At MAcarbon, we always try to choose the best carbon technology for the part in question. Carbon lamination (sometimes called “wrapping”) is a very useful technique for many modern parts today. Although a molded carbon piece may be sexier and some would say a “true” carbon fiber piece, lamination allows us to do pieces that would not be possible otherwise. Carbon fiber air vents would be impossible as would many of the modern snap-together Porsche interior pieces. In fact, the Porsche and Lamborghini factories use lamination in many of their carbon pieces including the interiors of the 997 (and previously 996) and the Gallardo. There are many examples of cheap lamination on the market. We produce ours at OUR facility in Europe to OEM standards using premium BASF products. We make sure the quality is the best available and is to the standards expected by Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini customers. This section will show some sample steps of why MAcarbon products are the best.
The first step in the process is surface preparation. The part is degreased and then the surface sanded to provide a rough but even surface for maximum adhesion. Like with painting, proper preparation makes a huge difference in the final result.
Once surface preparation is finished, all of the parts that will not be carboned are masked off. This prevents an accumulation of material in places where it impacts the reassembly or eventual installation of the piece.
It's now time to apply the carbon. Once the adhesive has been applied to the part, carbon is applied by hand. This is the critical step where all of the artesian skill comes in. For cosmetic carbon, its critical that distortion is kept to a minimum.
After the carbon has been applied and a resin brushed on, the excess carbon is trimmed. Here too skill is required to make any trimming as small as possible and to minimize distortion.
After the trimming of the carbon, the first coat of laquer is applied to the part.
After the trimming, the first layer of clear is sanded. The part is then polished. This removes much of the lumpiness and provides a smooth surface for the second laquering.
After the insital sanding and polishing, a second layer of laquer is sprayed onto the part. This is where most carbon companies finish the process. They put them into a box and send them to the customer!
After the second laquering, MAcarbon again sands and polishes the part. This gives an extra smooth surface with a high gloss factor.
After the final polish, the componets of the part are now re-assembled. Any adjustments (to the carbon, laquer, or the part) that might be needed are performed.
After the part has been reassembled, the piece is inspected for a final time to make sure there are no defects in the finsh or the final product. Any defects found are corrected.
All MAcarbon parts go through our US offices in Belmont CA, USA. Here we do the 'Final - Final' inspection before parts are sent out to customers. We have had very few customers who were more anal or have had higher standards than John and Lane!
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