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f15046
06-16-2009, 02:59 PM
So I have a friend that works with carbon fiber making aircraft parts, his work was throwing out some carbon fiber that had expired (per FAA regulations). So he scored 15 yards of carbon fiber, for FREE! The carbon fiber already has the resin impregnated in it, so it has to be put in an oven at 250 degrees for 1.5 hours to cure.
My question: I want to wrap the trim in my car, can it handle an oven at 250 for 1.5 hours, or will it melt?

iwearpro
06-16-2009, 03:26 PM
As far as I know,the interior door trim and dash trim is metal..Im pretty sure.

werewolves182
06-16-2009, 04:43 PM
What type of trim do you have? A4 aluminum trim is actually plastic with the metal covering, S4 wood grain trim is actually metal trim with the plastic wood grain on top. Not sure about others though.

iwearpro
06-16-2009, 05:11 PM
What type of trim do you have? A4 aluminum trim is actually plastic with the metal covering, S4 wood grain trim is actually metal trim with the plastic wood grain on top. Not sure about others though.

I guess they might be but I know mine are for sure metal..lol..These are the standard 96 a4 pieces and from what Ive found,everything on a 96 is weird and unlike a 98 up

mike-2ptzero
06-16-2009, 05:32 PM
So I have a friend that works with carbon fiber making aircraft parts, his work was throwing out some carbon fiber that had expired (per FAA regulations). So he scored 15 yards of carbon fiber, for FREE! The carbon fiber already has the resin impregnated in it, so it has to be put in an oven at 250 degrees for 1.5 hours to cure.
My question: I want to wrap the trim in my car, can it handle an oven at 250 for 1.5 hours, or will it melt?

Isn't that stuff supposed to be used in an inclave which heats it and sucks out the air?

werewolves182
06-16-2009, 05:59 PM
Isn't that stuff supposed to be used in an inclave which heats it and sucks out the air?

I believe your right about that. I'm pretty sure that stuff needs to be vacuum cured in an oven.

f15046
06-16-2009, 07:49 PM
So no one has answered my question, will the trim melt?

NJx
06-16-2009, 08:21 PM
I really dont know for sure but plastic really doesnt have that high melting point Id say test it try getting a small peice or something and trying it

jrock
06-16-2009, 08:45 PM
The thing you should worry about is the plastic tabs on the back that more than likely will melt and then you wont even be able to stick mount them in the car. Did my trim in DIY carbon fiber and never used the oven as you should just let it sit over night and keep throwing more coats on over a couple days. So to break it down, never tried the oven but would def. no recommend it.

onemoremile
06-18-2009, 11:03 PM
How are you going to fit the long center trim piece in your oven?

mnsirtee
06-19-2009, 12:17 AM
try getting one of those heat gun and slowly heat it to curve into the trims.

F16HTON
06-19-2009, 06:58 AM
FWIW when you autoclave pre-preg CF you need pressure to form it, typically in the form of a mold that compresses it with the heat.

We use vacuum forming and autoclave, however our molds are waterjacketed and high temperature water is circulated, which allows the product to take shape and the resin to cure instantly.

We do nat actually vacuum bag, but the molds are actually precision calibrated and seal with gaskets.

f15046
06-19-2009, 08:43 AM
I wouldn't be curing this in a household oven.

I think I'll just try a piece and see how it turns out.

400HPA4- thanks for the info

Amorphic
06-19-2009, 08:47 AM
How are you going to fit the long center trim piece in your oven?

lol, good point

Quattro
06-20-2009, 04:41 AM
subscribing, curious to see how this turned out.