How to Paint a Carbon Fiber Hood

Written by steve smith
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How to Paint a Carbon Fiber Hood
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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
  • Sponge
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Acrylic lacquer or clear coat
  • Paint brush
  • Abrasive pads

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 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).

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Apply a final coat of the lacquer or clear coat as outlined in Step 3 to finish the surface.

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