Merry Christmas everyone!
My attempt here is to show the easiest and most inexpensive way to laminate/skin your favorite wooden deck with Carbon fiber cloth.
You will need:
*Wooden deck. *A piece of CF cloth (carefully handling it) *Black link or Epoxy pigment for the base coat. *Epoxy resin with hardener( Bar Top Epoxy is recommended) *Heat Gun/Hair Dryer ( removing air bubbles) *Paint Brushes
Part one - Preparing your deck for skinning.
The surface of the deck has been sanded for the better bond.
Hot glued the deck down on a box to prevent from tipping over when brushing.
Part 2 - Applying the base coat.
Black pigment has been added to the resin with the hardener and mixed it with the right ratio.
Applied evenly on the deck and get good coverage on it where the fabric goes to.
brushed it on the bottom of the deck as well.
Leave it for 5-7 hours; it depends on the room temperature until it’s quite tacky. Just keep in mind that you do not let it cured completely. The timing is very crucial at this point that the resin doesn’t come off on your finger when you touch it, but it leaves the fingerprint.
Part 3 - Laying the fabric. Carefully laying the fabric on top of the deck and start from in the middle, work way outward. This is very important at this point; you do not want to pull or push too hard because potentially distort your weave.
Trim it along the edge.
Part 4: applying the clear epoxy coat. Give it a nice even coat all over; you can use the heat gun to avoid making air bubbles. It may not look perfect at the first coat, but that’s fine.
Again wait for 5-7 hours, when it gets tacky, apply the second layer of epoxy before sanding and polishing.