1. What cause cloudy Spot on Carbon Fiber Hood
  2. Is my Carbon Fiber Hood defective?
  3. What is involved to install VIS bodykits?
  4. What set VIS Carbon Fiber hoods apart from other hoods in the market?
  5. What kind of materials are used to make VIS bumpers?
  6. What is the return policy?
  7. What to do when shipment arrive?
  8. Do I reuse the hood struts / trunk spring or struts?
  9. Is it legal?
  10. What is the cancellation policy?
  11. Can I install the hood myself?
  12. Any weight saving using carbon fiber hood?
  13. Do I need hood pins?
  14. Excessive Gap with the hood install?
  15. Excessive Gap with the Trunk install
  16. Is Heatshield required?
  17. How to Remove Cloudy Spots on a Carbon Fiber Products?
  18. How to take care your carbon fiber products?

Q: What cause cloudy Spot on Carbon Fiber Hood

Cloudy white spots on carbon fiber hoods often result from environmental factors and a lack of proper maintenance. Here’s a detailed exploration of the common causes and how to prevent them, particularly for those involved in aftermarket modifications like carbon fiber hoods:

Environmental Exposure

  1. UV Damage: Extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can degrade the resin in carbon fiber, causing it to turn cloudy or milky over time. Applying a high-quality UV-resistant clear coat can significantly reduce this risk and preserve the appearance of the hood.

  2. Moisture Penetration: Moisture can enter the resin through micro-cracks or imperfections, leading to cloudy spots, especially in regions with frequent freeze-thaw cycles. Ensuring the hood is properly sealed and protected against moisture infiltration is crucial.

  3. Chemical Exposure: Exposure to harsh chemicals, such as road salts and certain cleaning agents, can react adversely with the resin, causing discoloration and cloudiness. It’s important to minimize contact with such chemicals and to clean any residues promptly.

Maintenance and Usage

  1. Improper Cleaning: Using abrasive cleaners or tools can scratch the surface of the carbon fiber, leading to a cloudy appearance. It's essential to use non-abrasive, carbon fiber-specific cleaning products and soft microfiber cloths to maintain the hood’s finish.

  2. Wax and Polish Residue: Incorrect waxing or polishing products can leave residues that result in a cloudy look. Always use products specifically formulated for carbon fiber to avoid adverse chemical reactions and maintain clarity.

  3. Physical Damage: Impacts, stress, or improper handling can cause micro-cracks or delamination in the resin, resulting in white spots. Regular inspection and careful handling are necessary to identify and address these issues before they become significant problems.

Lack of Maintenance

  1. Neglecting Regular Cleaning: Failing to regularly clean the carbon fiber hood can allow dirt, grime, and other contaminants to build up, which can lead to discoloration and cloudiness. Consistent cleaning using the right products can prevent these issues.

  2. Ignoring Protective Coatings: Skipping the application of protective coatings, such as UV-resistant clear coats, can leave the resin vulnerable to environmental damage. Regularly applying these coatings is essential to protect the hood from UV rays and other harmful elements.

  3. Delayed Repairs: Postponing repairs for minor damages like scratches or micro-cracks can lead to more severe issues, including cloudy spots. Addressing these problems promptly can prevent further deterioration.

Additional Protective Measures

  1. Ceramic Coating: Applying a ceramic coating to the carbon fiber hood can provide an extra layer of protection against UV rays, moisture, and chemical exposure. Ceramic coatings are highly durable and help maintain the hood's glossy finish while making it easier to clean.

  2. Paint Protection Film (PPF): Installing a paint protection film can shield the carbon fiber hood from physical damage, such as stone chips, scratches, and minor impacts. PPF is transparent and self-healing, ensuring long-lasting protection without altering the hood's appearance.

Prevention and Maintenance Tips

  1. UV Protection: Regularly apply a high-quality UV-resistant clear coat to shield the resin from sun damage.

  2. Proper Cleaning: Use non-abrasive, carbon fiber-friendly cleaning products and soft microfiber cloths to clean the hood, avoiding harsh chemicals and abrasive materials.

  3. Regular Inspection: Frequently inspect the hood for signs of damage or discoloration and address them promptly.

  4. Appropriate Waxing Products: Ensure the use of waxes and polishes specifically designed for carbon fiber to avoid any chemical incompatibilities.

