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Old 03-06-2010, 03:58 AM   #1
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Default Carbon fibre stickers on bodyshell

Might not be an appropriate thread here but I'm an electric racer so it feels like home here...

So how do guys apply carbon fibre stickers on your bodyshell? Is it glued onto the bodyshell from the outside or from the inside?

Most stickers i found has adhesive on the back which means it needs to be glued onto the bodyshell from the outside... is that the right way of doing so?
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Yes, apply decals on the outside or paint CF look on the inside.
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Yes, apply decals on the outside or paint CF look on the inside.
If you apply carbon fibre sticker on the hood from the outside, wouldn't it easily damaged when you flipped the car upside down?
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If you apply carbon fibre sticker on the hood from the outside, wouldn't it easily damaged when you flipped the car upside down?
Yes, especially racing on asphalt. That is a part of racing RC.
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If you apply carbon fibre sticker on the hood from the outside, wouldn't it easily damaged when you flipped the car upside down?
Don't flip.
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Don't flip.
Haha nice advise but sometimes its easier said than done....
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Yes the self adhesive stuff will get damaged super easily. The adhesive isn't very strong either so it's very likely to peel of the smooth lexan. That stuff is better for covering other things like servo & receiver labels or rough plastic...

What your looking for is a special mask that allows you to make your paint job look like carbon fiber. People use a sheet of non-slip shelf liner from a home store that looks like a small checkerboard. You place a piece of that sheet inside the body after you finish all your masking. Tape it in place and give the body a very light dusting of silver spray paint (yes on the inside). Then you remove the checkerboard mask and re-spray the area with black. Once finished, the painted area looks just like that faux carbon-fiber decal sheet, expect it won't get damaged when you flip over...

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I'm assuming that he has a pre-painted body.
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I'm assuming that he has a pre-painted body.
Perfect excuse to get a new body...

But if it was pre-painted, why would he want carbon decals with the adhesive on the front?
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I'm assuming that he has a pre-painted body.
Its not pre-painted... but a friend of mine has some carbon fibre sticker sheet lying around... so its free... thats why I asked...
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Yes the self adhesive stuff will get damaged super easily. The adhesive isn't very strong either so it's very likely to peel of the smooth lexan. That stuff is better for covering other things like servo & receiver labels or rough plastic...

What your looking for is a special mask that allows you to make your paint job look like carbon fiber. People use a sheet of non-slip shelf liner from a home store that looks like a small checkerboard. You place a piece of that sheet inside the body after you finish all your masking. Tape it in place and give the body a very light dusting of silver spray paint (yes on the inside). Then you remove the checkerboard mask and re-spray the area with black. Once finished, the painted area looks just like that faux carbon-fiber decal sheet, expect it won't get damaged when you flip over...

What if i use the carbon fibre sticker, put some clear adhesive on it and stick it from the inside instead... can this be done?
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What if i use the carbon fibre sticker, put some clear adhesive on it and stick it from the inside instead... can this be done?
Most likely full of bubbles...
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