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    I'm wondering if the best way to get my solar panel on the outside of the car is to replace my sunroof glass with a custom fab'd fiberglass roof where I can mount the solar panel without drilling holes in my roof or otherwise damaging my car.

    In my mind, I could remove the rubber lining around the glass and make a clay mold. Once the clay dries, I can remove it and use the mold to make the fiberglass roof. Am I on the right track? I'm a major n00b to this fiberglass fabbing thing.
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    Scratch the clay. I think I"m going to go with a fiberglass mold and a carbon fiber sunroof.

    Here's my initial plan:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...WK_jecE38/edit

    Can I use the carbon fiber resin/hardner for the fiberglass as well?
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    • #3
      Carbon fiber uses a different kind of resin than fiberglass. I forget the type you need, but it is pricier. Check websites that specifically sell carbon cloth. Maybe shoot an email to be sure. A concern I would have with the CF roof panel is that proper carbon construction requires an autoclave and repairs are a nightmare. Fiberglass cloth, instead of mat, should provide an equivalent result with a much better do-it-yourself attainability.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ryven View Post
        Carbon fiber uses a different kind of resin than fiberglass. I forget the type you need, but it is pricier. Check websites that specifically sell carbon cloth. Maybe shoot an email to be sure. A concern I would have with the CF roof panel is that proper carbon construction requires an autoclave and repairs are a nightmare. Fiberglass cloth, instead of mat, should provide an equivalent result with a much better do-it-yourself attainability.

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        Ryven, you live just across the bridge from me (Hillsboro, OR). Good to know there are a few more NW peeps in this forum.

        From the vids I've watched on youtube, CF doesn't look all that much different from a fabrication perspective than fiberglass. Are you saying an autoclave is required to make the cloth, or to make the component from the cloth?
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        • #5
          you should look up what a autoclav does


          it's really only for using pre-impregnated carbon fiber cloth, and in a use that will rely on the cf for the structural integrity of the part(like a race car's pure-cf front end that applies hundreds of pounds of downforce to the car at speed).

          though i agree, unless weight is a major issue, or you really want the cf look, cf is really not needed for this application.

          fiberglass would be a lot cheaper, and still have the structural integrity you need for a panel like that.
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          • #6
            I do like the look of CF, but I think I can find black fiberglass and maybe save some money.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by tripzero View Post
              Ryven, you live just across the bridge from me (Hillsboro, OR). Good to know there are a few more NW peeps in this forum.
              Actually moving back over to Tigard next month. We should definitely meet up some time.

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