  5. Ceramic Coating: Consider applying a ceramic coating for enhanced protection against UV rays, moisture, and contaminants.

  6. Paint Protection Film (PPF): Install a paint protection film to protect against physical damage and maintain the hood's appearance.

Repairing Cloudy Spots

  1. Polishing: Minor cloudy spots can often be polished out using a fine-grit polishing compound and a soft cloth. This should be done carefully to avoid further damage.

  2. Resin Repair: For more severe discoloration, sanding down the affected area and reapplying a clear resin or clear coat might be necessary to restore the hood’s appearance.

  3. Professional Assistance: In cases of extensive damage, seeking professional help from a carbon fiber specialist is advisable. They can ensure the repair is performed correctly, preserving both the aesthetic and structural integrity of the hood.

By understanding these factors and prioritizing proper maintenance, aftermarket carbon fiber hood enthusiasts can prevent and address cloudy white spots, ensuring their hoods remain visually appealing and durable.



Q: Is my Carbon Fiber Hood defective?

Professional Installation: Installing a carbon fiber hood requires precision and should be done by a professional at a reputable body shop. The installation may involve:

  • Enlarging existing holes for windshield nozzles
  • Adjusting mounting points for the underside heat shield
  • Modifying hood latch mounting holes for better alignment

These modifications are part of the custom installation process and do not indicate a defective product.

Component Transfer: The body shop will transfer essential components from your original hood, such as:

  • Latches
  • Windshield nozzles
  • Hinges

These transfers are standard and ensure proper functionality.

Manufacturing Process: Carbon fiber hoods are handcrafted, involving the layering of carbon fibers and resin application. This intricate process may result in minor imperfections, including:

  • Scarf marks
  • Irregular weave patterns
  • Minor surface blemishes
  • Color variations
  • Edge imperfections
  • Resin pooling
  • Air bubbles
  • Uneven textures
  • Dips or depression

These imperfections are inherent to handmade products and typically do not affect performance but may impact appearance.

Aesthetic Variation: Each carbon fiber hood is unique, displaying slight variations that add to its character. These include:

  • Scarf marks
  • Irregular weave patterns
  • Minor surface flaws
  • Color inconsistencies
  • Edge defects
  • Resin accumulation
  • Air pockets
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Depressions

Such variations are not defects but highlight the artisanal craftsmanship involved, enhancing the hood's unique charm and value.

Functionality and Durability: Aesthetic imperfections usually do not impact the hood’s functionality or structural integrity. Carbon fiber is prized for its lightweight properties, strength, and durability. Minor issues like slight waves in the weave, small bubbles, or imperfections in the clear coat are normal and not valid reasons for returns or exchanges.

Key Points to Remember:

  • Aftermarket Fitment: An aftermarket hood will not fit exactly like an OEM part due to differences in manufacturing processes and materials.
  • Professional Installation: Always choose a reputable body shop for installing aftermarket carbon fiber hoods.
  • Standard Adjustments: Modifications such as enlarging holes and adjusting mounting points are normal and not signs of defects.
  • Unique Attributes: Embrace the unique aesthetic variations as part of the charm and character of carbon fiber.

Setting Realistic Expectations: Understanding these aspects can help set realistic expectations when purchasing and installing a carbon fiber hood. Handmade carbon fiber hoods may have slight imperfections due to the artisanal manufacturing process. These unique attributes, combined with the robust performance capabilities of carbon fiber, highlight the craftsmanship and benefits of your new hood.




Q: What is involved to install VIS bodykits?

  • Preparation: Before installation, ensure that the vehicle's body is clean and free of any dirt or contaminants. This step may also involve removing any existing trim pieces or parts that the new body kit will replace.

  • Test Fitting: Before permanently installing the body kit components, it's crucial to perform test fittings. This involves loosely fitting the parts onto the vehicle to ensure proper alignment and fitment. Adjustments may be necessary to ensure everything lines up correctly.

  • Cutting and Modification: Depending on the specific body kit and your vehicle, aftermarket body kit components come unpainted or unfinished. Before painting, you may need to re-prime, sand, refill, or sometimes even re-fiberglass the parts to achieve a smooth finish. Once properly prepared, you'll need to paint or finish the parts to match the vehicle's color or desired aesthetic. Additionally, some cutting or modification of the existing body panels may be required to accommodate the new components. This step demands precision to avoid damaging the vehicle's structure or affecting its aerodynamics.

