Watch carbon fiber film get applied to a guitar. I WANT THIS!

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  1. chrisjw5

    chrisjw5 Supporting Member

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    The company doesn't say much about how it's done on their site (probably because they offer a training course), but I think the end result is awesome.

    Personally, I love the look.

    I'd also love to know how it works. I'm sure it's not just a matter of film in water.
     
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    HeyMrTeleMan Colonel of Truth Gold Supporting Member

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    Wow! Thanks for that! Very cool.

    BTW- if you spell it "Carbon Fibre" you can charge more, since it's French...

    :)
     
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    Water? wow, that is weird... never would have thought it was done by dipping? I don't even get how it works.... Arent carbon Fiber dashboards etc laminate layups? How does the pattern get symmetrical and linear by dipping it?
     
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    Is this just for looks?
     
  5. chrisjw5

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    It exists as a sheet of film, and if you watch how he lines it up, he's being very deliberate. So I don't think it "gets" symmetrical, I think you line it up that way.

    The video says he lets the film soak for 60 seconds, then he sprays something on it - I think that's an activator (they sell it labelled as such on their site). Notice how it unwrinkles some sections of the film.

    I'm guessing that the activator both causes it to adhere to the first thing it touches and anything unbonded to dissolve, since the parts that don't hit the guitar seem to dissipate in the water.

    What I really don't understand is this: if it's a piece of film, you'd think that the design in the cavities, especially that big one (that looks like it's for a Kaoss pad, a la Matt Bellamy) doesn't look stretched out, which it should if it's a flat film being pushed into an 'unflat' area.

    The effect is incredibly cool.

    I believe so. Just a different type of finish.
     
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    I had no idea how it was applied and the process is pretty cool. I have only seen it on a few models and it does appear it's only purpose is for looks.
     
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    It's just a picture of carbon fiber basically. You could apply all different types of "pictures" like this - it just happened to be carbon fiber. Not structural at all like real the real thing.
     
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    That's what I was thinking, just another version of "photoflame" not carbon fiber.


    "What I really don't understand is this: if it's a piece of film, you'd think that the design in the cavities, especially that big one (that looks like it's for a Kaoss pad, a la Matt Bellamy) doesn't look stretched out, which it should if it's a flat film being pushed into an 'unflat' area."

    Yah, that's what I didn't get about alignment... maybe stretching is a better word.
     
  9. chrisjw5

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    If you click through the link in the OP, they have lots of designs, from wood to flames to camo.
     
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    You could just lay real carbon fiber on a guitar and not mess around with films or stickers. Its so easy a monkey could do it....

    And real carbon fiber has a 3d look that changes in the light when moved and dips or stickers dont look anything like the real thing.

    ~JH
     
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    It is "stretched", compare the pattern in the pocket with the top.

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    I wonder what the screen of the guitar body in the bottom left does?


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    Interesting for sure, but I agree with Mr. Hotnuts. If you are going to go to this trouble, go for the real deal.
     
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    Its a Kaoss pad midi controller
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Very cool. Sort of similar to doing a swirl finish.

     
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    Cleanup looks fun and toxic.
     
  19. chrisjw5

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    I'm wondering if that IS Matthew Bellamy's guitar, and this is the finish company's way of subtly promoting that they did his?

    And get the sides as well?



    I watched a few other videos, and it seems like the film is paint suspended in plastic. The activator dissolves the plastic and leaves the paint on the water, just like a swirl. It would seem that the hardest part is getting a steady dip without moving the water - and the paint floating on it - around.
     
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    Yes, sides and back, how hard could it be?

    I am pretty sure a monkey could do it. ;)

    ~JH
     

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