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Old 05-01-2018, 10:34 AM   #15
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I've been watching this progress. Gorgeous car!!
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Old 05-01-2018, 11:56 AM   #16
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Car looks great without the hood wrap

what size wheels are you running?
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Old 05-01-2018, 12:24 PM   #17
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Car looks great without the hood wrap

what size wheels are you running?
He said they're the same size/specs as factory. 19x11/19x12 with 305/325 Sport 4S.
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Old 05-01-2018, 12:42 PM   #18
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Wow what a difference in the carbon fiber. Thank you for the info Todd, I now have a project for the weekend
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Old 05-01-2018, 01:26 PM   #19
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Looks way better. I hate that hood wrap.
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Old 05-01-2018, 01:39 PM   #20
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We added Suntek over the top of the matte hood, it gave it a deeper black satin look...much better.
Just a heads up.
Mine is done in Expel Stealth and appears to match the mirrors, rockers, splitter and diffuser. I like it as it's a signature of the 1LE models.
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Old 05-01-2018, 01:42 PM   #21
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Thank you.

Yes, you treat it just like paint because it's clearcoated. Like I said, every single carbon fiber insert looks "less than good". I have yet to see any carbon fiber from any manufacturer that can't be improved upon...OEM or aftermarket.

I did a multi-stage polishing process that really brought out the clarity and detail in the carbon fiber. As you can see from the before / after photos below, clarity was improved significantly. Now you can clearly see all of the individual strands.

"Before" condition: sanding marks, buffer trails, haziness.

"After" condition.

Clarity!

Reflectivity and depth (Before applying any coating)
Wow, night and day!
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Old 05-01-2018, 01:46 PM   #22
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I have never liked the matte hood on any 1LE ever. It looks terrible and I want paint on my car, not stickons.
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Old 05-01-2018, 02:14 PM   #23
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Very nice
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Old 05-01-2018, 08:03 PM   #24
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I've been watching this progress. Gorgeous car!!
Thank you!

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Car looks great without the hood wrap

what size wheels are you running?
Thank you. OEM sizes and offsets.

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Wow what a difference in the carbon fiber. Thank you for the info Todd, I now have a project for the weekend
Thanks, and have fun!

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Looks way better. I hate that hood wrap.
Thanks.

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Wow, night and day!
Thank you. The same process happens on the wing as well.

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I have never liked the matte hood on any 1LE ever. It looks terrible and I want paint on my car, not stickons.
I hear ya.

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Very nice
Thank you.
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Old 05-01-2018, 08:27 PM   #25
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If I ever get any 1LE, that will be the first thing I would do, get rid of the wrapped hood. Looks great
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Old 05-01-2018, 10:16 PM   #26
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DAMN!!...That CF sure looks great! Is that something we rookies/mortals can do with a DA polisher and some esoteric products? What products are recommended!
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Old 05-01-2018, 10:19 PM   #27
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DAMN!!...That CF sure looks great! Is that something we rookies/mortals can do with a DA polisher and some esoteric products? What products are recommended!
Yes, you can achieve that result with a proper DA, pads, compounds/polishes, and time. I polished my hood vent with Adam's Finishing Compound and their White pad and it came out crystal clear as well. There are many other options out there, perhaps Todd will recommend them or show them in their next video on it.
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:26 AM   #28
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If I ever get any 1LE, that will be the first thing I would do, get rid of the wrapped hood. Looks great
Thank you.

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DAMN!!...That CF sure looks great! Is that something we rookies/mortals can do with a DA polisher and some esoteric products? What products are recommended!
Well...yes, and no. I do talk about this in video 3 (1 and 2 have been published). DIY'ers can make a huge difference with the right combination of tools, products, and techniques. Even a 1-step process can achieve amazing results that would make most people very happy. Be sure to check out video 1 and 2 and subscribe so you get notified when the rest of the 6-part series is released.
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