  • Mounting: Once the test fitting and modifications are complete, the body kit components are mounted onto the vehicle using appropriate hardware. This often involves screws, bolts, or adhesives, depending on the design of the body kit and the manufacturer's instructions. Please note that some parts may not be able to be reinstalled with all the existing mounting hardware or holes, requiring additional adjustments

  • Aligning and Adjusting: After mounting the components, further adjustments may be necessary to ensure proper fitment and alignment. This includes checking panel gaps, ensuring symmetry, and adjusting any parts that are misaligned.


  • Painting or Finishing: In many cases, aftermarket body kit components come unpainted or unfinished. Before painting, you may need to re-prime, sand, and refill the parts to achieve a smooth finish. Once properly prepared, you'll need to paint or finish the parts to match the vehicle's color or desired aesthetic. This may involve professional painting services or DIY painting if you have the skills and equipment.

  • Final Inspection: Once all components are installed and finished, perform a final inspection to ensure everything is securely in place and looks as intended. Check for any signs of loose fasteners, gaps, or other issues that need addressing.

  • Optional: Professional Assistance: Depending on your level of automotive experience and the complexity of the body kit installation, you may choose to seek professional assistance from a custom body shop. Professional installers can ensure the job is done correctly and efficiently, minimizing the risk of errors or damage to the vehicle.

Overall, installing an aftermarket body kit requires careful planning, attention to detail, and mechanical skill. It's essential to follow the manufacturer's instructions closely and take your time to achieve the best results.



Q: What set VIS Carbon Fiber hoods apart from other hoods in the market?

Our Grade "A" carbon fiber hoods are unrivaled in quality within the industry. Each hood features a robust carbon fiber framework that ensures strength and durability. The exterior is meticulously hand-laid with carbon fiber and coated with multiple layers of clear resin, culminating in a high-gloss finish that outshines competing products. This finish is further protected by a epoxy resin coating that shields the hood from sun damage, preventing the fading and yellowing commonly seen with other hoods. On the underside, the hood boasts a reinforced fiberglass structure, neatly covered with a seamless fiberglass layer that replicates a clean, factory appearance. For an even more polished aesthetic, we offer double-sided carbon fiber hoods, where the framework itself is also encased in carbon fiber.



Q: What kind of materials are used to make VIS bumpers?

Fiberglass body kits are crafted through a meticulous process that starts with design and prototype creation. Designers first conceptualize the kit, then create a full-scale model, usually from clay or foam, to refine the design. Once the model is finalized, a mold is made by applying a release agent to the prototype and covering it with layers of fiberglass and resin, which then cure to form a negative replica of the part.

The actual body kit parts are made by laying fiberglass mats into the mold, then coating them with resin. This process is repeated to build up the part's thickness, ensuring air bubbles are removed for uniformity and strength. After curing, the part is removed from the mold, trimmed, and any excess material is sanded away for a smooth finish. Holes for mounting are drilled, and the part undergoes a final inspection before being primed and painted, ready for installation on a vehicle. This method allows for the creation of lightweight, durable components that can significantly alter a vehicle's aesthetics and aerodynamics.

Polyurethane body kits are manufactured using a high-precision process that begins with the creation of a master pattern. This pattern is used to craft a durable metal mold, typically aluminum, which can withstand the high pressure and temperature required for polyurethane casting.

The manufacturing process involves injecting liquid polyurethane material into the mold under high pressure. This method ensures the material fills every part of the mold, capturing intricate details and ensuring a consistent thickness throughout the part. Once injected, the polyurethane quickly cures, significantly faster than fiberglass, making it possible to demold the finished parts in a shorter period.

After curing, the parts are removed from the mold and undergo minimal post-processing, primarily trimming of excess material and any necessary drilling for fittings. Polyurethane's flexibility and durability mean these parts are less prone to cracking or breaking compared to more brittle materials. The finished body kit pieces are then inspected for quality, primed, and painted if necessary, ready to be fitted onto vehicles. This process allows for the production of body kits that are not only durable and resistant to impact but also have excellent fitment and finish straight from the mold.


Q: What is the return policy?

Q: What to do when shipment arrive?

