Most high-end on- and off-road RC cars and trucks come with carbon fiber (CF) components the DIB is no exception. These components are lightweight and super-strong and are use in keeping your ride fast and nimble. These parts are cut from a large sheet and, once completed, often have sharp, un-prepared edges. These edges can be fragile in a crash and the carbon fiber plate can de-laminate, causing the part to weaken and fail.
To combat that, there is a process of ‘sealing’ the sides of the CF parts. This involves taking a small amount of CA and applying it to edge of the parts, effectively sealing the edges. This will allow the parts to take much more abuse before failing.
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- Emery paper Fine (320) or Super Fine (400) and Wet or Dry sand paper in 1500 or 2000 grit. Most auto parts will have these items.
- CA Glue Thick. Any kind will do. Note that thinner glue will be a little more difficult to work with but will dry faster.
- Black Sharpie (Colors are optional).
- Q-Tips. For applying the glue.
- Small piece of plastic, preferably a plastic bag or lids from take out.
- A towel for any emergency cleanup.
- Gloves. To keep the CA from whitening.
- 3M Clear Bra Shield. Check eBay for I got a 4′ by 12″ roll for about $6 dollars shipped.
NOTE: Work in an open area with good ventilation! Any water coming in contact with the glue will speed up the hardening process, but will also create a fume that will irritate your eyes and nose. It is suggested you let the carbon parts dry completely before applying the glue.
I am kinda a stickler for detail on this so i took some extra time to ensure that every thing was done to the 10’s for show quality. You should be able to see were to cut corners to get the chassis in the build stage quicker.
Secure your work. I like using a small vice with a cotton rag on the jaw faces to keep from marring the carbon fiber. But will allow sufficient clamping force to hold the chassis and parts in the proper potions to sand later apply CA glue to seal the edges.