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Small scrape/nick on front carbon fibre front splitter

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Just moved house and caught out by lip on new driveway.

Ive scraped the splitter prob 2 inches which has damaged the carbon fibre.

Asking if anyone knows of any repair options they could recommend .

TIA

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i took one but the hi res file was too large to upload so trying to work out how to get round that one

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Trim the photo down - even taking a small amount off it makes a big difference to the file size

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Sorry but that didn’t work for me... just take a pic on your phone and upload?

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2 hours ago, Akajak said:

You need to upload the photo and then save the photo after it hs been reduced in size, then upload the saved photo here. 

 

Ive been having to use that site even with phone photos recently.

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Maybe it looks worse in reality......but if not I think I’d be buying some lacquer and touching in with a very small artist brush as chances are, that doing enough just to take your eye away from it, will be enough. Especially when you find out how much it is to repair or replace!😬

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That would be my idea as well as the repair required is too small to make up some fibreglass resin to do it.

If the carbon fibre is discoloured to the point of staying the wrong colour after you apply some lacquer, you might get away with colouring the strands with an indelible marker if you can find something really close to the colour?

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Personally, I'd just use a black marker or pen since they're too small and too low on the ground for anybody to notice. 

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It adds to the patina and in the future, when a classic, it will allow the car to be sold with a lovely story about how the original owner was driving like a god at Spa and nicked the kerb at Au Rouge at over 170 mph and those scratches were the proof that he had balls the size of a shire of a horse as he just wouldnae lift off through there.

Or something like that....  :)

 

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I don't actually see any damage personally... just a little wear and tear... 

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Needs some lacquer in it and if you feel inclined flat and polish it back.

If you want it more perfect, get the whole thing relacquered.

Dave

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Any UV stable lacquer in a can will be fine.

Spray some into a container and let the volatiles dissipate for 10 mins or so before you use it then apply with a fine brush for accuracy.   

Possibly worth investing in some PPF for the future.

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Thanks guys so guess I clean the area , potentially colour it in with marker and then apply the lacquer with artists brush and leave to dry.

 

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19 hours ago, Akajak said:

Hope this works !

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Have it wrapped with "carbon-fibre" wrap -- it will even protect it from the next stone chip.  :D

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21 hours ago, Akajak said:

Like it, where from?

I bought some 3M 1080 carbon fibre wrap and did the work myself....not too terribly hard, but requires patience.

It would be a very easy job for any professional  "wrap" shop. 

I must be a bit strange.....I replaced my standard roof with a lightweight carbon fibre roof and then proceeded to wrap it in matte black.  I did leave a narrow stripe of carbon fibre exposed. 😱

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