Q: Do I reuse the hood struts / trunk spring or struts?

Gas struts and tension rods are designed to exert significant pressure to facilitate the opening and lifting of heavier Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) hoods, trunks, and hatches. These OEM components are calibrated for specific rigidity and weight, which may not align with the properties of aftermarket composite parts. Aftermarket parts generally do not possess the same tensile strength as OEM parts and are thus less capable of withstanding the high pressure exerted by standard struts or rods. This discrepancy can lead to fitment problems, manifesting as bulging or, in more severe cases, cracking of the aftermarket components.

If you notice such fitment issues, it is critical to remove the struts or rods immediately to halt further damage. For minor deformations, a remedial technique involves the application of heat and weight. This method includes placing a heavy object on the affected area—ensuring there is a protective layer, like a towel, between the object and the composite part—and allowing it to sit under direct sunlight for several days. This approach utilizes the heat to soften the composite material slightly, allowing the weight to help reshape and potentially reverse the deformation, provided it hasn’t been left too long without intervention. This technique exploits the thermal expansion properties and viscoelastic behavior of composite materials to correct deformations non-invasively.






Q: Is it legal?

Items sold by VIS Racing Sports Inc. ("VIS") may not be legal for street use in all states and none of the parts from our company are DOT approved. It is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with applicable state laws. All fiberglass or carbon fiber parts have no warranty. All goods are sold as is unless otherwise specified. There are no other warranties, express, implied, including any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.



Q: What is the cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy is designed to reflect the commitments and costs associated with the preparation and handling of orders. For all special orders, a nonrefundable deposit of the total costs is required at the time of order placement. If the Buyer decides to cancel the order for any reason, this deposit will be forfeited immediately to Vis Racing Sports Inc.

Once an item has been shipped, the Buyer cannot cancel the order. This policy is in place because once the shipment is en route, both outbound and inbound shipping costs are incurred. Therefore, if a cancellation is requested after the item has been shipped, these costs must be covered, preventing cancellation at this stage.

Vis Racing Sports Inc. is not responsible for any delays in shipment. All provided shipping dates are estimates and should not be considered guarantees. Consequently, the Buyer is not entitled to chargebacks, price reductions, or other offsets due to late shipments or failure to deliver within the estimated time frame.

Furthermore, if special order items remain unclaimed for more than 30 days from the time Vis Racing Sports Inc. receives the parts in stock, and the Buyer has made no attempt to claim their order, the order will be considered canceled. Under these circumstances, all deposits previously made will be forfeited to Vis. This policy ensures that inventory management and order processing are efficiently handled, respecting both the operational needs of Vis Racing Sports Inc. and the responsibilities of the Buyer.



Q: Can I install the hood myself?

Installation of all aftermarket hoods requires the expertise of a professional body shop. This process may involve adjusting latches, hooks, or fenders, among other components, as part of the standard installation procedure. Additionally, modification may be necessary, including drilling out stock holes for windshield nozzles and mounting holes for the underside heat shield. In certain cases, it may also be necessary to ovalize the hood latch mounting holes to allow for more adjustment. The body shop will also need to transfer all essential mounting hardware, such as latches, windshield nozzles, and hinges. It is recommended to apply loctite to all mounting hardware and recheck during each oil change for optimal safety.

These tasks are considered typical bodywork and installation steps; any resulting issues are not indicative of a defective item. Furthermore, all hoods require hood pins for safety reasons and cannot sustain any force or weight on the surface, as this could result in cracking.

Fiberglass parts (including body kits, hoods, and trunks) are manufactured using hand-laid techniques, which are more labor-intensive but result in superior fiberglass quality. These parts come with a primer finish, which can be sanded and painted. Sanding, trimming, cutting, shaving, refilling, remolding, and potentially removing reinforcement bars or shock absorbers may be necessary to ensure proper fitment and finish. It is essential to pre-fit all aftermarket fiberglass parts onto the car before painting and installation.



Q: Any weight saving using carbon fiber hood?

Using a carbon fiber hood instead of a traditional steel hood can lead to weight savings. Carbon fiber is a lightweight and strong material commonly used in automotive applications to reduce the overall weight of vehicles, which can improve performance and fuel efficiency.

