Carbon Fibre XCR Skinning Starter Kit

This updated version of our Carbon Fibre Skinning Starter Kit includes the very latest XCR resin technology for brighter clarity, improved UV stability, self air-releasing and quicker processing – this new version is the ultimate carbon coating system which can deliver stunning results in the shortest possible time.

Also included in the new carbon fibre skinning kit is an upgraded XCR Carbon Skinning Basecoat for a far darker, quicker curing basecoat, top-end Mirka abrasive wet-and-dry papers and the incredible Pai Cristal NW1 fast-cutting polishing compound.

Advantages

  • Clearer, brighter appearance
  • Improved UV stability
  • Expels trapped air (no bubbles)
  • Faster curing for quicker over-coating
  • Blacker, faster curing basecoat
  • Faster cutting NW1 polishing compound

Find out more about the incredible XCR Epoxy Coating Resin and NW1 Polishing Compound included in the new XCR Carbon Fibre Skinning Starter Kit.

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Description

This updated version of our Carbon Fibre Skinning Starter Kit includes the very latest XCR resin technology for brighter clarity, improved UV stability, self air-releasing and quicker processing – this new version is the ultimate carbon coating system which can deliver stunning results in the shortest possible time.

Also included in the new carbon fibre skinning kit is an upgraded XCR Carbon Skinning Basecoat for a far darker, quicker curing basecoat, top-end Mirka abrasive wet-and-dry papers and the incredible Pai Cristal NW1 fast-cutting polishing compound.

Advantages

  • Clearer, brighter appearance
  • Improved UV stability
  • Expels trapped air (no bubbles)
  • Faster curing for quicker over-coating
  • Blacker, faster curing basecoat
  • Faster cutting NW1 polishing compound

Find out more about the incredible XCR Epoxy Coating Resin and NW1 Polishing Compound included in the new XCR Carbon Fibre Skinning Starter Kit.

Further Information

What is Carbon Fibre Skinning?

Carbon fibre skinning is the process of overlaying existing components with a single layer of real carbon fibre in order to give them a genuine carbon fibre appearance. When done skilfully it should be impossible to differentiate a part skinning with carbon fibre with one made from 100% carbon fibre.

The process can be used on a variety of components and materials ranging from the vehicle interior trim* (consoles, binnacles, dash features) and exterior parts (wing mirrors, skirts, diffusers, bonnets/hoods) but can also include furniture, architectural features, household objects and exhibition displays.

Whilst skinning is essentially done for cosmetic purposes, the carbon fibre skin will add a tough, durable finish to the original component. Typically the finished layer will add approximately 0.75mm to the part. It will also increase the strength and stiffness of the original part. For example, skin of carbon fibre can be added to the top and bottom surfaces of a skateboard deck to increase its stiffness and transform the characteristics of the board.

*Note: Some plastics (including polypropylene, polyethylene, HDPE and others) can be very difficult to bond to. Parts made using these or similar plastics are unsuitable for skinning or would need to be prepared with a suitable primer which is capable of bonding to the specific plastic.

Kit Size Options and Contents

The XCR Carbon Fibre Skinning Starter Kit is available in a choice of Regular and Large versions. The regular version includes a piece of carbon fibre that measures 100cm x 30cm. The large kit includes a 150cm x 100cm piece of carbon. In both cases, the amount of basecoat, clear resin and associated consumables has been scaled to be right for the size of carbon fabric.

When determining what size and number of parts you could cover with each kit it is important to allow for some inevitable fraying at the edges of the carbon fibre and always assume that you will need to start with a piece of fabric that is slightly larger than your part in both length and width to allow for some positioning and drape of the fabric.

Both kits include genuine 2/2 twill, 3k carbon fibre fabric, XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat, XCR Clear Epoxy Coating Resin, and range of high quality Mirka waterproof abrasive papers, mixing cups, laminating brushes and new Pai Cristal NW1 fast-cutting polishing compound. Please see the specification tab for exact sizes and quantities.

Use the drop-down list at the top of the page to select your preferred kit size.

What results can I expect?

All the materials, supplies and techniques supplied as part of the skinning kit are completely capable of producing stunning professional quality parts. However, like any practical task (such as repairing a scratch or dent or spraying paint) perseverance will be required to produce work of the highest quality. As you gain skill and experience the quality of the parts will increase and the time taken to make them will decrease.

Kit Contents

The XCR Carbon Fibre Skinning Starter Kit is available in two sizes. The kit contents varies for each version.

Please see below the kit contents list for the different sizes and versions of the kit:

XCR Carbon Fibre Skinning Starter Kit – Regular

  • 0.3sqm 2/2 Twill 3k Carbon Fibre Cloth
  • 105g XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat
  • 375g XCR Clear Epoxy Coating Resin
  • 160g XCR Epoxy Hardener
  • 50ml Pai Cristal NW1 Fast Cutting Polishing Compound
  • 2 Pairs Nitrile gloves, 2 Mixing Cups, 2 Mixing Sticks
  • 2 x 1 inch Laminating Brushes
  • 120, 240, 400, 800 & 1200 Grit Mirka Wet and Dry Abrasive Paper

XCR Carbon Fibre Skinning Starter Kit – Large

  • 1.5sqm 2/2 Twill 3k Carbon Fibre Cloth
  • 375g XCR Black Epoxy Basecoat
  • 1.125kg XCR Clear Epoxy Coating Resin
  • 500g XCR Epoxy Hardener
  • 100ml Pai Cristal NW1 Fast-Cut Polishing Compound
  • 2 Pairs Nitrile gloves, 2 Mixing Cups, 2 Mixing Sticks
  • 2 x 2 inch Laminating Brushes
  • 120, 240, 400, 800 & 1200 Grit Mirka Wet and Dry Abrasive Paper

Additional information

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Data Sheets

AMPRO Epoxy Resin – TDS (technical data sheet)

Ampro Epoxy Resin – SDS (safety data sheet)

AMPRO Epoxy Resin – Overview

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