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Since the first pictures from the Essen auto show in 2003 of Carbon Fiber mirrors, I have been drooling for them. No one sold them, so I did the next best thing, I made my own. I decided to teach myself how to mold and work CF.
They are not as flashy as the chrome, and with the Ti color you hardly know they're there.
Here's a few pictures.











Please excuse the filthy car, it was either wash the car or work on finishing the covers.
I have lots of leftover fabric so next up will be CF wheel centers, CF oil cap, and there are a few interesting covers in the engine bay.
 

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Re: Custom Mirror Covers (Our R)

Wow!!! That is freaking awesome!!! How much did a run like that cost you btw (CF is pretty expensive these days). Did you mold the CF over the stock piece? AWESOME JOB!!! http://********************/smile/emthup.gif http://********************/smile/emthup.gif http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Did you take pictures as you made it? Can you describe the process and what you used to match the lines of the mirror. I've wanted something similar for awhile now and am interested in some other CF bits. I've already concluded I'd probably have to try and make my own as well. Can you please describe the process.

Oh ... and how did you make the clips and everything to hold it in place?
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yeah, that's kickass, it would look really nice on my titanium R... and yes, if you do decide to go into production I'm on board for a set

What he said.
 

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Re: Custom Mirror Covers (Our R)

SUPER SLICK!

This is definetly a mod I was considering for the future. Kudos for you reading up on CF processing. This is a perfectly sized project to experiment with.

First off, did you go the polyester or epoxy route??? Poly is probably the more common, epoxy, more durable. Either way, MAKE SURE you clear coat them with a UV stable clear, or they will begin to yellow and/or deteriorate.

There is a GREAT source here in Michigan, the home of American boat building, for epoxy and how-to tech for working with either fiberglass or CF. Go here:

http://www.gougeon.com/

Super helpful with literature and phone help and advice.

Be careful doing any of the underhood stuff since you will almost surely want to go the epoxy route with that. Epoxy heats up to some pretty extreme temps during the curing process and anything that is overly flat will warp and twist under those types of temps.

Great job! More "in-process" pics if you got 'em
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What he said.

Ditto for me http://********************/smile/emthup.gif http://********************/smile/emthup.gif

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Re: Custom Mirror Covers (Our R)

nice job Lee! http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Thanks for all the nice complements.
Sorry I won't be making another set, too many projects on my plate. The home reno project is our house, new roof, siding, and windows. Heck of a hail storm.
I did not mold the covers as the originals have a very nice and simple mounting system which would be hard to duplicate. I didn't want to reinvent the wheel. I just layed up a layer of CF over a new mirror cover I bought in primer. It took about 4 layers of resin, a bit of trimming and some wet-dry sanding. Then several coats of clear enamel.
It's funny, once you make a piece I think it could become habit forming.
 
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