The amount of weight saved by using a carbon fiber hood depends on various factors such as the size and design of the hood, as well as the specific materials used in its construction. However, in general, carbon fiber hoods can be significantly lighter than their steel counterparts.

For example, a typical steel hood for a car might weigh around 30 to 40 pounds, whereas a carbon fiber hood designed to fit the same vehicle could weigh as little as 18 to 23 pounds  or even less, depending on the design and construction.

In some cases, the weight savings achieved by using a carbon fiber hood compared to an OEM aluminum hood may not be as significant. Aluminum is already a lightweight material commonly used in automotive components due to its strength-to-weight ratio.

While carbon fiber is lighter than steel, the difference in weight between carbon fiber and aluminum can be less pronounced. However, carbon fiber still offers advantages such as high strength and stiffness compared to aluminum.

The weight savings achieved by using a carbon fiber hood over an aluminum one will depend on various factors including the specific design, thickness, and construction techniques used in manufacturing the carbon fiber hood. In some cases, the weight savings may be modest, while in others, it could be more substantial.

Ultimately, when considering a carbon fiber hood, it's essential to evaluate not just the weight savings but also other factors such as aesthetics, performance improvements, and cost.





Q: Do I need hood pins?

Installing hood pins on your vehicle, especially if you have a carbon fiber hood, is an essential upgrade that offers multiple benefits:

Enhanced Vehicle Performance and Efficiency: Carbon fiber hoods are notably lighter than their traditional steel counterparts, boosting vehicle performance and fuel efficiency. However, their lighter weight increases susceptibility to aerodynamic forces at high speeds, which can cause the hood to lift or flex. Hood pins provide a crucial reinforcement, ensuring the hood remains securely fastened, thereby maintaining your car’s aerodynamic integrity and performance.

Critical Safety Measures: The safety implications of installing hood pins cannot be overstated. A loose or suddenly opening hood during driving can severely obstruct the driver's vision, leading to dangerous situations. By securing the hood firmly, hood pins drastically reduce the risk of accidents, protecting not only the driver and passengers but also fellow road users.

Damage Prevention: Carbon fiber, while strong, is more prone to damage from excessive vibrations or movement than steel. Unsecured hoods can flex or shift, potentially causing cracks, dents, or even significant structural damage over time. Hood pins ensure that the hood is anchored evenly, distributing forces more effectively and reducing the risk of damage.

Regulatory Compliance: Many areas require the installation of hood pins for modified vehicles, including those with aftermarket carbon fiber hoods. These regulations are designed to ensure all vehicles on the road meet safety standards. Installing hood pins not only helps in adhering to these legal requirements but also avoids potential fines or legal issues.

Aesthetic Preservation: Often chosen for their sleek look, carbon fiber hoods are a statement of style. Hood pins are designed to be unobtrusive yet functional, ensuring that your vehicle retains its aesthetic appeal without compromise. They prevent misalignment and physical damage that could otherwise detract from the vehicle's appearance.

In summary, the installation of hood pins is more than just a precaution; it’s a smart, responsible choice for enhancing the safety, compliance, performance, and aesthetics of your vehicle. It's a straightforward modification that promises significant returns on investment in terms of both safety and vehicle integrity.



Q: Excessive Gap with the hood install?

Adjustment is a standard requirement for any hood installation. Aftermarket hoods or trunks may not fit exactly like OEM parts. However, any gaps present can typically be corrected through meticulous adjustment.

To achieve proper alignment (whether reinstalling your factory hood or installing an aftermarket one), it's necessary to loosen (but not remove) all bolts attaching the hood to the hinges initially. Once this step is completed, close the hood and check for excessive tension on the front latch. If tension is detected, loosen the latch and adjust it until the hood closes smoothly, similar to a factory hood.

Avoid dropping the hood to close it by gravity or applying excessive pressure to the front latch area. Instead, use gentle pressure with your palm over the latch area until it securely latches into place. This careful approach ensures proper alignment and reduces the risk of damage during closure. If you lack experience with installation, it's advisable to seek the assistance of a Professional Aftermarket Body Shop.



Q: Excessive Gap with the Trunk install

Aftermarket trunks might not exactly match the specifications of your car's original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. As a result, you may notice differences in size and alignment, which could lead to a more pronounced gap between the trunk and your car's body compared to the original factory trunk.

