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HOW TO: perfect carbon fibre edges

Old 04-29-2008, 05:39 PM
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how much do you have to sand it under water, after the CA is on there? and does it work with crazy glue type stuff, because it has a super thin applicator for the job.
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr RCTech View Post
Not bad...

But most pros use blue locktight instead of CA!

Easyer, faster..less mess!!!
which ones, the ones doing crack?

locktite does nothing to seal or adhere the edge.
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:00 PM
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I've seen a lot of ways to use CA to seal the edges of carbon fiber over the years and most were a mess in one way or another.........

.........but a couple of years back I came across some fingernail CA that came with a brush IN the bottle - and it worked pefectly. No muss, no fuss. Now even some of the major CA makers, available in the hardware section at the big box stores, sell a version of CA that has an included brush. The small brush allows the user to only put a light coat of CA where they intend.


extra tip: it also works mucho bettero for gluing tires, easier to control application and the flow of the CA
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by TEM View Post
Anyone got a quick and easy way of bevelling battery cut outs?
You can just use a Dremel with a Grinding Bit. Just use a slow to med speed on the dremel, run the bit across the slot, rotate the chassis, then run the bit down the same slot again, perfect bevels.

You will create a lot of dust, so use caution.

Edit - found the posts on the 007 thread:
http://www.rctech.net/forum/showpost...&postcount=685
http://www.rctech.net/forum/showpost...&postcount=686

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Old 02-05-2009, 01:12 AM
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Awesome thread.
My TC5 is on it's way and is getting the exact same treatment, i hope it works well
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:06 AM
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Good write-up...I've done the same in years past but never used the sharpie...I've have to try it next time...

My only difference is I graduate the sanding, starting with 320 to 600 and finally 1000 if needed.

I have a question with regarding to polishing the face of a carbon fiber chassis. I recently purchased a new kit and the carbon fiber face is not polished / shinny? Its dull. Does anyone have any suggestions. Not that it matters as I run the car as is, but thought I'd ask.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:24 AM
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I know this thread is super old, yet found it on a search.

I don't want to sand CF, it is nasty stuff if it gets in your lungs. The health risks are not worth it to me ...just to get a nice edge on an RC car.

However,
Has anyone tried applying enamel paint to the edge of their chassis? No sanding, just enamel paint? Enamel dries glossy, does a good job of filling any minor edge imperfections and if allowed to cure it actually gets nice and hard. ..I am thinking of applying a colored enamel to the edge of my chassis. thoughts??
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:37 PM
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Paint will do nothing to keep the edges from delaminating which is the whole point of CAing the edges. Sanding CF is no big deal if you take a few precautions. Like wear a dust mask or just wet sand it. I just do it in the sink under running tap water. No sanding dust at all because I keep it wet.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Odin544 View Post
Paint will do nothing to keep the edges from delaminating which is the whole point of CAing the edges. Sanding CF is no big deal if you take a few precautions. Like wear a dust mask or just wet sand it. I just do it in the sink under running tap water. No sanding dust at all because I keep it wet.
Exactly. I've even sanded my parts completely submerged in a tub of water. It isn't a big deal and the end result is worth it.
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Something to try.
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Is anyone still sealing their chassis? Unless you round the edges is it pointless putting glue on?
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I smooth out the edges with a dremel (sanding tip). But do take precaution when working with CF. No fun breathing this stuff in.

P.S. I just realized how old this topic was. Drift Buggy, no I don't use any sealing.
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Old 10-25-2014, 03:15 PM
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So will I benefit anything from giving it quick sand and putting glue on or has the edges need to be rounded off to gain anything.

Didn't see point in starting a new thread.
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