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Got a smoking deal on a carbon fiber hood for the solstice. I'm considering painting the red and silver parts the same as my other hood but am considering leaving the raw carbon for the black areas. What do you all think? ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1375757962.699493.jpg ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1375757973.261387.jpg


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Got a smoking deal on a carbon fiber hood for the solstice. I'm considering painting the red and silver parts the same as my other hood but am considering leaving the raw carbon for the black areas. What do you all think? View attachment 21858 View attachment 21866


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Don't listen to these guys, paint the outside like you described and leave the center carbon exposed. It will look good. Leaving it all carbon with no paint just looks like you slapped it on with no thought and will look like you went this route because it was cheap, making the overall design look cheap. Do it!:thumbs:
 

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Don't listen to these guys, paint the outside like you described and leave the center carbon exposed. It will look good. Leaving it all carbon with no paint just looks like you slapped it on with no thought and will look like you went this route because it was cheap, making the overall design look cheap. Do it!:thumbs:
That is what I meant by my comment, paint the outside, leave the center CF exposed and then clear coat the entire hood.

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Nice score! I think you're on the right track w/ the paint scheme, too.
 

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I would definitely go for painting the sides/stripes as they are now and leaving the CF center exposed.

The only possible problem appearance-wise might be where the front bumper cover is glossy black right next to the hood....just playing devil's advocate. I personally think it will look awesome though!
 

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How much ??? I got a quote for $500 CF hood wrap.
 

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I thought when those hoods were made back in the day there were many fitment issues
 

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That's a damn good price even for the VIS wrapped hoods. There was a lot of fitment/QC issues but I'm sure they just took some massive patience to get to fit.

I'm not usually one for unpainted CF but I do like your scheme even with the glossy front bumper.

How much lighter is it than the metal hood?
 

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That's a damn good price even for the VIS wrapped hoods. There was a lot of fitment/QC issues but I'm sure they just took some massive patience to get to fit.

I'm not usually one for unpainted CF but I do like your scheme even with the glossy front bumper.

How much lighter is it than the metal hood?
I'm not sure that it is a VIS hood. I heard those hoods required the use of hood pins but this hood has all the factory hardware fittings. Anyway to tell who makes it or is VIS the only one?

I plan on weighing the factory hood and this hood to get a weight difference. I can definitely tell its much lighter but to what amount I'm not sure.


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VIS was the only ones I ever heard of making CF hoods. I think the hood pin "requirement" was just b/c they're so light. If I'm not mistaken, they had the hardware on them as well. Of course I could be wrong... I don't suppose your source has any more of these for 200 bucks?
 

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That does look good. I'm interested in fit too. I like the idea of painting where you have the same lines you have now. Maybe CF wrap the other body parts that are black? Both bumpers and rear deck lid. You know a guy that can find that for ya right? :lol:
 

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Well. I got the hood installed today and I must say that the fit is not very good. It took me a couple of hours just to get it to fit this good. My biggest complaint is that the outsides of the areas where the lights fit are not molded correctly. On one end they fit but a few inches over and it's off by like a 1/4". If you are a show car type person and looking for a high end mod, stay away from this hood. If you race your vehicle like I do mine and are ok with the fit not being perfect then it's worth it. The weight savings was quite dramatic. I weighed the factory hood and it weighed in at 82 lbs. the carbon hood came in at 34 lbs. a savings of 48 lbs. one thing that is kinda cool is when you pop the hood it opens automatically cause its so light. Lol. Here are some pics. Ill take better ones in the daylight. ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1376103113.334052.jpg ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1376103124.332229.jpg ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1376103136.149128.jpg


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