To achieve the best possible fit, it's essential to meticulously adjust the trunk. Aim for an even alignment on both sides to ensure that the trunk not only looks integrated but also functions properly. Correct alignment helps maintain the car's aesthetic appeal and ensures that the trunk operates smoothly without any issues.



Q: Is Heatshield required?

We highly recommend using a heatshield to protect your carbon fiber hood from several heat-related damages. Carbon fiber, while strong and lightweight, is susceptible to the high temperatures typically generated by engine operation. Without a heatshield, this heat can lead to discoloration and yellowing of the hood's surface, diminishing its aesthetic appeal. Additionally, prolonged exposure to heat can cause the resin in the carbon fiber to weaken, leading to cracking and bubbling. These issues not only affect the appearance of the hood but can also compromise its structural integrity. By installing a heatshield, you effectively shield the hood from excessive heat, thus preserving both its looks and functionality.



Q: How to Remove Cloudy Spots on a Carbon Fiber Products?


Cloudy spots on a carbon fiber hood can be caused by various factors, including oxidation, UV exposure, water spots, and residue buildup. Understanding the causes helps in preventing and addressing these issues effectively. Here’s a comprehensive guide to removing these spots and restoring the hood's glossy appearance, including a wet sanding method for severe cases and professional re-coating for extreme cases.

Causes of Cloudy Spots

  1. Oxidation: Prolonged exposure to sunlight and oxygen can cause the clear coat or resin on carbon fiber to oxidize, leading to a cloudy or hazy appearance.
  2. UV Exposure: Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can degrade the resin, causing discoloration and cloudiness.
  3. Water Spots: When water evaporates, it can leave behind mineral deposits that form spots. These can etch into the surface over time if not removed promptly.
  4. Water Condensation: Trapped moisture under the clear coat or resin can cause cloudiness, especially in high humidity conditions.
  5. Residue Buildup: Contaminants such as dirt, oils, and pollutants can accumulate on the surface, leading to a dull or cloudy appearance.

Materials Needed:

  • Automotive pH-neutral shampoo
  • Microfiber wash mitt
  • Clean microfiber towels
  • Detailing clay bar and lubricant
  • Automotive polishing compound
  • Dual-action (DA) polisher (optional, for best results)
  • Carbon fiber-specific sealant
  • Carnauba wax or synthetic polymer wax
  • UV protection spray
  • Wet sandpaper (1500 to 3000 grit)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Sanding block (optional)


  1. Wash the Hood

    • Step: Thoroughly wash the hood using a high-quality, pH-neutral automotive shampoo and a soft microfiber wash mitt.
    • Purpose: This removes surface dirt and contaminants.
    • Rinse: Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a microfiber towel.
  2. Clay Bar Treatment

    • Step: Use a detailing clay bar with a clay lubricant to remove any embedded contaminants that washing didn’t remove.
    • Method: Spray the lubricant on a small section of the hood and gently rub the clay bar back and forth until the surface feels smooth.
    • Wipe: Wipe off any residue with a clean microfiber towel.
  3. Wet Sanding (For Severe Cases)

    • Preparation: Soak the wet sandpaper (1500 to 3000 grit) in water for at least 15 minutes.
    • Application: Spray water on the cloudy spot and the sandpaper.
    • Method: Using the sanding block or holding the sandpaper flat, gently sand the cloudy area in a circular motion or back-and-forth motion. Keep the surface wet to avoid overheating and further damage.
    • Caution: Apply light pressure to avoid sanding through the clear coat or epoxy resin. Frequently check your progress to avoid over-sanding.
    • Rinse: Rinse the area and wipe with a clean microfiber towel to check if the cloudy spot is gone.
  4. Polish the Hood

    • Step: Apply an automotive polishing compound to a small section of the hood.
    • Hand Application: Use a clean, soft cloth to rub the polish into the cloudy spots in a circular motion.
    • DA Polisher Application: For best results, use a dual-action polisher with a soft foam pad. Apply the polish to the pad and work in small sections at a low speed, gradually increasing to medium speed.
    • Purpose: The polishing compound helps to remove oxidation and surface imperfections causing the cloudy appearance.
    • Wipe Off: Wipe off the polish residue with a clean microfiber towel.
  5. Inspect the Surface

    • Step: After polishing, inspect the hood under good lighting to ensure the cloudy spots are gone. Repeat the polishing process if necessary.
  6. Apply Sealant

