Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I return a product?
  2. What is the difference between wet-lay and pre-preg carbon fibre?
  3. Do you do 'one off' parts?
  4. Can carbon fibre parts be glued and if so, what adhesives and preparation are recommended?
  5. Can I use the flexible carbon fibre sheet to cover my bonnet/hood, bumper, boot/trunk etc.?
  6. I like the idea of skinning parts but don't want to do it myself. Do you offer a skinning service?
  7. I ordered a carbon fibre skinning/laminating/mould making kit a week ago and it's not arrived yet.
  8. I am a European VAT registered business, can I purchase goods without paying VAT?
  9. I want to wrap/cover a very large part in carbon fibre but your skinning kit isn't big enough
  10. I live in the USA. How will shipping work and what will things cost in Dollars?

Answers...

  1. Can I return a product?

    Of course. We want you to be 100% happy with any product purchased from Carbon Mods. If for any reason you decide you would like to return the product you can do so for a refund or a replacement. If you simply change your mind and don't want the product you have 7 days to return it. If there is anything wrong with it you have 30 days to return it. Please see our terms and conditions for full details.

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  2. What is the difference between wet-lay and pre-preg carbon fibre?

    There are actually several different methods of producing carbon fibre components and Carbon Mods use three of them in our workshops depending upon the product and which process is most suitable.

    Wet lay uses dry carbon fabric that is laminated by hand using a 'wet' resin. Pre-preg carbon fibre is done using special carbon fabric that has already been impregnated with a resin and catalyst that will cure at high temperature. Pre-preg components are generally stiffer for the same weight and have a very consistant weave pattern on their surface. Pre-preg carbon is more expensive however and we tend to chose the best process on a product by product basis. The technique used to manufacture a part will always be clearly shown on its listing.

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  3. Do you do 'one off' parts?

    Whilst Carbon Mods have full design and tool making facilities in house, one off product development tends to carry prohibitive costs so in general we do not take on projects of this nature. If yours is a commercial venture or you know you have the budget to cover the tooling costs associated with new product development then do contact us for a quotation.

    As an example, the mould alone for a small part will cost a minimum of £250 to create from a good quality pattern. From a 3D CAD file (like Solidworks) the price will be a minimum of around £500 to have produced by CNC from an Epoxy tooling block. Once the mould is made, the cost of the parts will be the same as a comparible part from our existing range.

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  4. Can carbon fibre parts be glued and if so, what adhesives and preparation are recommended?

    All our carbon fibre sheets and parts can be bonded. Lots of different types of adhesive bond very well to carbon fibre but in our line of work (mainly using the sheets in automotive applications) we tend us use black Sikaflex which is a flexible polyurethane adhesive (Tigerseal is an alternative brand). Sikaflex cures to a slightly rubbery finish which is good for sheet or parts in applications where they will be subject to shocks or vibration (like on a car or boat).

    As for preparation, just make sure the surface is completely free from dirt, grease, polishing wax etc. (do this using Acetone, Nail Polish Remover etc.) or for the ultimate bond just key the surface up a little with some abrasive paper (like 400 grit).

    Our pre-preg carbon fibre products have a pattern on their reverse side from the vacume process that is already perfect to bond too so these need little or no preparation prior to bonding.

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  5. Can I use the flexible carbon fibre sheet to cover my bonnet/hood, bumper, boot/trunk etc.?

    The Flexible Carbon Fibre Sheet isn't really right for large, external applications like this for several reasons:

    1. The material itself has a slightly rubbery and textured surface finish, not smooth and hard like a carbon fibre.
    2. The sheets are only available in sizes up to a maximum of 1m x 1m (approx 3’x3’)
    3. The adhesive used on the flexible sheet may not hold it in place around complicated curves and contours indefinitely, particularly in harsh conditions (such as external panels etc. on a car).

