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How to apply a carbon fiber finish to a contoured surface.

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I thought I would share something I did on a viper hood. I wanted the hood to match the spoiler on the ACR viper, the kit came with decals for the spoiler, but I didn't want to try and get decal material to lay down on the hood vents. So I decided to paint both parts together and try to get them to match.

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I started by painting the hood with a black crystal. I like this because it has a lot of silver in it already and pops really well.

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I cut out a piece of plastic window/door screen/netting found in the fabric section at Walmart.

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I wanted the pattern to run side to side on te hood, not diagonal so I started it with a straight edge across the top

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This puts the pattern running pretty even across the hood like the real thing.

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Because of the bulge on the top of the hood, I didn't want there to be to much detail lost from where the material wouldnt contact the hood side. So I traced the bulge on the screen then cut it out.

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With the center cut out, it's stretched and taped to the back side of the hood.

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Fallowed by the sides, butted up as close as possible to keep a gap from forming when the paint is applied.

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dusting with silver and gold, it gives a pretty good representation of the fiber pattern.

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Once cleared, it has a pretty convincing effect.

A little wet sanding and some more clear will give it a very nice smooth finish over the sprayed pattern. It's not totally true to scale, but it gives a good representation.

I hope this helps someone, and I hope I'm not reposting someone else's idea. I looked but didn't find much on it. So I thought I would share mine.

Thanks for looking.

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Little update, here she is cleared, color sanded, cleared, decaled and cleared again.

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Thanks for looking.

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