How to apply carbon fiber vinyl

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Use carbon fibre vinyl for all sorts of do-it-yourself projects at home and at work. It has the look of carbon fibre but at a more affordable price. Many people use carbon fibre vinyl in their cars, cell phones, bicycles, planes, electronics and household items. You can buy the material at a local hardware store as well as online. Learn to apply the carbon fibre vinyl yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Credit card
  • Heat gun
  • Knife

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clean your work surface. Remove the vinyl's adhesive backing, then lay the vinyl on the surface.

  2. 2

    Spray the exposed vinyl surface till wet, using a foaming glass cleaner in a spray bottle.

  3. 3

    Smooth the surface with a credit card to remove any air bubbles. Work your way from the centre of the surface going outwards.

  4. 4

    Heat the vinyl with a heat gun set to low. You will notice that the vinyl will begin to stretch.

  5. 5

    Pull the vinyl and wrap the area. Smooth it again with the credit card.

  6. 6

    Trim the excess edges with a knife and remove any scrap pieces of vinyl. Smooth the edges down. Wet the vinyl again and then dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Using the heat gun allows easy carbon fibre vinyl installation around corners and edges.
  • Make sure you smooth out the vinyl completely. Any remaining air bubbles will leave you with an imperfect surface.

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