    Covering a boonet/hood, bumper, spoiler, boot/trunk or any reasonably large external vehicle body panel can only really be successfully acheived through a more labour intensive process known as ‘skinning’. We do sell starter kits for doing this and have produced a video tutorial which hopefully explains the process quite clearly. Both the kit and the video can be seen here:

    Carbon Fibre Skinning Starter Kit

    Larger jobs will actually require more carbon fabric and resin than are included in the kit but these can all be bought separately here:

    Carbon Fibre Fabric by the square metre
    Carbon Fibre Laminating Resin (1kg pack)
    Carbon Fibre Skinning Basecoat (500g)

    The skinning process is not without skill or hard work, but it can provide a way to give any part, large or small a permenant, high quality, genuine carbon fibre finish that the flexible fabric, although very good for some things (smaller sections like tank pads, scuff guards, sill protectors etc.) wouldn’t be right for.

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  6. I like the idea of skinning parts but don't want to do it myself. Do you offer a skinning service?

    At the moment, Carbon Mods does not offer a carbon fibre skinning service to customers. This is mainly because we’re very busy with existing production commitments and are not really set up for bodyshop work in our workshop.

    If you’re looking for top quality parts we do supply the materials to a highly regarded bodyshop called Perkins Automotive who are able to offer carbon fibre skinning as a service.

    Be aware though that skinning a part in carbon fibre is a very labour intensive process even for a professional body shop. As such, the price for having a part skinned in carbon fibre by a professional bodyshop will almost always be higher than the price for a carbon fibre part (if it was available). This puts large body panels like bonnets/hoods, roofs, boots/trunks into the £500+ terretory at a minimum. Smaller parts will obviously cost less but it will still be more than the price of a comparible item if it was available to buy as a part made from carbon fibre.

    That said, Perkins Automotive have used our materials and technique to cover all sorts of things including full roofs and alloy wheels. They're highly regarded by MAX Power (considered one their #1 body shops) and are familiar with our skinning process so if you don't want to do the work yourself and have the budget for it, it may be well worth contacting them.

    If you're unsure whether to take on producing a part yourself we recommend purchasing a starter kit and having a go at some smaller parts, you might suprise yourself. Skinning parts yourself removes all the labour cost from the work and will be much more cost effective than having someone else do the work. Not to mention the sense of acheivement of doing it yourself.

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  7. I ordered a carbon fibre skinning/laminating/mould making kit a week ago and it's not arrived yet.

    I ordered a carbon fibre skinning/laminating/mould making kit a week ago and it's not arrived yet.

    Because of the chemicals used in our carbon fibre starter kits they need to be dispatched using conventional mail, rather than a high speed courier UPS (which we use for most other orders). This means that delivery times are longer than they would be for a courier like UPS so please allow the following delivery times to your region:

    Country Usually Delivered In Please Allow
    United Kingdom 2-3 days 7 days
    USA/Canada 7 days 14 days
    Mainland Europe 5 days 14 days
    Europe (other) 10 days 14 days
    Rest of World 14 days 21 days

    Because the packages are shipped in standard post this means that there isn’t a tracking number that can be provided, although they will require a signature on delivery and can be traced if they go missing.

    Please allow the times listed above before contacting us to enquire where your kit is. We dispatch hundreds of kits every week and almost without fail they always arrive safely within the delivery times (above).

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  8. I am a European VAT registered business, can I purchase goods without paying VAT?

    Yes. All you need to do is contact us before making your purchase. Email sales@carbonmods.co.uk providing your full EU VAT number, company name and personal name. We will then create your account for you, setting it up as a VAT registered European account. In future, whenever you use this account, you will not be charged VAT.

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  9. I want to wrap/cover a very large part in carbon fibre but your skinning kit isn't big enough

    In addition to this small skinning kit we also sell a Large Skinning Kit which includes materials for a project that's 1m x 1m (39" x 39"). If that's not enough for your project then we also sell all the individual parts of the kit separately meaning you can buy enough material for any project!

    For every 1sqm you want to skin in carbon fibre you'll need approximately:

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  10. I live in the USA. How will shipping work and what will things cost in Dollars?

    At Carbon Mods we can ship to any country in the world. We send many parcels to the USA every day so US customers can order from us with confidence. For a full explaination of shipping costs, times, currency conversion and other information for US customers, please view this page.

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