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Did you have your CF clear coated prior to installation on your bike?

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For people who have bought Carbon Fiber parts for your bikes, did you have it clear coated or did you install it as is on the bike?

I took my belly pan to a local paint shop today and he actually recommends that I do not have it cleared. He said that the gel coat that is currently on there is more durable than clear is and if I would add clear I would just run the risk of chipping in the clear from rocks etc.. I (myself) had always though that clear offered a layer of protection and that it would prevent the carbon from yellowing, am I wrong?

Could any shed some light on this please?

Thank You.

Jason

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I guess Carbon Fiber does not command much attention here...

Jason
 

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I just got some parts from www.Redracingparts.com for Miss O'Seven
and i did not get any clear added to them they looked awesome straight
from the box so i installed them as is
 

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I think that most ppl just install them as is. My question though is can you cut and buff the gel coat to get more shine from it?
 

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most of the carbon fiber I have had even being akrapovic, was not up to my OCD perfection. I wet sanded all my parts then had 2 layers of DuPont clear sprayed. That is why my c/f is so smooth and orange peel Free.
 

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With the correct resin carbon wont yellow. My bike is all carbon now and it had imperfection and runs so I wet sanded it and it has 2 coats of clear with gold pearl.
 

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not only that but Clear coat isnt going to prevent from the sun. it's the resin they use when they make it. But i don't think u REALLY need to add more.
 

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not only that but Clear coat isnt going to prevent from the sun. it's the resin they use when they make it. But i don't think u REALLY need to add more.
Most clear coat has UV protection.

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most of the carbon fiber I have had even being akrapovic, was not up to my OCD perfection. I wet sanded all my parts then had 2 layers of DuPont clear sprayed. That is why my c/f is so smooth and orange peel Free.
Can we get some pics of your carbon? I bet it looks great.
 

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i never thought about doing that, my heel guards are scratched a bit i might wet sand and put a clear coat on em. i wanna see pics too Doc
 

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that is why u ghave to b careful when u buy cf and who from. cuz if they use a cheap resin or a certain kind i think it will not prevent the yellowing of the cf from the sun
 
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