Carbon garnish



  • I have started making a mold for a carbon fibre garnish as the spare one I had in the shed turned out to be too far gone to be used again, I will keep it updated as it progresses but this is it so far

    Stuck the snapped of end back on with epoxy then filled to make it smooth again all over and filled the damaged corners and holes


    next step was to polish the garnish, this was coated in 7 layers of mirror glaze wax and a release agent so when I coat the garnish it will come out again

    The garnish is the covered in 2 layers of mold gelcoat with release agent included

    The 2 layers are then covered in polyester resin and fibreglass chopstrand matt and this has to have at least 5 layers so its incredibly stiff and retains its shape when creating the new garnish

    I will keep you posted how it turns out



  • Good work that man :D

    All my efforts with composites end up with me being structural.lol



  • Good work DJ. When your done with that you should get busy creating a standard spoiler and then an RS spoiler :wink:



  • can you make me a canadian GS wraparound spoiler?



  • @462f69a958=nightstalker:

    Good work DJ. When your done with that you should get busy creating a standard spoiler and then an RS spoiler :wink:

    +1!



  • That is hard work to make any of those listed above, I chose the garnish as its just flat with no interior

    I am working on it all this week and most of saturday so I may have the first one out very soon.

    The problem I now have is Carbon fibre, its very expensive to buy so to get it I have to blag and theres not much around in my boatyard as its very specialist thing on yachts

    If anyone can find it cheap or can get a pile of it I can do a deal for it and make one in exchange for enough for a few.

    The Mold will be finished by friday

    Next flaw is mounting, I may just use hardwood blocks to cut the costs down and then fit it by using large screws into the wood blocks



  • I was going to say how you going to mount it up,
    after looking at mine tonight, I think your method
    will be easiest and cheapest, unless you could find
    suitable captive nuts lying about? getting it all lined
    up might be an issue though ( or araldite nuts to the bottom?)

    I know a chap who makes carbon stuff for F1
    I'll have an ask as to where they get theres from.



  • @bf6b2c7b1e=youdirtyfox:

    I was going to say how you going to mount it up,
    after looking at mine tonight, I think your method
    will be easiest and cheapest, unless you could find
    suitable captive nuts lying about? getting it all lined
    up might be an issue though ( or araldite nuts to the bottom?)

    I know a chap who makes carbon stuff for F1
    I'll have an ask as to where they get theres from.

    Any carbon fibre you can get your hands on really as long as its clean, I have 2 pieces to just make one garnish so it will have a line in it on this one.
    I am thinking maybe a kevlar one in gold would look good on a black one otherwise its going to be just fibreglass and a rattler to match it up



  • @9edb1c3d48=djmarcopolo:

    That is hard work to make any of those listed above, I chose the garnish as its just flat with no interior

    I am working on it all this week and most of saturday so I may have the first one out very soon.

    The problem I now have is Carbon fibre, its very expensive to buy so to get it I have to blag and theres not much around in my boatyard as its very specialist thing on yachts

    If anyone can find it cheap or can get a pile of it I can do a deal for it and make one in exchange for enough for a few.

    The Mold will be finished by friday

    Next flaw is mounting, I may just use hardwood blocks to cut the costs down and then fit it by using large screws into the wood blocks

    Can you not use the mold to make regular garnishes (pleases :D )?



  • Dont know how much it normally is, but carbon mods is in the uk and sell complete kits for £50 with everything you need and 3'x1' of carbon fibre



  • if some one can send me a garish i can give it to the guys doing my doors and wings to make a mold



  • @393d8f3b0f=nightstalker:

    @393d8f3b0f=djmarcopolo:

    That is hard work to make any of those listed above, I chose the garnish as its just flat with no interior

    I am working on it all this week and most of saturday so I may have the first one out very soon.

    The problem I now have is Carbon fibre, its very expensive to buy so to get it I have to blag and theres not much around in my boatyard as its very specialist thing on yachts

    If anyone can find it cheap or can get a pile of it I can do a deal for it and make one in exchange for enough for a few.

    The Mold will be finished by friday

    Next flaw is mounting, I may just use hardwood blocks to cut the costs down and then fit it by using large screws into the wood blocks

    Can you not use the mold to make regular garnishes (pleases :D )?

    I can knock out a few standard fibreglass ones dead easy, they will just need painting at the end of it as they will either look poop or I have some very awful blue gelcoat to go on it but plain ones are easy and I can get materials for nowt, its the carbon thats hard work



  • you know i want one



  • Mold is finished and has come out reasonably well, I cut all the edges back today and removed the old garnish, the OEM garnish shattered so thats the end of that so I will try and get the first one laid up this week to see how they come out, then I will do my carbon one the week after, first one is already sold so I will keep this thread updated as I progress

    first look at the mold

    Trimmed and ready for the first one

    one very sorry looking garnish - it gave its life for the team



  • thats fuct now :lol: lucky i gots one 8)

    top work bro!



  • Nice work!



  • I have now sourced some real carbon fibre for the garnishes, it will work out at £15 each just for the cloth for each garnish :shock:

    I will sort a price soon as I am making a test one in plain fibreglass this saturday :D :D



  • This garnish bit is only suitable for the older mx3's isnt it, not like the spoiler bit I have?



  • my garnish bolted straight up jesta.



  • They fit all MX3's any age, just 5 bolts holding spoiler and replace it with flat garnish


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