Carbon Fibre Vinyl FAQs & Fitting Instructions

What is all the buzz about Carbon Fibre Vinyl, is it really that awesome?

3M Carbon Fibre Vinyl is a high end vinyl that looks so much like genuine carbon fibre it is often very difficult to tell it apart from the real thing. Unlike cheaper carbon fibre vinyls it has a 3D texture that reflects light from different angles just as real carbon would and giving the look of expensive dry carbon look without the cost.

Can the vinyl be used outdoors like on a car or bike and how long will it last inside?

3M rate the vinyl with a 12 year indoor lifespan and up to 5 years outdoors dropping to 3 in desert sun. Exposure to UV light is what causes the biggest problem so if your car is parked in the sun all day the vinyl won't last as long as if your car were garaged. The vinyl is resistant to rain and snow giving you years to enjoy the carbon look and actually protects the paintwork from most stone chips.

Are there any special care instructions?

The vinyl can be cleaned using a non-abrasive soap and water.

What surfaces will the 3M carbon vinyl stick to?

The 3M Di-Noc vinyl fitting instructions give full details but the most common substrates our customers will apply to are painted metal, plastic and glass. Other surfaces it will adhere to include wood, plaster board and concrete.

Should I use primer when applying to a vehicle?

A lot of websites have articles which talk about using a 3M Primer when applying Di-Noc vinyl. Our 3M supplier recommends primer only for joins and surfaces that offer low adhesion such as walls or where the application is to be permanent. It is unlikely that any of our customers will find a situation in which primer should be used.

3M Di-Noc has a matt finish that looks like dry carbon fibre, is there any way to give it a glossy clear coat?

Some customers have asked if 3M make a gloss carbon fibre vinyl or if there is a way to make the matt carbon glossy. Since 3M don't offer a gloss version there are two options - applying a gloss spray clear coat or wrap the carbon vinyl with a clear vinyl such as that used to prevent stone chips. Although this sounds like a plan the reality is that the clear coat and clear vinyl will take on the texture of the carbon fibre vinyl underneath making it very difficult, if not impossible to achieve the look that you are trying to achieve.

What if I want to remove the film?

Di-Noc vinyl film can be removed but in some cases can damage the substrate in the process. 3M offers the followig advice for removing the film but do say that the effort required and end result can vary:

•Cut the film with lines around 10cm apart - be very careful not to cut right through the film and damage the substrate

•Gently heat the film to be removed with a hair dryer or heat gun to soften the adhesive

•Pull the film down at an angle of 150 degrees quickly, before it cools

•Repeat heating and removing until finished Any glue residue can be removed with tar and glue remover from a car accessories shop.

What warranty is offered?

We do not offer a warranty or accept returns unless the product is unused and in fully resalable condition or in the event of a manufacturing defect being found. This means you cannot return the product if you have cut it, removed the backing paper or damaged it. Durability cannot be guaranteed as this really depends on correct fitting. Testing by 3M has shown the vinyl to be highly durable.

Are there any other colours?

We offer a wide variety of colours that can be ordered in for you. We currently now stock Black & Silver carbon but we will only order any other colour if someone wants it. Occasionally they have some left over from a large order so please call or email and we will contact 3M to see what's available