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Carbon Fiber Maintenance


Preventative Maintenance

With all the new super and hyper cars being released with loads of carbon fiber, the demand for that look on our daily drivers is increasing. Luckily, carbon fiber does not require as much care as the exotic cars they come on. All of RW Carbon’s carbon fiber parts and accessories are finished off with a clear coat which gives them a protective layer and a beautiful glossy shine. The clear coat used on our carbon fiber products is softer than that used on the paint of your car. Due to this, your carbon fiber products will need more upkeep to keep them looking new. The more time and care you give to your CF products the longer they will last.

When washing your car go ahead and wash your CF parts with automotive clear coat safe soap and water. For extra protection we highly suggest you wax your products either with a spray wax (if you are in a rush) or apply a nice coat of polish and/or carnauba wax (recommended). Due to the softer nature of the clear coat, a polish will get rid of any fine scratches and the carnauba wax will seal the clear coat. This will protect it from moisture permeation and harmful UV rays than can cause fading, cloudiness and yellowing. If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, we recommend taking more time to maintain your CF parts.

To ensure the best care for your carbon fiber item(s) RW Carbon also recommends that you polish and wax each part by hand.  A machine in untrained hands can apply swirl marks into the clear coat.  At RW Carbon we use a microfiber wax applicator pad and towel.  For the wax itself we use Meguriars Scratch-X, Deep Crystal Polish and Carnauba wax, but any reputable name brand wax will work just fine.

Corrective Measures

If the damage is already done, there are steps you can take to get your carbon fiber parts looking like new again. If there are deep scratches, fading, cloudiness or yellowing occurring, then roll up those sleeves. You will want to use a high grit polish or rubbing compound in order to grind off the top layer of dirt and grime. Although it takes longer, we recommend doing these steps by hand with an applicator pad, to avoid rubbing too much of the clear coat off or making swirl marks. Once you have spent some time cleaning up the clear coat with the rubbing compound, use a clay bar kit to pull off additional impurities. After the clay bar kit, you can now start with the waxing process. First you will need a cleaner wax, then a light polish and finish it off with 1-3 coats of carnauba wax. Give each coat 5-15 minutes to dry before rubbing it off and 5-15 minutes in between each coat.

For additional information and steps to care for your carbon fiber parts and accessories please visit our "Step by Step How to Care for my Carbon Fiber Guide."


Warranty

There is no warranty associated with any of our carbon fiber parts or accessories. We stand behind all of our products with a fitment and quality guarantee. Please check over your item(s) before installation. We construct all our products with high quality materials, but if you neglect your new carbon fiber product(s) then they can fade and tarnish. The more time and care you give to your CF products the longer they will last, just like your car.

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If you have any further questions about keeping your carbon fiber parts and/or accessories looking like new or about our warranty please feel free to contact us via email at info@rwcarbon.com