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matt@oCarbon
06-15-2010, 06:02 AM
Lately I’ve seen an uptick in tuning companies selling a fabric that they call “carbon fiber wrap.” It is meant to be a low cost imitation carbon fiber for the masses. I think this is great. It’s an excellent alternative for people who otherwise couldn’t afford a real carbon fiber upgrade and want to spruce up their interiors. Furthermore, it only increases the exclusivity of real carbon fiber parts.

However, I’ve also noticed that some people that sell this “carbon fiber wrap” are seemingly purposefully vague about what it really is. They aren’t forthcoming about it essentially being a vinyl sticker with a carbon fiber pattern stamped on it. Some even go as far as to say it looks just like the real thing at a fraction of the price and this just isn’t the case at all.

Because of this, I get quite a few emails/phone calls from customers who are confused about "carbon fiber wrap" and what the difference is between it and my parts. Obviously my parts are made of real carbon fiber and the wrap is an imitation. Hopefully this post will clear things up for anyone who is on the fence about which route to go on their interior trim. If money is tight and you're sick of your wood trim, I say go for the "carbon fiber wrap." It is a great solution for a budget minded modder. For the discerning enthusiast, going with real carbon fiber adds a touch of authenticity to the interior.

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking, they speak for themselves:

http://ocarbon.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/realvsfake-001.jpg
http://ocarbon.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/realvsfake-003.jpg
http://ocarbon.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/realvsfake-007.jpg
http://ocarbon.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/realvsfake-008.jpg
http://ocarbon.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/realvsfake-009.jpg

More comparison photos here (http://ocarbon.com/blog/2010/05/real-carbon-fiber-vs-carbon-fiber-wrap/).

EuroDriven
06-15-2010, 06:40 AM
Thanks for this! I have wrapped a few pieces with the wrap already, my only issue is since the immitation is basically vinyl glue to fabric...what would it be like if you used enamel clear coat over the wrap, or some resin. (I said the enamel clear coat, because a can of spray paint is ~$5)

Also, Matt, any tips or tricks to wrap the corners easier? I may take a stab and DIY real CF trim.

-John

matt@oCarbon
06-15-2010, 06:48 AM
Thanks for this! I have wrapped a few pieces with the wrap already, my only issue is since the immitation is basically vinyl glue to fabric...what would it be like if you used enamel clear coat over the wrap

Doesn't work very well, although I only made one attempt.

http://www.showyourmedia.com/files/1274845438.jpg
http://www.showyourmedia.com/files/1274845479.jpg



or some resin.

If you're going to go through the trouble of using resin, you might as well use real carbon fiber. It is cheaper than the fake stuff.


Also, Matt, any tips or tricks to wrap the corners easier? I may take a stab and DIY real CF trim.

Sorry, can't help you with techniques.

EuroDriven
06-15-2010, 07:22 AM
Oh my...Thanks for that, I am so glad I didn't try that like I wanted to.

-John