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Old 01-21-2015, 02:32 PM
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Default Instrument Panel Treatment Similar to the Factory RV-12

Guys,
I searched the forum but could't find reference to a treatment that is similar to the factory RV-12 black panel treatment. It looked to me to be a stick on treatment. I spoke to the Synergy guys at Sebring last week. They indicated that they send off the panel to get the treatment done but thought that there might be a stick on treatment that a builder could use. Is anyone aware of a product to do this?

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Old 01-21-2015, 03:03 PM
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I used this 3M product, it works well. Has a nice texture and depth.

http://www.carbonfiberfilm.com/

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Old 01-21-2015, 03:07 PM
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That is exactly what I was looking for.

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Old 01-21-2015, 03:50 PM
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Here is the web site that I used for the 3M carbon fiber material.
I used it on my panel and it went on easy.
You can compare price with the other web site.

http://www.metrorestyling.com/Carbon...mpldinoccf.htm
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:53 PM
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Andy, what round head black screws did you use? I have some AN515B6R8 but they are not shiny like yours.
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:57 PM
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I've been planning on trying the 3M carbon fiber-like vinyl. Haven't figured out what to do with the split panel the -12 has, though. I think it would be impossible to make it look good doing each of the three pieces separately but I'm not sure how durable the edges would be if the whole thing were covered then slit the joints. Maybe cover the whole thing and hope I never have to separate the parts ...
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Default Carbon Fiber Panel

Carl,

I used the 3M Carbon Fiber tape on my RV-4 panel and am very pleased with the results. The screws are are all normal instrument screws painted with Satin Black (matches perfectly) and clear coat satin (rattle cans).

The 3M tape is easy to work with and easy to trim, pic below:

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Andy, what round head black screws did you use? I have some AN515B6R8 but they are not shiny like yours.
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I used AN515B6R8 PHILLIPS from Aircraftspruce.

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I used AN515B6R8 PHILLIPS from Aircraftspruce.

Joeri, is that a carbon fiber applique or vinyl or something else? The whole effect, including the joints, is very nice ...
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:55 PM
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I used the 3M DINOC carbon fiber-like stick-on product (from MetroStyling) for my panel. It came out great! A word or two of caution:

-- File down the edges of all panels that are covered and abut each other to provide for the additional thickness of the abutting wrapped panel edges (By golly, Van's tolerances are tight! ) BTW, wrap the edges of each panel - I would definately not try to do the entire panel with one piece of vinyl.

-- Use the available special contact cement for reinforcing critical edge openings, screw hole areas, etc. You may find that the vinyl material puckers-up a bit under the screw heads (I use nylon washers under the screw heads) - no big deal unless such trivial things drive you nuts.

There is quite a lot of past discussion on this subject in this forum.
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