    • Step: Apply a carbon fiber-specific sealant to protect the hood from future oxidation and UV damage.
    • Method: Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application, usually applying a small amount to a microfiber applicator pad and spreading it evenly over the surface.
    • Drying: Allow the sealant to cure as per the instructions before buffing off any excess with a clean microfiber towel.
  7. Waxing

    • Step: After the sealant has cured, apply a layer of high-quality carnauba wax or synthetic polymer wax.
    • Method: Use a clean microfiber applicator pad to apply the wax in a circular motion. Allow it to haze, then buff it off with a clean microfiber towel.
    • Purpose: Waxing adds an extra layer of protection and enhances the gloss of the carbon fiber.
  8. UV Protection

    • Step: Regularly apply a UV protection spray or cream to prevent future clouding caused by sun exposure.
    • Application: Spray or apply the UV protectant evenly and wipe it off with a microfiber towel.
  9. Professional Re-coating (For Extreme Cases)

    • Step: If the cloudy spots persist or the clear coat is severely damaged, consider taking your vehicle to a professional body shop.
    • Process: A professional can sand down the existing clear coat and apply a new one, ensuring a flawless finish.
    • Benefits: This ensures that the carbon fiber components are protected and restored to their original condition.

By understanding the causes and following these steps, you can effectively remove cloudy spots from your carbon fiber hood and maintain its glossy, pristine appearance. For severe cases, wet sanding followed by polishing, sealing, and waxing can restore the finish and provide long-term protection. In extreme cases, professional re-coating by a body shop is recommended to ensure the best results. Regular maintenance and protection will help keep your carbon fiber components in top condition.

Q: How to take care your carbon fiber products?

Maintaining all carbon fiber components on your vehicle, including the hood, trunk, spoiler, and lip, involves a specialized care routine to preserve their luster and structural integrity. Here’s an updated and improved guide to keep your carbon fiber parts in top condition using the latest products:

  1. Regular Cleaning:

    • Frequency: Weekly or as needed based on exposure to dirt and elements.
    • Method: Use a high-quality, pH-neutral shampoo specifically designed for automotive use. This ensures effective removal of dirt and contaminants without damaging the carbon fiber's epoxy coating.
    • Tools: Utilize a soft microfiber wash mitt to avoid scratching the surfaces. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all soap residues.
  2. Application of Detailing Spray:

    • After Washing: Once the components are clean and dry, apply a detailing spray formulated for carbon fiber.
    • Benefits: These sprays enhance shine, protect from UV rays, and add a layer of defense against dust and dirt. Use a clean microfiber cloth to apply the spray evenly.
  3. Protective Sealants:

    • Frequency: Every 2-3 months.
    • Application: Apply a sealant specifically made for carbon fiber. These sealants create a barrier against environmental contaminants and moisture, which can lead to degradation of the resin.
    • Visual Enhancement: Sealants also enhance the visual depth, making components appear glossier and more vibrant.
  4. Waxing:

    • Frequency: Every 3-4 months.
    • Type of Wax: Use high-quality carnauba wax or a synthetic polymer wax safe for carbon fiber.
    • Application: Apply the wax sparingly and buff gently with a clean microfiber cloth. This provides an additional protective layer against UV rays and adds a rich, reflective shine.
  5. UV Protection:

    • Regular Use: Employ UV protection sprays or creams regularly to prevent degradation from sunlight exposure.
    • Application: Ensure even coverage over all carbon fiber surfaces to prevent yellowing and breakdown of the fibers.
  6. Scratch and Repair Kits:

    • For Minor Damage: Keep a carbon fiber scratch repair kit handy for any minor scratches or dings.
    • Contents: These kits typically include a clear, resin-based compound to fill in scratches and restore the surface to its original appearance.
    • Usage: Follow the kit’s instructions carefully for best results.
  7. Professional Inspections:

    • Annual Check: Have a professional inspect your carbon fiber components annually for any signs of structural wear, such as cracking or delamination.
    • Importance: Early detection of issues can prevent more significant problems and ensure the longevity and safety of the components.

By following these updated care practices, you can maintain the aesthetic appeal and structural integrity of your carbon fiber products, ensuring they continue to enhance your vehicle’s performance and appearance for years to come.