Originally Posted by OneMoreTime
Moving to body exterior..Basically molding Carbon fiber is based on fiberglass techniques..I kinda doubt that you will get real carbon fiber though as that stuff is cured in an autoclave..Just the stuff that looks like carbon fiber..
Actually, you only need to use an autoclave to get the highest structural properties. I had a small company that built aerospace composite parts and we used an oven and a vacuum bag to cure graphite prepreg and built flight quality parts this way. The problem with using the hood as a male mold is that the outer surface of the graphite will be rough and will look like crap. You really need to pull a fiberglass female mold off the hood and then use it to make the actual graphite parts.