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      04-25-2012, 11:45 AM   #1
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Question Real Carbon or 3m Di-Noc?

Ok so I have been looking at either adding some carbon fiber parts to the exterior of my car or going with the 3M Di-Noc film instead. I would like to do the grille, pillars, and mirrors.

Is the Di-Noc film easy enough to work with for a novice? Will the result be satisfactory? Obviously the benefit here is the cost, but should that be the only motivator for not going with real carbon trim pieces?

Give me your thoughts. Thanks.
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Di noc is really easy to work with, if you want a cheap solution i would higly recommend it
but if you have some serious money you should go with real carbon fiber
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Ok so I have been looking at either adding some carbon fiber parts to the exterior of my car or going with the 3M Di-Noc film instead. I would like to do the grille, pillars, and mirrors.

Is the Di-Noc film easy enough to work with for a novice? Will the result be satisfactory? Obviously the benefit here is the cost, but should that be the only motivator for not going with real carbon trim pieces?

Give me your thoughts. Thanks.
Di-Noc is the way to go. Stay away from the Real stuff. It's many times more difficult ot get right and the adhesive may cause you issues if and when you decide to remove it. Di-Noc will come off just fine and leave no residue as long as you don't use any adhesion promoters.
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vinyl is definitely "easier" when compared to actually fabricating your own pieces in cf...

however, keep in mind that vinyl (doesnt matter who the hell makes it) will NEVER look like real carbon fiber. some of the 3M di-noc stuff comes pretty close from far away, but up-close, vinyl will still look like vinyl.... ESPECIALLY on exterior parts.

my advice (not that it really matters on an internet forum) is if you must use vinyl/di-noc for whatever reason, use it only on interior pieces. exterior pieces have all look cheap and obviously fake when wrapped in that. park the car next to one with real carbon fiber and the difference is night and day.
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I'm with the use it on interior, real on exterior parts.
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Good responses. Thanks everyone.
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