A carbon fibre bonnet is a lightweight and stylish accessory. The bonnet itself has a webbed-metal appearance that many enjoy. However, with a coat of paint a new colour may be added. Painting a carbon fibre bonnet also adds protection to the material and produces a new shine that admirers will appreciate. The process is no more involved than painting a regular metal bonnet, but different materials are used.
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Things you need
- Wet/dry metal sand paper
- Acrylic lacquer or clear coat
- Paint brush
- Abrasive pads
Rough sand the carbon fibre bonnet to remove any existing paint, sealers or clear coat using 600- to 1000-grit wet/dry metal sand paper.
Clean the bonnet and sanding residue from the bonnet with a sponge, water and soap. Rinse the bonnet clean and dry with a towel. Let the bonnet air dry for several hours. Once completely dry, move to Step 3.
Apply a layer of acrylic lacquer or clear coat sealant to the carbon fibre bonnet using a thick paint brush or spray can if you have one. Let the first coat completely dry for four hours (or as indicated on your product labelling).
Scrub the surface of the bonnet with a fine abrasive pad like a steel wool or scotch pad to knock down the surface and create a smooth, clean exterior. When finished, clean off the remaining sanding dust with a sponge and rinse the bonnet with water. Towel dry the surface.
Apply a final coat of the lacquer or clear coat as outlined in Step 3 to finish the surface.
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