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Carbon Fibre Life Saver.

Discussion in 'Supersport (1974-2007)' started by Carr01, Dec 22, 2019.

  1. Hi,
    does anyone have any top tips on how to bring the life back to an otherwise washed out looking front mudguard.

    The carbon fibre appears to have faded in the sun and has turned a washed out grey.

    Planning on a quiet Christmas!
    Thanks.
     
  2. Flat it with progressively finer wet &dry paper and re lacquer
     
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  3. Or maybe try first with wet&dry polishing paper (2000 grade?) cos you might cut into the fibres with a coarse grade. Or, even finer, try cutting compound or good-old T-Cut...
     
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  4. look at that, barely an hour and approach potentially (hopefully) sorted, what a Forum. :upyeah: can't stress the need to get the best/suitable lacquer as my recent half-hearted cheapskate job on 1000DS Termi covers barely lasted a year - I did use Halfords lacquer that had been kicking around for several years to be fair.
     
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  5. Thanks lads, I’ll give the lacquer a go but looks like it’ll be a summer job when the garage is warmer.
    No what else can I do?
    :)
     
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  6. Use the bathroom ;)
     
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  7. Why, have I pissed myself again?
    :)
     
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  8. No. Didn’t you read my thread? Oops.
     
  9. Of course I did, and very useful it was too, thanks.
    :)
     
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  10. I did my lacquer work in the shower cubicle cos I could get it good and warm. Forgot about mist blowback. Nicely lacquered floor, bath etc. Had to wet and dry the floor in the end. SWMBO not impressed - I tried to blag it but no chance. o_O
     
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  11. I like being married, I’ll wait for warmer weather!
     
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  12. Since you have time between now and the "warmer weather" I'd try 2000grit wet & Dry and buffing in the meantime. Nothing to lose and it might be all you need.
     
    #13 Jez900ie, Dec 22, 2019
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  13. When you say buffing... what exactly do you mean?
     
  14. Using an electric polisher & cutting compound ideally, -but you could do it by hand- on a small area to see if you get the super shiny results you want.
     
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  15. Start with cutting compound. Maguires is very good, you could use T Cut. Then, if that works, use a good polish then finally wax. Use a polishing machine for best results. Post up your before and afters pics if you can.
     
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  16. Taken the mudguard off this morning, you can see the fading from the leading edge.
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    From the marking on the inside, I don’t think it’s an original part! 7FDEC5A2-02A3-47F2-BF2D-E7CB07E6A4F9.jpeg
     
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  17. Yeah it looks a nice original piece,just some TLC required.:upyeah:
     
  18. So as a sideline Marks and Spencer used to supply carbon fibre parts for Ducati?
    It’s a crazy mixed up world!
     
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  19. Jewish people are very good at making money in most playgrounds of life.:confused::upyeah:
     
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