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Old 01-03-2014, 03:55 AM   #1
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Bringing the luster back to ye old carbon fiber hood.

So I'm sure some of you have read about the issue I was having with my VIS Carbon Fiber Hood. Over the year, the clear coat on the hood became cloudy and no matter how much I washed or scrubbed, the cloudiness would return once the hood had dried. I was to the point where I was contemplating wrapping the hood in vinyl or even painting it red to match the car.

But before I did that, a buddy of mine wanted to try a few products on my hood.

Cleaners used are listed in order they were used.

•First up we had to get the hood really clean. We Clay bared and used Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Detailer and a couple of micro fiber towels.

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•Also, we had split the hood up into 4 sections so we didn't have to worry about product drying while he was working on another area.

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•Next up was the Meguiar's Deep Crystal Polish. We used quarter sized dabs about six inches apart across the length of each section. My buddy buffed it on at low speed while I wipe up the excess with a micro fiber towel.


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•The next product we used was Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. Which we also buffed onto the hood. The results were begining to be transparent.


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•Finally we finished off with Meguiar's Gold Class Wax

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And the results...


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Old 01-03-2014, 04:25 AM   #2
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That's fantastic! I'm really glad you figured it out. Where do you buy all that product?
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That's the weakness of the gel coat vis uses. If I were you, I would get a layer of proper clear coat sprayed on now. That way you will be able to just clean it normally. Gel coat is softer and it picks up contaminants quickly.
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That's fantastic! I'm really glad you figured it out. Where do you buy all that product?
I believe he got all those supplies from autozone type stores.

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That's the weakness of the gel coat vis uses. If I were you, I would get a layer of proper clear coat sprayed on now. That way you will be able to just clean it normally. Gel coat is softer and it picks up contaminants quickly.
That's a really good idea. I'm going to run this treatment through one more time. My hood is pretty clear now but I can still see a little bit of spotting still. Hopefully the second time will clear that up and then I'll see if I can get it recleared.
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It looks like the first half of my photos didn't upload.
I'll have to edit them in when I wake up. Lol
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That's fantastic! I'm really glad you figured it out. Where do you buy all that product?
I've seen it at Wal-Mart/auto zone
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now your hood has the shine & your cars jealous
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so now the hood is shiny when its in the rear view of that real race car in the back ground
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Hey, I just noticed something, you forgot to paint the hood to match the rest of your car!
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Yeah, I still haven't washed it. :/
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so now the hood is shiny when its in the rear view of that real race car in the back ground
Surprisingly, that Genesis is a monster! I can't even list off all he's done to it because he's always adding ****! From what I can recall, he's got an upgraded turbo, custom exhaust manifold, fmic, full exhaust, stage 5 clutch, cams, 1000cc injectors and a dyno tune. I know he's about to switch to E85 once he gets a haltech ECM. Click image for larger version

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Yeah, I still haven't washed it. :/ Surprisingly, that Genesis is a monster! I can't even list off all he's done to it because he's always adding ****! From what I can recall, he's got an upgraded turbo, custom exhaust manifold, fmic, full exhaust, stage 5 clutch, cams, 1000cc injectors and a dyno tune. I know he's about to switch to E85 once he gets a haltech ECM. Attachment 143671 Attachment 143672


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I know this...that's why I said it! all genesis are like that hahaha
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