet sand with 200/400/600/1000/2000 (you can skip some if you want)
Polish using a blue paper towel with Mother's chrome/billet aluminum wheel polish.

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you do this to just the edges are the main deck also? with the wet sanding it would cancel out the brush strokes and give it an AWSOME finish
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you do this to just the edges are the main deck also? with the wet sanding it would cancel out the brush strokes and give it an AWSOME finish
What brush strokes?
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