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Old 11-17-2012, 07:24 AM   #1
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We recently had a local customer contact us looking for some help on a car he had just picked up. It was a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX. The previous owner had replaced the factory aluminum hood with a (heavier) SEIBON Carbon Fiber Hood.

Project Revive Seibon Carbon Hood with Hexis Carbon Fiber Wrap on the site here

The Texas sun had not been kind to it. The gel coat was in tough shape, it was faded, stained, and in rough shape. The new owner had tried to polish it. Hours later one small area was better, but still terrible looking. The fabric of the hood had faded from black to a dingy olive drab. No amount of polishing, or re-clear coating was going to save it, and it was frankly an eye sore. Having it repaired and painted body color would be more than the hood was worth (plus the new owner was not completely enamored by the look anyway). Finding a clean factory aluminum hood was not in the budget either.

Seibon Carbon Fiber Hood – Failed, faded, stained, and olive drab… (Yes this is post ‘cleaning it’


We worked with the customer on a solution. We decided to wrap the bulk of the hood with our Hexis 3D Carbon Fiber Wrap. I know, ironic. The customer decided to paint the hood scoop and the two large finned vents. Was thinking of trying PlastiDip, but in the end used some paint he already had on hand.

Hood Wrapped, waiting on paint




Project finished. Hood wrapped in Hexis Carbon Fiber Wrap, and scoop and vents painted.







We also removed the metal mesh fog light grills and installed our GT Yellow Fog Light Protection Kit




The condition of the hood, the raised (integrated and not removable) vents, and the tarred / bonded in washer squirters did prove a challenge, the wrap is applied and the scoop and grills are painted. The customer was blown away at how much better the car looks!

So how much did this cost you ask? With everything used the materials were just over $100 and the project took several hours. Exact pricing for your vehicle will depend on how big your hood is. Short money spent to get a much better look in my book.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:06 AM   #2
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Good job!

...waiting to read the "cf wrap haters" comments, even though it's set over top of real cf.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:37 AM   #3
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I wouldn't say I'm a "cf wrap hater" but it's fair to say I'm not a lover of cf, real or wrap. In this case the wrap was an excellent save for the hood since the owner wanted to stay with it so mission accomplished.

It gone from an embarassingly ugly hood to a well turned out ugly hood.
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Well, it turned out good. As long as the customer is happy.
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Why spend all that money on a heavier hood??
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The customer is very happy with the results, exceeded his expectations! As for why the original owner went with the hood? Who knows. I have always said it is your car do what you want as far as mods go. Same with this, though personally I would have retained the factory hood. The car may wind up with a factory hood in the future, but for now the car does look dramatically better; which was exactly what the customer was aiming for!
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it was an improvement over what they started with.
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Good job!

...waiting to read the "cf wrap haters" comments, even though it's set over top of real cf.

This is one of those rare cases when wrapping real CF with CF wrap is about the only thing you can do.

And since the original owner replaced the lighter hood with the heavier CF, I can only imagine he was going for the "I GOT CAHBON FIBAH YO!"
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The before and after is crazy. The car has a whole new appearance. Looks better after, still not a cf fan though lol. Good work.
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