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Can You Paint Carbon Fiber Hoods?

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Carbon fiber hoods can be painted. However, they must be wet sanded to remove any gelcoat or clearcoat, and covered with three to five coats of car paint primer so that the paint sticks.

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Professionals recommend applying three coats of primer and then baking the hood or leaving it to dry for two to three days before applying two or three more coats of primer. Once the primer has dried, the hood can be painted and then sprayed with clear coat. Painted carbon fiber hoods last longer than unpainted ones because the paint protects them from damage caused by the sun and other elements. However, they require frequent washing, waxing and polishing.

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