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ClarkeyWKCRD 07-21-2012 08:31 AM

Using 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film
Hi all.

I have been meaning to put this post on for awhile but have been slack.

Basically it's about using the 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film and how to apply it to your Jeep.

I ordered a 5' x 5' roll off Amazon because it was cheaper to buy it in the US and have it shipped to Australia than to buy that much here. So far I've used about half to 2/3 of it.

I have applied the film to all interior dash and door moldings, the front and rear door sills, exterior door pillars (bought pre-cut off eBay) and the steering wheel. I also covered the rear chrome brow cover but it looked a bit ordinary after I had to cut out the recessed Jeep lettering in the center so I pulled it off and ended up Plasti dipping it matte black.

There are some clips on YouTube of people applying the film so I watched as many as I could find. One in particular was from a guy in Scotland doing the interior trim of his Jeep and I pretty much just followed his advice.

Now, I did not remove the trim pieces to apply the film although I'm sure it can be done if you have the inclination and know how to do it. I just cut my pieces slightly bigger than the trim piece they were covering, so I could trim and tuck the excess in behind the trim.

I also used a hair dryer in lieu of a heat gun. This helps make the film more pliable and easier to stretch to fit and helps in removing air bubbles.

When removing the air bubbles just use a plastic scrapper or even an old ATM or credit card, starting from the middle moving them on the diagonal.

Sometimes I couldn't get rid of them all so I'd just take the tip of my hobby knife and put small holes in them to release the trapped air.

I have attached photos of what I've covered and the tools I used to do it. The only thing that isn't pictured is the rubbing alcohol I used to clean each piece before applying the film.

Just let me know if you have any questions otherwise, good luck.


ps: Hopefully the paragraph breaks work. If not, I apologise if it appears as one block of text.

jlewissystem 07-21-2012 10:29 AM

Re: Using 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film
Looks good! :thumbsup:

Angler 07-21-2012 10:31 AM

Re: Using 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film
Nice job! That looks very good. You obviously took your time and were very exacting. :thumbsup:

montgb 07-21-2012 11:38 AM

Re: Using 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film
Well done! I goofed around a lot with 3M DiNoc when it first came out.

If you're up for the challenge, try doing your sideview mirror caps. ;)

hound 07-21-2012 11:47 AM

Re: Using 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film
Will this stuff stand the test of time? It has been out for a couple years now. How well is it still sticking?

montgb 07-21-2012 02:41 PM

Re: Using 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film
It's durable stuff. Won't hold up against rock chips if used on the exterior, though.

Jcaruso 07-21-2012 03:10 PM

Re: Using 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film
Great looking for sure. Except ur steering wheel is backwards.

ClarkeyWKCRD 07-21-2012 06:29 PM

Thanks for the comments lads. So far so good with how it sticks. Putting the film on is certainly an exercise in patience but worth it in the end I think.

With that being said, I have thought about covering the side mirrors but there are a lot of curves that might be beyond my capabilities.

Scottina06 07-22-2012 04:50 AM

Re: Using 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film
^^^^^black ops autoworks here on the forums makes complete mirror covers for the wk2

ClarkeyWKCRD 07-22-2012 06:36 AM

I saw that and all their CF stuff looks great. Unfortunately the cost (with postage to Australia) is too much on my budget, otherwise I'd get it all.

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